Appreciating Great Work: A recognition company's musings
on work we love, cultures we admire, people who achieve,
teams that click, moments of brilliance, and tips, truths, and
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Author Archives: angie haugen

volunteer

Tomorrow is Make A Difference Day and millions of volunteers across the nation will unite to focus on the vast needs of local nonprofit organizations. The day was started 21 years ago to illustrate the importance of volunteerism and the impact each one of us can make.

Organizations that support employee volunteerism find that it benefits their communities, employees, and business. In fact, a UK study of 200,000 workers found that more than half of employees who participate in employee volunteering felt more productive in the workplace and the programs helped improve recruitment, retention, and staff morale and decrease absenteeism. Employees also reported that 80% would prefer to work for a company with a volunteerism program. Some even reported feeling healthier and taking fewer sick days because of their involvement with the program. + Read More

the making of a great work culture

pets at home

What does it take to create a culture of great work? As The Sunday Times  number one ‘best big company’ to work for in the UK, Pets at Home knows the answer. Hitting the list at #2 last year, and taking the top spot this year, the company has mastered the formula for great work. Rankings are based on employee ratings of their leadership team, the balance between work and home duties, opportunities for personal growth, satisfaction with pay and benefits as well as employee’s view of their company’s generosity and how they give back.

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graduation advice

Everywhere you look online, you’re probably seeing some of the same commencement speeches and graduation advice I’m reading. Sages imparting their time-won wisdom, offering it up in the “What I Wish I’d Known When I Graduated” variety. But, ten years into my career, I have realized that there was a definite advantage in learning some things for myself. Being inexperienced, even kept in the dark, allowed me to form my own opinions and use fresh (sometimes naïve) eyes as I stood on the shoreline and cast off on my career voyage.

Here are four things I’m glad I didn’t know when I graduated:

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employee at computer

According to recent surveys, nearly 25 percent of employed American workers report that they clock at least some hours at home each week. Working remotely has become so ubiquitous, there are entire communities devoted to supporting the workshifting movement. And while it has its advantages—telecommuting has been proven to boost productivity, decrease absenteeism, and increase retention—recognizing virtual teams has its own set of creative challenges.

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Teamwork Tips

Teams that click don’t fall from the sky. It takes time and focused effort, but keep going and your consistency will pay off. Enjoy our teamwork tips for powerful team building ideas to inspire, develop and challenge your team. Click to read more below for this week’s teamwork tip, founded in the research from O.C. Tanner’s New York Times bestseller The Orange Revolution, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, and get your team on track to breakthrough performance.

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Teamwork Tips

Teams that click don’t fall from the sky. It takes time and focused effort, but keep going and your consistency will pay off. Enjoy our teamwork tips for powerful team building ideas to inspire, develop and challenge your team. Click to read more below for this week’s teamwork tip, founded in the research from O.C. Tanner’s New York Times bestseller The Orange Revolution, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, and get your team on track to breakthrough performance.

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Teamwork Tips

Teams that click don’t fall from the sky. It takes time and focused effort, but keep going and your consistency will pay off. Enjoy our teamwork tips for powerful team building ideas to inspire, develop and challenge your team. Click to read more below for this week’s teamwork tip, founded in the research from O.C. Tanner’s New York Times bestseller The Orange Revolution, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, and get your team on track to breakthrough performance.

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Teamwork Tips

Teams that click don’t fall from the sky. It takes time and focused effort, but keep going and your consistency will pay off. Enjoy our teamwork tips for powerful team building ideas to inspire, develop and challenge your team. Click to read more below for this week’s teamwork tip, founded in the research from O.C. Tanner’s New York Times bestseller The Orange Revolution, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, and get your team on track to breakthrough performance.

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