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Enterprise Incentive and Recognition Design – Part Trey – Design for the Many – Not the Few?

This is the 3rd in the 5-part series on things to consider when designing incentive and recognition strategies for the enterprise. First of all, please don’t assume any of these individual postings in the series are exhaustive of how to… Continue Reading →

A New “Paul”Cast – Tie Dyed and Geeked Out!

Sometimes you need to break the rules to feel alive. This is one of those times. Normally, I try to focus “Paul”Cast topics on early career advice but this one is a bit different. This time we’re focusing on an… Continue Reading →

Enterprise Incentive and Recognition Design – Part 2 – Time to Align

A little alliteration never hurt anyone. The first post in this series went up on July 25th. It focused on making sure your program design fits with your brand. I can sum up that post with this quote: “Don’t cheap… Continue Reading →

Incentives and What Now Is Considered Luxury

[The following was originally written for an internal company newsletter and then remixed for a blog post on my company’s blog. Below is the raw material I provided to make both of those efforts happen. I thought was worthy of… Continue Reading →

Trips to Win! A New “Paul”Cast

Dang…it’s been over a month since I last posted to this blog. Where was the uprising? I didn’t see my lack of attention here on the news. I didn’t get bucketfuls of letters screaming for a post. I guess I… Continue Reading →

Should You Pay Employees Extra for Working on Special Organizational Projects?

Somewhat recently (sorry – I’m a bit backlogged) a question came up on one of my HR-focused discussion groups in Facebook. The poster was seeking ideas on how to compensate employees for being part of a company effort described as…… Continue Reading →

Employee Engagement and The Stanford Prison Experiment

Image a world where the meek have really inherited the earth. Where the rich are now at the bottom of the economic pyramid and the poor are now the ruling class. Imagine working in a factory shooting screws for 10… Continue Reading →

New Research: Employees Work Harder When They Are Almost Starving

[Warning – rant ahead] Love that headline? What if I told you that you can get more production from your employees if they are hungry? Or cold. Or tired. Or flat out exhausted. What if I told you that the… Continue Reading →

Little Shop of Engagement Horrors

It is no secret that employee engagement has become a vapor for most companies. The percentage of “engaged” employees has remained stable (and low) for well over 10 years. I’ve even suggested that maybe our 30%-ish engagement statistics represent the… Continue Reading →

Tess Ausman on the “Paul”Cast – Dress for Success?

Haven’t done a “Paul”Cast in a while and frankly – I felt really rusty in this episode. But Tess Ausman helped pull me through and we ended up with an interesting discussion on dressing for success when starting your career… Continue Reading →

My #SHRM17 To-Do List

Two months from now thousands of HR Professionals (and a enough amateurs to make it interesting) will descend on New Orleans for the 2017 Society of Human Resource Management annual conference. There will be parties. There will be regrets. There… Continue Reading →

Because only 10% of your team really matters, right?

Say you have 100 sales people (or employees with a quantifiable metric) and you want to do something to drive increased performance. Most of the time you, or your VP of Sales, will suggest an “incentive” program to get people… Continue Reading →

If I’m not home … I might be here…

When I started writing my blog I was prolific. One a day. Every day. Over time I got busier and busier. And the blog suffered. Still does. I’m still writing but not always here. If you’ve checked the sidebar on… Continue Reading →

Heaven Forbid We TALK to Employees!

I’m jotting this post off in a hurry because the muse is hitting me and I have a full “to-do” list this week. A good friend and smart guy Jason Lauritsen posted in Facebook a link to an article entitled:… Continue Reading →

Words With Friends – Words With Emotion

Incentives and rewards influence behavior. Recognition influences behavior. Simply paying attention influences behavior (ask Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger after their studies at the Hawthorne plant in the 1920s). What you say influences behavior. HOW you say things also has… Continue Reading →