Employee Awards

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    "The problem with most bonus policies," says Duke University's Dr. Dan Ariely, "is that they treat employees like rats in a maze, who sit motionless unless motivated by food. Money is not the only, and often not the best, motivator." Rather, he says, people are more motivated by meaning, social connection, or achievement. Why do people climb...
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    Employers know only too well the tightening effect that continued growth has had on the labor market. Human resource publications constantly are regaling their readers with tales of employers competing for scarce employees using techniques like allowing employees to bring their pets to work or hosting job fairs for convicts. Yet is all that...

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    Q We are thinking about implementing a "years of service" award to recognize employees' time with the company. With that in mind, is it legal to present an employee with a gift certificate on the anniversary of her hire date? Do we risk violating any wage and hour laws? A The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempts certain types of...
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    Q We don't have any available space to accommodate nursing mothers. We are considering modifying the ladies' locker room, which has a locking door. We would install privacy curtains and an outlet for a pump. Additionally, we would purchase a comfortable vinyl chair (so it can be wiped down) and a table for a pump, bottles, and any other necessary...
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    In response to the recession, more than 60 percent of all U.S. companies took cost-cutting actions that involved some sort of reduction in force, oftentimes increasing the workloads of existing employees, freezing salary increases, and reducing bonuses. As a result, 6 in 10 employers believe their cost-cutting measures increased workplace stress...
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    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. companies lose an estimated $3 billion a year to the effects of negative attitudes and behaviors at work. So make it your professional resolution in 2012 to create a positive and productive workplace for your employees. These five simple tips may help. Help employees get...
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    An employer in San Antonio found to its chagrin that giving out those employee-of-the-month awards (in this case, employee-of-the-quarter awards) is poison, just plain poison, when you're defending a lawsuit. The company also discovered that some of the standard defenses employers have regularly used to get employees' claims tossed...
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    An employer in San Antonio found to its chagrin that giving out those employee-of-the- month awards (in this case, employee-of-the-quarter awards) is poison, just plain poison, when you're defending a lawsuit. The company also discovered that some of the standard defenses employers have regularly used to get employees' claims...
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