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21 Team Building Activities to Boost Engagement

21 Team Building Activities to Boost Engagement 21 Team Building Activities to Boost Engagement

Explore these in-office and remote team building activities that will boost engagement and morale.

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Effective collaboration, mutual respect, and a sense of camaraderie are the foundation of a productive and happy workplace. Enter team-building activities—structured events designed to bring people together, break down barriers, and create lasting connections.  

But how effective are these activities really, and what are some creative ways to incorporate them into your work culture? Let's dive in.

Are team-building activities effective?

Whether it’s an impressive mini golf game or an epic scavenger hunt that had everyone talking for weeks, these events are a staple in the corporate world. But do they actually work, or are they just a way to get out of the office for a few hours?

Many studies that go back decades have found a common theme that comes from team building activities, and that is helping create a shared group identity. Team building activities are more than just fun and games; they're strategic tools that foster better communication, enhance problem-solving skills, and build trust among team members. When done right, these activities can transform a group of individuals into a cohesive unit, ready to tackle any challenge.  

Here's why team-building activities are effective:

  1. Improve communication: engaging in team-building exercises encourages open communication, helping team members feel more comfortable sharing ideas and feedback.
  1. Enhance collaboration: working together on fun, non-work-related tasks helps break down silos, especially between team members in different departments.  
  1. Build a safe space: the more people are encouraged to work together, the more they’re likely to build stronger trust and bonds with each other.  
  1. Boost morale: a well-planned team building event can re-energize your team and be the spark that was needed to get everyone working together outside of a work setting.  
  1. Strengthen relationships: these activities provide opportunities for employees to get to know each other on a more personal level.  

Team building can lead to psychological safety

Companies like Google swear by team building. Their Project Aristotle study found that the best teams are those where members feel safe, valued, and connected—exactly what team building aims to achieve.

When Google embarked on Project Aristotle, their goal was to identify what makes a team effective. They discovered that the best teams exhibit five key dynamics:

  1. Psychological safety: team members feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable in front of each other.
  1. Dependability: team members reliably complete quality work on time.
  1. Structure and clarity: team members have clear roles, plans, and goals.
  1. Meaning: work is personally important to team members.
  1. Impact: team members believe their work matters and creates change.

Google found that the way a team collaborates and interacts is more important than who is on the team.  

“Don’t underestimate the power of giving people a common platform and operating language. Project Aristotle is a reminder that when companies try to optimize everything, it’s sometimes easy to forget that success is often built on experiences — like emotional interactions and conversations of who we want to be and how our teammates make us feel.” - Julia Rozovsky, Director of People Operations at Google

Team building vs. team bonding

While team building and team bonding are often used interchangeably, they have distinct differences in terms of purpose and activities.  

What is team building?

The primary goal of team building is to improve team performance and efficiency. It focuses on enhancing specific skills, processes, and dynamics within the team to achieve better collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.

Team building examples: workshops or training, strategy games like escape rooms, scavenger hunts and puzzles, and recreational activities.  

What is team bonding?

The purpose of team bonding is to strengthen interpersonal relationships and build a sense of camaraderie and trust among team members. It focuses on creating a positive and enjoyable atmosphere where team members can connect on a personal level.

Team bonding examples: social events like dinners or happy hour, and shared experiences like going to a movie or a paint night.  

Sometimes a large, time-consuming team building event isn’t necessary, and a shorter team bonding experience is more appropriate. It’s important to also take note that not everyone enjoys or feels comfortable participating in a team building activity. Offering a mix of both to your team that can satisfy everyone is key!  

How to plan team building activities

Planning and managing team-building activities requires thoughtful preparation, clear objectives, and effective execution. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind while planning and managing a successful team-building activity:

Set clear objectives

Define what you want to achieve with your team-building activity. Goals can include improving communication, building trust, enhancing collaboration, or simply having fun.

Understand your team

Consider your team’s size, preferences, and current dynamics. Tailor activities to accommodate different personalities and comfort levels. What activities are they likely to enjoy and engage in?

Plan and prepare

Make sure you have all the tools and resources necessary for your activity. If you have a hybrid team, utilize collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams or Slack so remote workers can join. Consider scheduling during work hours to encourage participation.

Gather feedback

Solicit feedback from team members about what types of activities they would enjoy and find beneficial. What did they enjoy? What could be improved? Use this feedback to plan future events.

Team building activities, when implemented effectively, can indeed have a significant positive impact on team dynamics and overall workplace culture.  

If you’re struggling to find a team build activity to spark engagement and give your team a morale boost; here’s 21 team building activities to get you started!  

Office team building activities

  1. Office Trivia: create a trivia quiz about the office, company history, or fun facts about team members. Split the team into small groups and let the trivia begin!
  1. Book Club (in-office or remote): start a book club where team members read the same book and then discuss it in either a in-person or virtual meeting.
  1. Puzzle Competition: divide everyone into teams and each team must assemble the same puzzle. The team who completes their puzzle first wins!  
  1. Office Scavenger Hunt: create a list of items or clues related to your office environment. Split into teams and see who can find all the items first.
  1. Lunch and Learn (in-office or remote): host a lunch where one team member shares a skill or knowledge on a particular topic. It could be work-related or a personal hobby.
  1. Cook-Off Challenge: organize a cooking competition where teams must collaborate to create a dish.  

Remote team building activities

  1. Two Truths and a Lie: each team member tells three statements about themselves, but one is a lie. The rest of the team must guess which statement is the lie.
  1. Virtual Scavenger Hunt: for those working from home, craft a creative list or activities that people must find or complete around their home.    
  1. Geoguessr: Geoguessr is a geography game where players are given a Google Street view image from anywhere in the world and tasked with guessing the location.  
  1. Show and Tell: each team member puts together a small presentation about an accomplishment or a fun fact about themselves and presents it to their team.
  1. Drawize: Drawize is an online Pictionary tool where teams take turns drawing their clue and others have to guess what it is.  
  1. Workplace Bingo (in-person or remote): create bingo cards with various office-related tasks or observations (e.g., “Has a yellow post it on their desk” or “Attended a meeting with the CEO”).
  1. Virtual Escape Rooms: similar to in-person escape rooms, virtual escape rooms require teams to solve puzzles and riddles within a virtual environment.
  1. Online Trivia: host a virtual trivia night with questions covering a range of topics. This can be a fun way to encourage friendly competition and team spirit.
  1. Virtual Coffee Breaks: schedule regular virtual coffee breaks where team members can chat informally about non-work-related topics.  

In-person team building activities

  1. Escape Rooms: these immersive experiences require teamwork, communication, and quick thinking. Teams must work together to solve puzzles and escape within a set time limit.
  1. A Hike or Nature Walk: an easy hike or walk is a great way to get your team members out of the office, especially in the summer months, to enjoy the sunshine.  
  1. Mini golf: mini golf is a great low-intensity activity and perfect for larger groups of people.
  1. Bowling: a great social activity that encourages team bonding and building relationships.
  1. Volunteering: give back to the community by organizing a volunteer day. Whether it's cleaning up a park, planting a tree or helping at a local shelter.  
  1. Afternoon Movie: organize an afternoon where treat your team members to popcorn and a movie at your local theatre.  

Team-building activities create a safe space for ideas, foster deeper connections, and improve communication—all essential for a high-performing team. By incorporating a mix of in-person and remote activities, and following best practices for planning and management, you can create memorable experiences that enhance collaboration and trust.  

So, next time you’re planning a team building event, go all in! Your team will thank you for it, and you’ll see the benefits in no time.

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Navigating Remote, Hybrid, and In-office Work Models

Navigating Remote, Hybrid, and In-office Work Models  Navigating Remote, Hybrid, and In-office Work Models

Discover the evolution of work models and the pros and cons between remote, hybrid, and in-office work.

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In the last decade we’ve witnessed a seismic shift in the workplace, catapulting organizations into a new era of work. Adopting remote, hybrid, and in-office work models has reshaped not only where but how we work, interact, and balance our professional and personal lives.  

Many organizations may still be struggling with how to move forward in this new world of work, which work model is best suited for their organization and how to navigate through the challenges that come with each one. There’s one thing we can be absolutely certain about though; employee flexibility is a top trend in 2024 when it comes to fostering a healthy workplace culture.

Why Employee Flexibility Matters

Flexibility is no longer a perk but a necessity in the modern workplace. It plays a crucial role in:

  • Attracting and retaining talent: flexible work options are a top priority for many job seekers. In a study by Global Workplace Analytics, 59% of workers said they would choose an employer who offered flexible work options over those who didn’t.
  • Supporting diversity and inclusion: flexibility accommodates diverse life circumstances, supporting a more inclusive work environment.
  • Enhancing employee wellbeing: providing control over work arrangements leads to reduced stress, higher job satisfaction, and improved overall wellbeing.
“Employees want flexibility—flexible work hours and locations. When I think about the Great Resignation, for example, I don’t think it was a resignation. People didn’t resign. It was the “Age of Recalibration.” People were recalibrating where they wanted to work, how they wanted to work, and who they wanted to work with.” - Dr. Troy Hall, Award-Winning Culture Strategist

This evolution presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for both employers and employees. So, what are the pros and cons of remote, hybrid, and in-office models, and best practices for implementing these strategies?

Remote Work: Freedom and Flexibility

Remote work is when an employee works entirely from home, or a decentralized location separate from other employees. Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, remote work has increased dramatically, with some instances being mandatory for organizations to continue to operate. In 2023, 16% of companies globally are still successfully operating with a fully remote workforce.  

Transitioning to remote work came with many challenges – providing the necessary at-home technology and equipment, investing in tools to keep employees connected, and ensuring employees stayed engaged in their work. While many organizations find remote work easy, cost effective and efficient, it’s important to remember that not all workers or organizations have the flexibility to be fully remote. There are many industries that require deskless workers such as retail, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, education and more.  

The pros of remote work:

  • Flexibility and work-life balance: remote work offers unparalleled flexibility, allowing employees to manage their schedules around personal commitments and preferences.
  • Reduced commute: the elimination of daily commutes saves time, money and reduces stress, contributing to a better work-life balance.
  • Global talent pool: organizations can tap into a global talent pool, hiring the best candidates regardless of geographical constraints.

The cons of remote work:

  • Isolation: remote work can lead to feelings of isolation and detachment from the team, affecting collaboration and company culture.
  • Work-life blur: the boundaries between work and personal life can blur, leading to burnout and decreased productivity.
  • Technology dependency: a heavy reliance on technology can pose challenges, especially if technical issues arise or if employees lack a conducive home office setup.

Overall employee experience of remote work

For many, remote work has been a huge benefit, offering freedom and flexibility that was previously unimaginable. According to Forbes, 65% of workers prefer to work from home and enjoy it. However, the lack of physical interaction can make it harder for some to feel connected and engaged with their teams and company culture.  

Hybrid Work: Flexibility with Connection

Hybrid work is when employees work partly from home or remote location, and partly at their organization's central office in their region. Some organizations who have opted in to a hybrid work model have downsized their office spaces or offer a co-working space where employees can come and go as they please.  

Some hybrid work models require employees to be present in the office for specific days of the week. There are many reasons why organizations may choose a hybrid work model – it allows employees to still have the flexibility to work from home partially while staying more connected with their coworkers during in-office days.  

While this model can work well for organizations whose employees are mostly local, a hybrid model might be difficult for organizations who have employees stationed globally. In fact, a study by Standford revealed that 67% of hybrid workers feel more productive when working from home rather than in their central office.  

The pros of hybrid work:

  • Flexibility with structure: hybrid models offer a blend of in-office and remote work, providing flexibility while maintaining some level of in-person interaction.
  • Enhanced collaboration: scheduled in-office days foster teamwork and creativity by facilitating face-to-face collaboration.
  • Personalized work experience: employees can tailor their work environments to their needs, enhancing satisfaction and productivity.  

The cons of hybrid work:

  • Complex coordination: managing who is in-office and when can become a logistical challenge, potentially leading to inefficiencies.
  • Inequality concerns: there's a risk of deskless or frontline workers not having the same flexibility and opportunities as others.
  • Consistency in policy: establishing fair and consistent policies for both remote and in-office employees can be difficult.

Overall employee experience of hybrid work

The hybrid model is often seen as the best of both worlds, allowing for personal flexibility while still providing opportunities for in-person engagement and collaboration. However, it requires careful management to ensure inclusivity and fairness. It can also be costly for organizations who are paying for spaces that are only occupied half of the time by their employees.  

In-office Work: Connection Through Tradition

In-office or onsite work is when employees must be in their physical organization's office during their working hours. This is the work model that everyone is most familiar with, because prior to the pandemic, it was the norm.  

Today, with so many organizations experimenting with different working models, it's unusual to commute every day to a physical office space, but for some that’s their preference and how they feel the most productive and perform their best.  

It’s important to remember that not everyone has the ability or luxury to work from home. Some people may not have the space for an office set up, have decent working conditions like high-performing wireless internet or air conditioning, and some people may not feel comfortable working from their home.  

Many aspects of personal lives can get in the way of working from home like children or family responsibilities, pets or animals, home renovations or repairs orlack of space, resulting in people preferring to work in-office rather than their home.  

The pros of in-office work:

  • Culture and collaboration: in-office work fosters a strong sense of community and culture, making it easier to collaborate, share ideas, and build relationships.
  • Structured environment: the physical office provides a structured environment that can enhance focus and productivity.
  • Immediate support: employees have immediate access to support and resources, facilitating quicker problem-solving and decision-making.

The cons of in-office work:

  • Commuting stress: daily commutes can be time-consuming and stressful, impacting employees' health and productivity.
  • Less flexibility: the traditional 9-5 in-office model offers less flexibility, which can affect work-life balance and employee satisfaction.
  • Higher costs: for both the organization and employees, in-office work entails higher costs, from real estate to commuting expenses.

Overall employee experience of in-office work

While in-office work supports a vibrant company culture and immediate collaboration, the lack of flexibility can be a significant drawback for those valuing work-life balance. High levels of burnout and stress can come from feeling like you can’t leave your desk all day. While some find this traditional approach productive, others may feel more supported in a hybrid or remote setting.  

Best Practices for Implementing Work Models

The future of work is not one-size-fits-all. The choice between remote, hybrid, and in-office models depends on an organization's goals, culture, and the nature of work. A great start would be to survey your employees to better understand what they feel would work best for them. Your employees are your most valuable asset, and where and how they can be the most productive and successful in their work should be a top priority.  

Here are some best practices when choosing a work model:

  1. Gather insights: find out what your employees’ preferences are and what would be the reasonable solution for your organization.  
  1. Clear communication: establish and communicate clear policies and expectations for the work model you’ve selected.
  1. Invest in technology: ensure employees have the tools and technology they need to succeed, regardless of their work location.
  1. Foster inclusivity: create opportunities for all employees to engage and connect, preventing any feelings of isolation or disconnect.
  1. Monitor and adapt: regularly assess the effectiveness of your work model and be prepared to make adjustments based on feedback and changing circumstances.

By prioritizing flexibility, communication, and employee wellbeing, organizations can navigate the complexities of the modern workplace, creating environments where employees thrive and contribute to their fullest potential.

The Kudos Model: Keeping Employees Connected

Kudos enhances workplace connectivity across remote, hybrid, and in-office models by enabling peer recognition tied to organizational values, culture, and performance. It offers a vast selection of necessary tools like recognition, ecards, pulse surveys, employee rewards, and robust people and culture analytics to facilitate meaningful connections for employees at all levels.  

Supporting HR leaders in building strong, inclusive, and resilient workplace cultures is what Kudos does, regardless of the working model your organization has chosen. No matter the approach, employees should feel engaged, valued, and recognized for their contributions from anywhere at any time.  

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20 Ideas to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day 2024

20 Ideas to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day 2024 20 Ideas to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day 2024

Here are 20 ways to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day this year (with a free kit!).

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Mark your calendars - Employee Appreciation Day is on Friday, March 1st, 2024, and it isn't just a date on the calendar; it's an important opportunity to shine a spotlight on the remarkable efforts of your dedicated team. While a pat on the back is great any day, use this special occasion to amp up the gratitude.  

What is Employee Appreciation Day?

Employee Appreciation Day serves to honor and value the contributions and efforts of your workforce. The story of Employee Appreciation Day begins in 1995, thanks to Dr. Bob Nelson, a visionary in cultivating cultures of recognition in workplaces around the globe.  

Now a global phenomenon, this day is a powerful reminder of the impact that appreciation can have within any organization. Annually, we mark Employee Appreciation Day on the first Friday of March. In 2024, it falls on March 1st.  

What’s inside your Employee Appreciation Day kit?

It's imperative to mark this day with meaningful activities that resonate with your team, making it a significant and anticipated event in your corporate calendar.

This year, we’ve made prioritizing this day easier with your curated Employee Appreciation Day Kit. Here’s what you’ll find inside:  

  • March Recognition Calendar: why limit the appreciation to just one day? This recognition calendar includes daily prompts for celebrating your team and colleagues all month long.
  • Social Media Assets: you can use these Employee Appreciation Day graphics for your social media posts.  
  • Mingle Bingo: a fun virtual or in-office ice-breaker game to include in your celebrations!

Download your 2024 Employee Appreciation Day Kit.

How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day (20 Ideas)

If you’re looking for additional ways to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day, we’ve got you covered.  

Here are some in-office and virtual ideas to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day:

In-Office Celebrations

  1. Office Lunch or Breakfast: Cater a special meal for your team, offering a variety of options to accommodate different dietary preferences.
  1. Award Ceremony: Host a fun award ceremony with unique categories that highlight each employee's special contributions or quirks.
  1. Professional Development Workshops: Arrange for a workshop or a speaker that offers professional growth opportunities.
  1. Wellness Day: Organize a day focused on wellness with activities like group exercise, meditation sessions, or a massage therapist on site.
  1. Team Building Activities: Plan team-building exercises or games that encourage collaboration and fun.
  1. Personalized Gifts: Give out small, personalized gifts or thank-you notes to each employee, acknowledging their specific contributions.
  1. A Day Off: Allow employees to take a much-deserved day off to rest, relax and enjoy their own activities.  
  1. Surprise Entertainment: Hire a musician, comedian, or magician for a surprise performance during the workday.
  1. Extended Breaks: Give employees extra-long breaks or a relaxed workday to enjoy leisure activities.
  1. Charity Work: Organize a volunteer day for a cause important to your team, promoting teamwork and social responsibility.

Virtual Celebrations

  1. Virtual Hangout: Host a virtual party or happy hour with games, music, and casual conversation.
  1. Online Awards Ceremony: Similar to in-office, but done virtually, celebrating achievements and milestones.
  1. E-Gift Cards: Send electronic gift cards as a token of appreciation, offering flexibility and a wide range of options.
  1. Virtual Workshops or Webinars: Provide access to online courses or webinars for professional or personal development.
  1. Home Office Upgrades: Offer a budget for employees to upgrade their home office, improving their work-from-home experience.
  1. Online Fitness Classes: Sponsor online fitness or wellness classes that employees can join from home.
  1. Digital Escape Room or Trivia Night: Organize an online game night with virtual escape rooms or trivia challenges.
  1. Subscription Services: Offer subscriptions to services like streaming platforms, e-books, or meal kits.
  1. Virtual Coffee Breaks: Schedule regular virtual coffee breaks where team members can socialize informally.
  1. Recognition Posts on Social Media: Highlight individual employees or teams on the company’s social media channels, praising their hard work and dedication.

These ideas can help create a memorable and enjoyable Employee Appreciation Day, showing your team how much their efforts are valued.

Year-Round Recognition: The Key to Organizational Success

While Employee Appreciation Day is an important day, ongoing recognition throughout the year is essential for maximizing organizational impact. Tools like Kudos facilitate easy and meaningful recognition, ensuring that every achievement, big or small, is acknowledged. With features like employee milestone celebrations, nomination programs, personalized rewards and pulse surveys, it becomes simple to maintain a culture of appreciation.

To help you stay on top of important dates for employee recognition, our 2024 Celebrations Calendar is a handy resource. It's never too early to start integrating recognition into your company culture, and we're here to assist you when you’re ready!

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Navigating the Future: The Top 5 HR Trends for 2024

Navigating the Future: The Top 5 HR Trends for 2024  Navigating the Future: The Top 5 HR Trends for 2024

What are the top trends HR leaders should be focusing on in 2024?

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Welcome to the not-so-distant future, where HR isn't just a department but a powerhouse of innovation and strategy. In 2024, the world of HR is evolving faster than you can say "talent acquisition." Let's explore the rollercoaster of HR trends that are set to redefine the way organizations operate and engage with their most valuable asset – their people.

1. Embracing HR technology

In the era of automation and artificial intelligence, it’s more critical now than ever to stay current. You can use HR technology to transform your entire employee experience. From recruitment bots that sift through resumes to virtual reality onboarding experiences that make the first day on the job the most welcoming – the future of HR is digital.  

Rewards and recognition are here to stay

Attracting and retaining top talent is a competitive sport – software solutions can serve as indispensable tools for fostering a culture of appreciation and engagement. More and more organizations are recognizing the  importance of embracing employee rewards and recognition software, like Kudos, as a strategic imperative.  

Through my research and previous partnership with Kudos, I’ve learned that what people really want at work is to be seen and noticed for positive output and outcomes. Beyond a fair salary, recognition is one of the most critical factors for an employee. A platform like Kudos is vital to any organization because it provides an avenue to share gratitude across geographies – and gratitude is a powerful stepping stone in cultivating organizational belonging.” - Rebecca Pound, Manager of Employee Experience at AIMCo.

Modern workforce dynamics demand real-time acknowledgment and celebration of achievements. Kudos streamlines the process but also provides data-driven insights, allowing organizations to identify and amplify positive behaviors that contribute to a thriving workplace. By harnessing the power of such technology, companies not only enhance employee morale and satisfaction but also fortify their employer brand, positioning themselves as forward-thinking organizations. In 2024, recognition software is not just a tool; it's a strategic investment in building a resilient, motivated, and high-performing workforce.

2. Career management and skill development

The corporate ladder is more of a lattice – people are shifting, exploring, and finding new and exciting ways to grow. This means that career management is no longer about climbing a linear ladder but navigating this lattice of opportunities. Leading organizations are becoming talent playgrounds, encouraging employees to swing from one skill branch to another, fostering a culture of continuous learning and adaptability.

Managers are no longer manageable

Gartner’s Top Priorities for HR Leaders in 2024 states that 73% of HR leaders feel their organization’s leaders and managers aren’t equipped to lead change. This means HR leaders need to move away from the traditional one-size-fits-all group training sessions and focus more on the individual “must-have” skills required for managers and leaders to be successful.  

Many traditional roles are becoming obsolete, replaced by emerging positions driven by automation and artificial intelligence. As organizations struggle to identify the right candidates, employees are unsure of where they fit in this evolving landscape. Rather than eliminating existing staff due to mismatched job titles, I believe in investing in their development, identifying their strengths, and providing training opportunities. By understanding and nurturing their talents, individuals can thrive and contribute to the organization in meaningful ways.” - Denise Beaupré, Entrepreneur, Author, Personal Development Coach, and Creative Leadership Mentor.

The business world is continually evolving – the responsibilities in a role a manager was hired to do may have shifted, and that’s okay. Encourage role changes, process improvements, and focused reflection to avoid burnout and keep managers and leaders focused on the impact of their tasks to contribute value to their team and organization.  

3. Amplifying organizational culture

We’ve said it before – organizational culture is more than free snacks and ping pong tables. Organizations are creating a living, breathing culture that aligns with the company's values and engages employees on a deep, meaningful level. Flexibility, inclusivity, and purpose-driven work are the new buzzwords, and organizations are no longer afraid to wear their cultural quirks like badges of honor.

Keeping employees connected

Culture connectedness has become a major challenge for organizations everywhere – especially with remote and hybrid work becoming the norm – and preference. The key is to enable employees to connect with their company culture wherever they are. Equipped teams with the ability to create emotional connections with each other and establish microcultures. Ensure your organization's values align with your culture, infuse culture initiatives throughout every level on your organization and embrace all technology that allows your teams to stay connected.  

In everything we do, including our partnership with Kudos, the focus is on ensuring our values are front and center for all employees. Recognizing and rewarding people for living those values using Kudos cements a lot of the things we’re trying to accomplish. We’re using that lever to get our culture to stick.” - John Odike, Vice President of Human Resources at Wesley Enhanced Living.

4. Experimenting with Generative AI

No one can enter 2024 without seeing the buzzword  popping up everywhere: Generative AI, also known as GenAI. GenAI is a type of artificial intelligence technology that can (literally) produce anything you need in seconds. Whether that’s various content, writing pieces, imagery, video, audio, development code, or just a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe, GenAI is becoming increasingly popular everywhere.  

A recent survey reported that 79% of respondents noticed an increase in productivity and efficiency when implementing GenAI into their workforce. It’s being called the “workplace sidekick” and for HR professionals this could mean using AI to predict trends, foresee employee needs, and recommend strategies before you even realize you need them.  

5. Improving overall employee experience

The employee experience refers to the overall interactions, perceptions, and feelings that an employee has throughout their entire journey within an organization. It isn't just about perks; it's about the entire journey from onboarding to retirement. It's about creating a work environment where employees feel valued, supported, and inspired. From personalized learning paths to culture initiatives, the focus is on the holistic well-being of the workforce.

Better employee experience equals reduced turnover

McLean & Company addressed several key areas in their 2024 HR Trends report and one of them was the correlation between employee experience and turnover. Their report stated that organizations with poorly designed employee experience face 36% higher rates of voluntary turnover compared to those with HR initiatives that succeed in this area.

Flexibility doesn’t just mean remote work

Flexibility for employees extends far beyond merely offering the option to work remotely. While remote work is a significant component, a truly flexible work environment considers a broader spectrum of arrangements that cater to diverse needs. It involves adapting to varied working hours, compressed workweeks, job sharing, and providing autonomy in task management.  

Recognizing that employees have unique preferences and life circumstances; a more flexible approach allows individuals to tailor their work structures to align with their personal lives and productivity rhythms. It not only fosters a healthier work-life balance but also acknowledges the importance of individual well-being, contributing to increased job satisfaction and overall organizational success.  

Here’s to HR

HR is not merely a department; it's the heart of innovation and strategy, propelling organizations towards success. The decisions HR leaders make today can impact their organization’s business outcomes and brand for years to come.  

As we all collectively try and navigate the future, remember: HR isn't just about managing resources; it's about unleashing the full potential of your greatest asset – your people.

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Generation Alpha: The World’s Next Leaders

Generation Alpha: The World’s Next Leaders  Generation Alpha: The World’s Next Leaders

Everything you need to know about Gen Alpha – the tech-savvy trailblazers who will transform the working world.

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Step aside Millennials and Gen Z – there's a new generation entering the workforce.  

Meet Gen Alpha, the generation after Gen Z that is expected to shake up the working world in a big way.

Defined by the digital world, this tech-savvy generation is very familiar with smartphones, AI technology and social media. They will soon begin to trickle into the workforce, and it's time for employers and colleagues to take notice of this fascinating generation and prepare for the unique dynamics they bring to the workplace.

Who is Gen Alpha?

The children of millennials, Gen Alpha is anyone born between 2010 and 2025. Millennials make up the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, and experts are paying attention to their children, how they’re being raised, and what this generation will value when they start their career journeys.  

Millennials are generally very caring and supportive parents, which means their children will most likely seek that out later in life. This means mental health, work-life balance and financial security will be crucial to Gen Alpha. In a recent study, 75% of 8–10-year-olds are already thinking about their mental health.  

Gen Z had a profound impact on how brands approached their consumer experiences, but companies need to brace themselves even more for the changes Gen Alpha will infuse,” says Dani Mariano, President at Razorfish.

What will Gen Alpha be known for?

This generation is rewriting the rules of engagement. While Millennials and Gen Z experienced the tech revolution, for Gen Alpha, technology has been seamlessly integrated into their worlds from the beginning – it's an extension of themselves. Many distinctions will undoubtedly influence their approach to work and collaboration.

Fuelled by technology

Gen Alpha's relationship with technology is a whole new level of intimacy. While learning to tie their shoelaces, they’re also learning to master complex apps, code, and any digital device. McCrindle Research is calling this generation the “Great Screen Age”, due to their extreme savviness with navigating the fast-paced evolutions in tech. More colloquially, these are iPad kids.

Multitasking champions

Gen Alpha has the ability to juggle multiple screens, tasks, and conversations simultaneously. They’re able to learn faster, and their capacity for maintaining information is much greater than the generations before them.  

Entrepreneurial spirit

Technology has allowed access to more information to Gen Alpha than any other generation before them. If they’re looking for a solution, they have Google at their fingertips to figure it out. This is also contributing to a new concept called kid-powered entrepreneurship - with technology readily available, they are learning how to problem solve, and be innovative and creative much earlier.  

What will Gen Alpha value at work?

As HR leaders, understanding the core values of upcoming generations is essential for building a cohesive and thriving workforce. Being attuned to these values will be instrumental in creating an environment where Gen Alpha can thrive.  

Download our free Recognizing Generational Diversity Culture Guide to learn more about the meaningful differences between generations, and what they each need to help you build a more vibrant company culture.

Gen Alpha's values reflect their upbringing in a digitally connected and diverse world:  

The private generation

Gen Alpha will not know social media without professional content creators – they are growing up in a world saturated with influencers and vloggers. Some may even have parents who are heavily present on social media. This may lead Gen Alpha to a more privatized social media life, and an increase in more personalized, one-on-one communication preferences like email or phone. This won’t take away from their talents in understanding the complexities with social media, but it will play a role in what they value when deciding on a career path.  

Diversity advocates  

Gen Alpha's worldview is naturally diverse and inclusive. Growing up in an era of increasing social awareness, they are more accepting of differences and strive for equality. Employers who celebrate and embrace diversity will be more attractive to this generation. Moreover, Gen Alpha's openness to new ideas makes them receptive to experimentation and change.

Personal life over work-life

Say goodbye to the rigid boundaries between work and personal life. Gen Alpha's approach to work is all about integration. They are not confined to the traditional 9-to-5 schedule and are more likely to embrace flexible work arrangements that cater to their lifestyle preferences.

How can HR leaders prepare for Gen Alpha?

With fresh perspectives, boundless enthusiasm, and eagerness to learn – Gen Alpha will bring many unique skills to the workplace.  

Gen Alpha will come with several expectations. though. With meaningful work in mind, they won’t be interested in an organization that is working towards a better culture – they will want an organization that has already established firm roots in their employee experience.  

Experts are predicting that Gen Alpha will see remote-first work as very normal, and value more work-life balance and social issues. This means they will most likely seek organizations who have already established robust company culture and are placing extreme emphasis on their employee experience.  

When they talk about what their goals are and the kind of workplaces they want to be in, they want flexibility and are looking for more meaningful work.” - Abdaal Mazhar Shafi, Co-Founder of UpstartED.

Purpose-driven engagement

Gen Alpha isn't just chasing paychecks; they want purpose. They're driven by a desire to make a difference in the world. It’s important that organizations align their company's values with meaningful causes to attract and retain their socially conscious spirits.

Flexible work is key

They will thrive in flexible work environments that adapt to their preferences. HR leaders will need to consider remote work options, flexible hours, and gig-based projects to keep them excited and productive.

Feedback loops

Regular performance reviews won't suffice; they crave ongoing feedback. Implementing real-time feedback mechanisms to keep them motivated and on track will be crucial.  

Gen Alpha will demand meaningful recognition

Gen Alpha is expected to value employee recognition, but the way they perceive and respond to recognition might differ from previous generations. Growing up in a digital and highly connected world, Gen Alpha is likely to have certain expectations when it comes to recognition in the workplace:

  • Instant gratification: Gen Alpha is accustomed to immediate feedback, and they might appreciate and respond well to frequent and timely recognition. Short, real-time acknowledgments can be more impactful for them compared to traditional annual awards.
  • Digital recognition: Digital recognition tools, such as Kudos, will resonate well with Gen Alpha for open and highly visible peer-to-peer recognition that aligns with their tech-savvy nature.  
  • Personalized approach: Generic recognition might not have the same effect on them as it does on other generations. Customized messages that highlight specific contributions or qualities can make recognition more meaningful and engaging for them.
  • Tangible rewards: While peer-to-peer recognition is important, Gen Alpha might also appreciate tangible rewards. These could range from experiences, such as team outings or workshops, to tech gadgets or innovative products.

Employee recognition is here to stay and is growing more and more important. HR leaders and managers should be mindful of their recognition strategies and take note of Gen Alpha's preferences, emphasizing personalized and integrated approaches that align with their digital upbringing and individualistic mindset.  

The world’s next leaders

As Gen Alpha starts to make their mark in the professional world, embracing their technological prowess, collaborative spirit, and entrepreneurial mindset will be key to unlocking their full potential.  

They may be small now, but their impact on the world will be mighty. By preparing for these next generations to enter the workforce, organizations can be ahead of the game with a future-ready workplace that is years ahead of its competition.  

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Making a Memory-filled Summer at the Office (15+ Ideas)

Making a Memory-filled Summer at the Office (15+ Ideas)Making a Memory-filled Summer at the Office (15+ Ideas)

Create lasting memories during the summer office days fostering team bonding and creativity throughout the warmer season.

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It’s easy to feel stuck in the office, whether remote or shared, looking out the window and envying everyone spending their summer outside. But, being in the office doesn’t have to mean you’re missing out on making other memories. It should be the opposite. So, we put together a handful of summer office activities and injected some personality into them.

It’s one thing to plan a group outing, but to make sure employees feel their summertime is well spent, add some small, personalized touches, and make it a true team-building experience. With that said, here are our ideas for a memory-filled summer at the office.  

For a Crafty Summer

Team Zines

Zines, pronounced zeens, are beginner-friendly, handmade magazines or comics. But really, your zine can be whatever you make it. You could brainstorm a theme, or have each team member fill a page with a collage of their summer. Put everyone’s artwork together on one printable document and publish your zine to the whole company. To get started, search Google or Pinterest for downloadable templates, or create your own. Zines don’t have to be complicated; you can even make a mini zine with just one piece of printer paper.  

Zines are a great way to share memories and create traditions. Every summer, your team can look forward to making the next edition or volume.  

Personal Picnic Blanket

Picnics already make for a wholesome summer day, but throw in a blanket canvas and some fabric paint to really bring everyone together. Team members can paint one square each, quilt-style, or paint all over the blanket, abstract-style. Hold onto it for future team picnics, or hang it up in the office as a conversation piece.  

If one blanket is too small for everyone’s illustrations, cover your lunch tables in some brown kraft paper and leave out a pack of rainbow crayons or markers. Who said coloring is just for kids?

Paint Night

Paint nights are great for bonding with your co-workers and decorating the office for the season. Not to mention, a great opportunity for creative team members to share their ideas. Hopefully, everyone leaves with a sense of pride for what they created, but even better, a sense of belonging. Teams can paint frames to fill with their own photos, or canvases to bring home.  

Maybe bring a big blender to the office and sip on a batch of (virgin) frozen margaritas while you’re at it?  

Desk Terrariums

Terrariums bring a little more life to the office and showcase everyone’s imagination. Plus, they’re pretty low maintenance, so team members who aren’t plant lovers will have no issue keeping them alive. Terrariums are super customizable, but here are some supplies you might need:  

  • Glassware, check out your local thrift or dollar store
  • Rocks, Pebbles
  • Perlite
  • Orchid Bark
  • Potting Soil
  • Moss
  • Succulents

You can bring terrarium kits to the office for people to make on their own time, or bring all the supplies in bulk and lead them through the experience.  

For a Sporty Summer

People want to step away from the screen and be outside while the sun’s shining. These ideas don’t need too much pre or post-amble, rewarding your team with some healthy summer sun is a great way to make the most of the season.  

Of course, pick a sport or activity you know your whole team would be excited for and that’s inclusive to everyone’s mobility. Lean toward options that give employees more time outdoors with their families. These are just a few ideas, low and high intensity, for a sporty summer:  

  • Mini-Golf
  • Hacky Sack Games
  • Kite Flying
  • Cardboard Boat Racing
  • Badminton Tournament  
  • Hiking
  • Soccer Game  
  • Volleyball Tournament

Refresh with some lemonade or ice cream to round out the day. Don’t forget to take lots of photos along the way so you can reminisce once the cooler months hit.

For a Virtual Summer

We didn’t forget about your remote team members of course. There are endless options for online team building throughout the summer.  

Oracle Card Readings

You could hold oracle card readings throughout the year, but in the summer, people might have more time to reflect on their readings during vacation. And if you love a theme, there are many oracle decks with nature and floral illustrations you can use to tie in the season.  

In one team fortune-telling session, for example, the manager could pull a card for each team member and help them find the meaning behind it. Team members can ask their fortune teller questions like, “Am I on the right track with this idea?” or “Where should I get ideas for my next project?” Readings don’t set anything in stone, but they are a fun way to keep your team sharing ideas.  

Virtual Contests

From finding the best summer recipe to snapping the coolest landscape, give your team the opportunity for some friendly competition. Though these ideas make online participation easy, they’re also meant to give remote workers time away from the screen first. Here are just a few ideas for virtual contests that keep everyone engaged no matter where they’re working from:  

  • Summer Photography Contest: Post your summer pictures to an album where team members can vote on their favourite one. The winner gets to pick the theme for a company-wide photo at the end of the summer, the sillier the better.  
  • Recipe Recreation Contest: Post your favourite summer recipes to an album all team members can access. Then, decide on an award for the employee with the most recreated recipe. Maybe a paid night out to their favourite restaurant?  
  • A Scavenger Hunt: Less time-consuming than an in-person scavenger hunt, send team members out to solve riddles and find common household objects as fast as possible. The first person to complete the scavenger hunt could win a trip to an escape room near them.  
  • Hawaiian Shirt Contest: This one can take on many forms. The basic idea is that people wear their best Hawaiian shirts to the team meeting, and the tackiest one wins. It doesn’t have to be limited to Hawaiian shirts though, try the contest with hats or sunglasses.  

And remember, Kudos can help you bring all these ideas to reality, with features such as Albums to hold all of your virtual contests and safe-keep your favourite summer memories. It’s now time to let the sun set on this article, but hopefully we gave you some ideas worth considering.  

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10 Ways to Build Your Culture with Gratitude

10 Ways to Build Your Culture with Gratitude10 Ways to Build Your Culture with Gratitude

Check out these 10 ways you can use gratitude to build your culture.

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A few years ago, Harvard Business Review met with a Fortune 500 company, and the word “culture” came up 27 times in 90 minutes. Culture is critical. A healthy culture is the cornerstone of any successful organization, which underlines the importance of building culture with intention. 

Gratitude is a powerful tool that can foster a stronger, more positive culture in your organization. In today's ever-evolving corporate landscape, organizations across the globe are recognizing the immense value of fostering a culture rooted in gratitude, thanks, and recognition. 

And it's no surprise why. As workplaces embrace the power of appreciation, they witness a multitude of benefits. Extensive research in positive psychology consistently reaffirms that gratitude lays the foundation for a more productive, positive, and engaged workforce. The shift towards a culture of gratitude is not just a trend but a strategic move that can revolutionize how organizations thrive in today’s world - and this starts with you! 

Why Culture is Key

A strong culture sets the workplace tone and influences every element of an organization’s success. It can help build the identity of a brand or business, and can directly influence a sense of purpose, mission, and belonging across employees. We know that strong culture motivates employees to do better work, but it also:

  • Boosts productivity
  • Retains talent 
  • Makes an organization more resilient
  • Creates healthy team environments
  • Reduces turnover 

High-performance cultures focus on unearthing the potential and purpose of each individual and celebrates them as a contributor to a team. Gratitude is the perfect tool to ensure your organization can do exactly that.

Why Workplace Culture Needs Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for fostering a positive and thriving workplace. Gratitude creates a sense of appreciation, recognition, and value among employees. Gratitude and recognition helps them feel motivated to give their best in their roles . Gratitude also can help employees:

  • Feel more engaged with the team
  • Focus on the large collective goal and mission
  • Feel more motivated in their role
  • Maintain a more positive mindset
  • Maintain better mental and physical well-being
  • Bounce back from a challenge or obstacle quickly

10 Ways to Build Culture with Gratitude 

As HR leaders, it's critical to implement strategies that cultivate a culture of gratitude in your organization. So, how can you do this in your organization? Here are 10 ways you can use gratitude to build your culture.  

  1. Create a Workplace Recognition Program: Establish a formal recognition program that acknowledges and rewards employees for their work or positive impact on the organization.
  2. Gratitude Email Train: Start a gratitude email to someone and CC the entire team. Encourage them to keep the email train going by paying it forward to someone CC-ed that they appreciate.
  3. Gratitude Gifts: Celebrate your employees and acknowledge their contributions to the business and gift them something that allows them to harness the power of gratitude in their personal lives, like a gratitude journal. Gifts serve not only as a morale booster but are a way to go the extra mile in celebrating your team.
  4. Promote Work-Life Balance: Demonstrate gratitude for employees' commitment and hard work by providing flexible work arrangements. This flexibility shows appreciation for their personal needs and fosters a culture of trust.
  5. Host a Gratitude Event: Organize events centered around gratitude, like a team-building exercise focused on appreciation, a gratitude workshop, or volunteer activities that give back to the community.
  6. Set Up a Gratitude Wall: Set up a gratitude wall where employees can share appreciative messages for their colleagues, either physically or digitally. This serves as a constant reminder of the positive impact individuals have on each other.
  7. Appreciate Work Milestones: Celebrate employees' work anniversaries to commemorate their loyalty and dedication to the organization. This can include small gestures like personalized notes, gifts, or holding a team celebration.
  8. Share Stories of Appreciation: Regularly share stories that highlight employees' achievements and how their efforts contribute to the organization's success in team or company-wide meetings. 
  9. Foster a Culture of Thank You Notes: Encourage employees to write thank-you notes to express appreciation to their colleagues. This simple act can create a positive ripple effect throughout the organization.
  10. Lead by Example: When we model the spirit of gratitude, it encourages others to do the same. We can demonstrate gratitude by expressing appreciation for employees' efforts and contributions openly, especially in front of others.

Your employees are your greatest asset! Showing gratitude in the workplace is truly a win-win for both employees and the overall success of the organization. Use it to increase productivity and performance and ultimately create a culture that cannot be broken or replicated

Show Your Gratitude with Kudos 

Kudos is a recognition platform that allows you to share your gratitude and appreciation for all the hard work your employees do. Celebrate your team with:

  • Meaningful Recognition: A great culture is built on a foundation of gratitude. Strengthen the bond of inner workplace relationships and encourage gratitude to be expressed between employees rather than only coming from the top down.
  • Sensational Rewards: Lead by example with recognition and rewards to create a memorable moment of gratitude for your team.  
  • Employee Milestones: Celebrate tenure and show your appreciation for special workplace milestones to celebrate your people. Celebrating the little things are what adds up to become the big things!

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Pride Month: Embracing History, Inclusion, and Activism in Workplace

Pride Month: Embracing History, Inclusion, and Activism in WorkplacePride Month: Embracing History, Inclusion, and Activism in Workplace

Pride Month resources and activity inspiration for HR Leaders.

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This article has been updated in May 2024.

The History of Pride in the U.S.A


It’s June 28, 1969, in New York City.  

Homosexuality is still illegal, and most gay bars are run by the Mafia in exchange for protection from the police. Raids were quite common at the time, but the Mafia-run bars were almost always tipped off beforehand.  

On the first day of the Stonewall Uprising, police raided the Stonewall Inn with a warrant, but without any warning. They arrested 13 people for bootlegged alcohol, and for violating the state’s gender appropriate clothing statute. The Stonewall Uprising continued violently for six days, while bar patrons and neighbourhood residents protested law enforcement’s brutality and discrimination. Drag queens and trans women of colour were some of the first to stand up against the police.

On the one-year anniversary of the riots, people were shouting, “say it loud, gay is proud” in America’s first Pride parade.  

The History of Pride in Canada


It’s February 5, 1981, in Toronto.  

200 police officers set out on a series of coordinated raids, called “Operation Soap.” By the end of the night, 286 patrons of four downtown bathhouses were arrested.  

The Toronto Bath Raids, and the demonstrations to follow marked a significant transition for the city, rooting it firmly in protest, he first Toronto Pride parade in June of 2021.  

“As long as society continues to demand us as its victims and its human sacrifices, that anger is going to be there, waiting to get into us, again and again. It’s not going to go away for a long, long time,” – Excerpt from Ken Popert in The Body Politic, in Jamie Bradburn

On this 2023 Pride celebration, we put together a spectrum of resources, activities, charities, and learning opportunities to help you carry on the legacy paved by LGBTQ+ activists.  

Tip: Encourage your internal experts and allies to participate as speakers in Pride Month celebrations or programs. To ensure inclusivity, extend an open invitation to all members of your organization, inviting anyone interested to step forward.

How to Celebrate Pride in the Workplace


To celebrate Pride Month effectively in the workplace, consider incorporating inclusive activities that both educate and engage employees.

Celebrating Pride Month at work is crucial for fostering an inclusive culture that values diversity and inclusion. It helps acknowledge the contributions and existence of LGBTQ+ employees, creating a more welcoming and supportive environment. Such celebrations can enhance employee engagement, promote acceptance, and demonstrate a company’s commitment to supporting all its employees.

Here's how you celebrate Pride Month in your organization:

Make a Pride Playlist Together


One universal way to connect is through music; this Pride, don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.  

Within teams or company-wide, introduce a song or album of the week highlighting queer artists from your country. Start your meeting listening to the lyrics, then work together to decode them; research the artists’ inspirations, careers, and impact; learn more about the political environment during the time the song was released.  

For example, one meeting could start to the tune of ‘Any Other Way,’ an album by Toronto Soul pioneer, Jackie Shane. Share how Shane’s words are emblematic of her time – hopeful, and meaningful to many people under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Encourage your employees to listen more to the artist’s work and invite them to pitch their own song or album of the week.

If technology and community are key characteristics for your brand, take your playlist to the next level and host a radio-style live stream, inserting quick and informational voice-overs between each song. Or, pre-record short podcast-like segments and post them to Slack or Teams.  

For a less performance-involved approach, utilize Spotify’s collaborative playlist function and curated Pride playlists; suggest Pride-themed radio segments for the whole team to tune into, like iHeart Radio’s Can’t Cancel Pride event, which raised $11.3 million in charity since its inception in 2020.  

Watch a Local or Virtual Film Screening

There are many non-profit Pride Film Festivals, some running all year round. These events are thoughtfully curated, socially driven, artful commentary only made more appropriate during this Pride season. Buy your team tickets to an LGBTQIA+ themed film screening and filmmaker Q&A to make memories with one another and learn in the process.  

If a screening time doesn’t fit with your schedule, or you just want a more flexible option, suggest queer-made films already available on your employee’s streaming services. For example, you could offer your team a one-month subscription to watch Cheryl Dunye's ‘The Watermelon Woman’ the first feature film directed by a Black lesbian.  

Start a Book Club, or Clubs

Book clubs are a close-knit way to create change. Starting a LGBTQ+ themed book club can promote inclusion and improve your company culture in the process. History and knowledge sharing are the backbone of Pride; now is the time to get people together and read for a purpose.  

Consider finalizing the book club with a donation to Lamba Literary, an organization providing scholarships to emerging LGBTQ+ writers.  

There are many authors for all types of readers:

Depending on the book, it’s important to provide employees with content warnings upfront. Screen your book club selections for trauma-triggering content, so that everyone can feel included without having to confront sudden emotions at work.  

For more recommendations, check out Egale’s summer Pride reading list.

Tip: Having a digital hub to house the details for initiatives like the examples in this guide is critical to getting your team to participate. This could be a folder on your intranet, a channel on Teams/Slack, or Kudos Spaces.

Go to a Pride Parade

Whether you walk in the parade or watch from the sidelines, pride parades are a welcoming rite of passage for allies and LGBTQ+ community members.  

Start searching for “pride parade near me,” and ask what your team is up for. Check out this Pride 101 article by them, a diverse source for LGBTQ+ journalism. Within the article, you can find some virtual pride parade options for your remote team.  

Donate and Volunteer

Companies have a great opportunity to utilize their platforms for good during Pride month; from finding group volunteer activities that get your team involved hands-on in their communities, to donating to local LGBTQ+ charities and supports.  

Impact is best achieved with the right intentions, so it’s important to choose a cause that resonates with your brand. Here are a couple charities to choose from, and a hub detailing even more options:  

Review and Revise Your Policies  

On one note, it’s important for companies to publicly take a stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. On the other hand, it’s equally important for companies to turn inward during Pride and make sure their policies align with the values they promote.  

30% of LGBTQ employees in Canada report experiencing discrimination in the workplace compared to only 3% of non-LGBTQ employees,” – Egale  

Beyond updating your diversity policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity, consider offering company-wide training to make your workplace a safe space.  
Bain & Company offers a few more specific suggestions when it comes to policies and procedures:

  • Create an environment where “coming out” is safe and easy. Companies sometimes claim they don’t need LGBTQ-specific policies, since they don’t have ‘observably’ LGBTQ employees
  • Examine how language—including pronoun assumptions and discussions of home life—may be working to include or exclude (for example, some organizations ask all employees to refer to their romantic partners as "partners" vs husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend
  • Create opportunities for all employees to educate themselves on LGBTQ matters
  • Revisit your benefits, particularly healthcare and family leave, and ensure they meet the needs of all identities, genders, orientations, and family setups
  • Build allyship programs to lighten the load for LGBTQ employees in terms of advocating for pregnancy or flagging issues
Tip: if you are choosing to produce your own Pride content, the team at Copacino+Fujikado put together this guide, called Rainbow with a Cause to help brands create more thoughtful, purposeful, and inclusive Pride content.

Enhancing DEI Through Pride Month Celebrations in the Workplace

Celebrating Pride Month in the workplace is a pivotal element of a robust Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy. Here’s how it supports each aspect of DEI:

  1. Diversity: Celebrating Pride Month visibly acknowledges and values the presence of LGBTQ+ individuals in the workforce. It brings attention to the diverse orientations and identities, enhancing the organizational understanding and appreciation of this diversity.
  2. Equity: Pride celebrations in the workplace can lead to more equitable policies and practices. By recognizing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, companies can adjust their policies to ensure fair treatment, access, and opportunities for all employees. This might include revising non-discrimination policies, providing equitable benefits (like extending spousal benefits to same-sex partners), and creating support structures such as LGBTQ+ affinity groups.
  3. Inclusion: Pride Month activities help foster a more inclusive work environment where LGBTQ+ employees feel genuinely welcome and safe to express their identities openly. This inclusivity boosts morale and can increase overall employee engagement and satisfaction.

Overall, incorporating Pride Month into a DEI strategy helps promote a more inclusive corporate culture that actively supports everyone. This not only benefits LGBTQ+ employees but also enriches the entire organizational environment by encouraging openness, empathy, and understanding among all employees. Celebrating diversity in this way can also enhance the company's reputation, making it more attractive to diverse talent and potentially leading to greater innovation and productivity.

Celebrating Pride in the workplace is not just a symbolic gesture, but a meaningful commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all employees. HR leaders have a vital role in driving this change by updating policies, providing diversity training, and promoting initiatives that amplify LGBTQ+ voices. Let us seize this opportunity to stand in solidarity, honor the history of Pride, and actively work toward a future where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work without fear of discrimination. Together, we can create workplaces that truly embody the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Rage Applying: Is This the New Quiet Quitting?

Rage Applying: Is This the New Quiet Quitting? Rage Applying: Is This the New Quiet Quitting?

Quiet quitting is out, rage applying is in.

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First it was the great resignation, then quiet quitting and now – rage applying?

Rage applying is the latest trend in the job market - it's like a mad dash to the finish line, except the finish line is a new job.  

Employee retention is more critical than ever and with one trend after the next, leaders are going to HR for advice on how to navigate these trends that put their teams at risk.

Here's a guide on how to navigate this latest one – rage applying.  

What is rage applying?

Unlike quiet quitting, where employees distance themselves from their work and become less motivated, rage applying is when an employee starts applying for any role, even if it’s not well suited for them, just to get out of their current situation.  

Rage applying isn’t the result of one bad workday – it's the result of general disengagement due to a number of factors. When workers are consistently underpaid, overworked and left hopeless, they begin asking themselves, “is this worth it?”  

Why should leaders care about rage applying?

A whopping 67% of Canadian professionals have rage applied in 2023. According to this study, more than half of this group stated they left their organization due to toxic work relationships. That’s a lot of angry job seekers!  

But why should leaders care about this new trend?

You could lose your best employees

People don't leave their workplace; they leave their managers.

When a company is losing its best talent due to poor management, that means there are some serious adjustments that need to be made. It's time to start investing in your managers and providing them with the training they need to support their teams. Leaders are often the key agents to change and if they’re not aware of their team's needs, they will unfortunately lose their best performers.

The cost of turnover is high

Turnover is not a term any business likes to hear. It’s predicted that turnover costs about one third of a person’s annual salary. Recruitment, onboarding, and training all cost businesses a lot of money when they are constantly turning over employees.  

Gen Z is entering the workforce

Younger generations are seeking opportunities that give them fulfillment. They also can easily recognize the signs of a toxic workplace and are more inclined to walk away than to fight for what they want in their current role.  In a job where they feel powerless, rage applying might give them a small sense of power, even if it results in a new, mediocre job.  

Learn more about the needs of today’s multigenerational workforce in our Recognizing Generational Diversity culture guide.

Even though rage applying may only seem like a trend, it could be a sign of deeper issues going on within the workplace. Leaders need to pay careful attention and invest in solutions that will help build a better culture, so their employees can thrive in this new era of work.  

How can managers support employees they suspect are rage applying?

  1. Foster open and honest conversation. Have regular check-ins with your team so you can keep communication consistent and better recognize signs of burnout. Tessa White, also known as the “Job Doctor” on TikTok, talks about some of these helpful tips from her own experience when she was called a micromanager by her best team member.  
  1. Consider their career growth. Career planning can be challenging, but it’s key if you want to hold on to your best employees. Create an environment where your employees can harness new skills and reach their career goals, so they can fully see and understand their future in the company.
  1. Invest in recognition. It’s no secret employee recognition leads to business success. Employees who receive regular recognition are more productive, motivated, and committed to their organization, which leads to a more positive work environment and higher retention rates.

Demonstrating to your employees that you care, and their work is valued through meaningful recognition will have tremendous impact on your team. Using an employee recognition solution, like Kudos, you can recognize every moment of excellence and foster a culture of appreciation to improve overall job satisfaction, leading to a more committed and loyal workforce.  

People leave their jobs for many reasons, and that’s okay.

Sometimes it’s time to say goodbye and embrace new opportunities. But if we’ve learned anything over the last few years – losing top talent due to poor management and lousy culture is a costly mistake. In today’s competitive job market, trends like rage applying will only continue and it’s up to leaders to take notice and make the necessary changes.  

Investing in your employees is investing in the success of your business.

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HR Leaders, Don't Miss These Must-Reads

HR Leaders, Don't Miss These Must-ReadsHR Leaders, Don't Miss These Must-Reads

ICYMI – Here's a roundup of articles and guides to help HR leaders build great cultures through the power of employee recognition and rewards.

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2023 is off to a great start! In the first quarter of 2023, here at Kudos we worked hard to provide you with a range of insightful articles, guides, and resources to support you in creating a better culture, fostering employee engagement, and driving business growth.

The included articles share and explore trends and ideas, insights from HR leaders, and downloadable resources such as culture guides and celebration calendars. Topics covered included the use of AI in HR, the five languages of recognition (what's yours?), the link between employee recognition and business growth, the employee net promoter score, and the impact of employee recognition in different industries.

These resources share practical tips, real-life examples, and expert advice to help HR leaders navigate the ever-changing landscape of HR and create workplaces where employees feel valued, engaged, and motivated.

Here's your Q1 2023 round up:

HR Trends & Ideas

  • "We Asked ChatGPT How It Can Help HR Leaders: Here's What Happened": The Kudos team had a conversation with ChatGPT, the AI-powered language model, to explore how it can help HR leaders with employee engagement, talent management, and other HR-related tasks. The article provides insights on how AI can augment HR efforts and improve employee experience.  
  • "The 5 Languages of Recognition": This article explores the concept of the five languages of recognition and provides insights on how HR leaders can use them to promote effective employee recognition and appreciation. The article also includes practical tips and examples to help leaders communicate appreciation in a way that resonates with their employees.
  • "How Employee Recognition Leads to Business Growth": This article highlights the link between employee recognition and business growth and provides tips on how HR leaders can use recognition to drive employee engagement, productivity, and retention.
  • "Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) Explained": This article provides an overview of the employee net promoter score (eNPS), a metric that measures employee loyalty and satisfaction. The article includes tips on how HR leaders can use eNPS to improve employee engagement and retention.
  • "The Impact of Employee Recognition in Different Industries: Case Studies and Key Takeaways": This article showcases how employee recognition can drive engagement and boost productivity in various industries, including healthcare, hospitality, and retail. The article provides real-life examples and key takeaways for HR leaders to implement in their organizations.

Insights from Expert HR Leaders

  • "Taking a Bold Approach to HR That Challenges Norms and Leans on Authenticity": This article challenges HR leaders to take a bold approach to HR by challenging traditional HR practices and embracing authenticity. The article provides practical tips and examples to help HR leaders create a culture that fosters authenticity and drives employee engagement.
  • "The Power of Leading by Example in HR": This article explores the impact of leadership behavior on employee engagement and provides tips on how HR leaders can lead by example to create a positive work environment and inspire their teams to achieve their full potential.

New Culture Guides & Downloadable Resources

  1. "Kudos 2023 Celebrations Calendar": This culture guide provides a calendar of celebrations and events that HR leaders can use to engage and motivate their employees throughout the year.
  1. "Employee Appreciation Day and Month Guide": This article provides a comprehensive guide to help HR leaders plan and execute a successful Employee Appreciation Day or Month. The article includes creative ideas, best practices, and tips to make the celebration meaningful and impactful.
  1. "How to Use Your Culture as a Talent Strategy": This article explores how HR leaders can leverage their organization's culture to attract and retain top talent. The article provides insights on how to build a strong culture that aligns with the organization's values and goals.
  1. "Recognizing Generational Diversity": This culture guide explores how HR leaders can recognize and appreciate the diverse perspectives and values of different generations in the workplace. The guide provides tips and best practices for creating an inclusive workplace that values diversity and promotes collaboration.
  1. "Recognition Your Team Will Love": This culture guide provides creative ideas and best practices for employee recognition that can help HR leaders create a culture of appreciation and engagement.

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Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) Explained

Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) ExplainedEmployee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) Explained

An Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is a scoring system designed to help employers measure employee satisfaction and loyalty within their organization.

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“On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend our company as a workplace?”

This one simple question offers huge insights into your organization. Your Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) calculates employee loyalty, and can also be a key indicator for measuring your employee experience. HR leaders are using eNPS as a starting point to improve their company culture – let's take a deeper look at what this number means.  

What is an Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS)?

An Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is a scoring system designed to help employers measure employee satisfaction and loyalty within their organization. It comes from the Net Promoter Score (NPS)®, published by Fred Reichheld, which measures product and brand loyalty with customers. If NPS® is a successful way to measure customer loyalty, then why not use the same method to measure employee loyalty?

eNPS is determined by how your employees answer a variation of the question, “how likely are you to recommend working at [your organization] to a friend,” with answers based on a number scale from 1-10.  

Employees who answer in the 0-6 range are considered Detractors, 7-8 are Neutrals, and 9-10 are Promoters.  

It’s well known that employee engagement contributes to performance – organizations with a highly engaged workforce are 23% more profitable. Measuring your employee engagement through eNPS is a great start, and your results will help you design initiatives to turn your Neutrals and Detractors into Promoters.  

Why is eNPS important?

An eNPS score reflects an organization’s employee experience and engagement levels. Engaged employees are highly motivated and move an organization forward because their needs are being met, they have a sense of belonging, and they know their wellbeing matters.  

Rebecca Lee, Director of People at Kudos talks about the importance of eNPS, especially when focusing on culture, as it gives a view into your employee experience.  

It’s an important metric that not only gives us some feedback on how team members are feeling but encourages us to shift our mindset to approach team members as clients – particularly as we plan for programs and tactics that will have a positive impact on engagement, retention and overall satisfaction.” - Rebecca Lee, Director of People at Kudos

Calculating your eNPS is a great way to collect anonymous employee feedback. Employees who are satisfied and feel optimistic about their work and the organization they work for, will be more productive and innovative, and will most likely be Promoters in your eNPS. Through Kudos Pulse Surveys, conducting an eNPS survey is simple and effective and a great way to gain a complete picture of your organizational health.

How to calculate your eNPS

Calculating your eNPS is very simple – eNPS is the percentage of Promoters minus the percentage of Detractors (Neutrals are not included in the calculation).  

Here is an example:  

Your organization has 100 employees, and you ask them to rank how likely they would be to recommend working at your organization from a scale of 0-10:  

30 people answered with a number from 0-6 (Detractors), 20 people answered with either 7 or 8 (Neutrals), and 50 people answered with either 9 or 10 (Promoters). Neutrals are excluded from the calculation:

eNPS = 50% (Promoters) - 30% (Detractors)  

eNPS = 20% (or +20 on the ENPS scale)  

It’s important to note the score is not out of 100, it’s a scale that ranges between –100 to +100.

What is considered a good eNPS?

Having a positive eNPS means you have more Promoters than Detractors which is always the goal. It’s difficult to narrow down what is considered a great eNPS score, because they differ between industries, but usually +20 would be considered good, and anything above +50 is considered exceptional.  

Exploring the benchmarks in your industry is a good starting point when analyzing your score, as well as researching companies that are known for having a great eNPS score.  

Hubspot, at one point, reported an eNPS score of +91! Hubspot continually raises the bar for employee experience – in 2022 they were named a Best Workplace for Millennials by Fortune.  

Looking into the practices that organizations with high eNPS are taking is a great way to strategize how you can improve your employee experience.  

CAAT Pension Plan, a Kudos client since 2020, has made huge strides with keeping their employees engaged and has led them to become an award-winning organization. Read more about CAAT Pension Plan’s approach to recognition culture in our free case study; CAAT Sees Improved Employee Engagement by Putting Values First.

How to improve your eNPS score

Your eNPS can be a valuable metric, however it doesn’t give insights as to why your employees responded the way they did. Taking the steps to gather valuable feedback from your employees is crucial when wanting to improve your employee experience.  

Use pulse surveys to collect feedback

For HR leaders, it’s critical to understand your culture’s performance. The key to improving your overall employee experience in your workplace is being aware of it, and making actionable changes before it’s too late.

Designed to be quick and simple, Kudos Pulse Surveys enable employees to give feedback effortlessly. This powerful data provides a better understanding into your company culture initiatives, converting survey data into meaningful insights.

Utilizing these insights enables organizations to boost employee engagement, cultivate a better workplace environment, and push towards more positive transformation.

Share the results and commit to the changes

Collecting feedback is a great start, but it's critical to share the results with your employees along with what actions and initiatives will be taken to make improvements.

Look for common threads to identify potential issues and use those insights to move forward with a strategic plan to enhance your employee experience. How your organization changes to improve your overall employee experience is the path that will positively impact your people, and your business.

Invest in employee recognition

Happy employees equal productive employees. Employee recognition is not only good for a company’s morale, but it's also good for business growth. Studies from Gallup have shown that happy and engaged employees lead to increased productivity and profitability. Kudos streamlines recognition and helps create an environment where employees feel appreciated through regular and meaningful recognition, which can directly impact your eNPS.  

You can download our free guide, Making the Case for Employee Recognition, which will walk you through the steps to get approval of your employee engagement strategy.

Final note

Try not to be alarmed if your organization has more Detractors and Neutrals than Promoters – instead, take it as a crucial opportunity to pause on your organization's current practices, and analyze what needs to change. Listen to your employees, advocate for them, and determine your plan to turn Detractors and Neutrals into Promoters.  

Launching the right initiatives will help you emerge as a leader in company culture, but investing in the right tools, like Kudos, to make it happen is key.  

Originally published February 2023. Last updated January 2024.

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How to Use Your Culture as a Talent Strategy

How to Use Your Culture as a Talent StrategyHow to Use Your Culture as a Talent Strategy

How effective is your current talent strategy? Compensation and benefits might seem like the most important tools in the war for talent – but they’ll only serve to get people in the door.

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Attracting and retaining talent is more crucial than it’s ever been. Compensation and benefits might seem like the most important tools in the war for talent – but they’ll only serve to get people in the door.  

“We think that if we treat our team members well and empower them to make a meaningful impact, that’s what will help our company’s performance. In fact, that’s what we’ve seen.” Sierra Berg from Pillar Properties, a Kudos client since 2013.  

The culture you create directly impacts every part of your employee experience and determines your ability to attract, engage, and retain top talent. Our eBook, Culture as a Talent Strategy, provides actionable insights on how to create the kind of culture that fosters exceptional performance and retains your best people. Let’s take a look at what you’ll find inside.  

Fighting Historic Labour Shortages

In 2021 we were challenged with The Great Resignation, where 2.9% of the U.S. workforce voluntarily left their jobs and 48% of American workers were actively searching for new jobs in that same year.

For HR leaders, attracting and retaining talent through these shifts in our workforce is incredibly challenging. If our current demographic trends continue, this problem will only get worse. When organizations are perpetually understaffed, growth and innovation don’t happen.  

Talent is a strategic priority for your organization and will become THE strategic priority and your greatest source of competitive advantage. How can you take your talent strategy to the next level?

Your Culture is the Answer

Organizations that plan to seriously address long-term labor shortages are investing in creating authentic cultures that drive engagement and performance.  

Your people want to feel respected, valued, and aligned with the direction of your company. Creating an attractive, healthy culture is an investment in the long-term viability of your organization. Working on your culture today will help you make enormous strides, especially with younger generations, who care more about their employers’ values.  

Pillar Properties’ culture-first approach directly impacts their customers and their business performance. Pillar was recognized as a Culture Leader in the Best Culture Awards, due to their investment and commitment to building a strong workplace culture by becoming a people-focused and culture-first organization.  

Download the full case study, The Key to Pillar Properties’ Success is Remarkable Culture, to learn more about how they turned their challenges into opportunities and are now an award-winning company – all due to their culture.  

How to Build an Irresistible Culture

To build a healthy, high-performance culture, take a realistic look at your culture today and evaluate what is working and what is not working. Here are the important questions to help guide you:

  1. Do your current values align with your vision for the future? Work with leaders at all levels to define the values and supporting behaviors that align with your business strategy.  
  1. Which cultural values, qualities, and behaviors will create the conditions for engagement and excellence in your organization? Once you’ve identified your cultural values, you can use them as a lens to evaluate existing processes, technologies, and policies.  
  1. Have you created an environment where your people become culture champions? Employees who are culture champions are the ones who can’t wait to tell their friends and family about how great it is to work at your organization.  

Great culture happens when values, behaviors, talent, and strategy come together. More answers to these questions are all in our free eBook.  

Bonus! Employer Branding 101

Employer branding is how organizations manage how potential candidates perceive them as employers. Your goal for employer branding is to convince desirable candidates (i.e., candidates with the right skills, aligned values, etc.) to apply for jobs with your organization.

Your employer branding strategy should showcase your culture in an authentic way, not because it will attract candidates, but because it will attract the RIGHT candidates. Infuse the hiring process with your culture – a top-notch culture is the best way to recruit top-notch talent.

Culture is the only thing your competitors cannot replicate, and that’s why it’s the only sustainable competitive advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. Build a winning talent strategy today by downloading our free eBook, Culture as a Talent Strategy, and start taking actionable steps towards a culture that fosters exceptional performance and retains your best people.

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Your Team’s Secret Holiday Wish List

Your Team’s Secret Holiday Wish List  Your Team’s Secret Holiday Wish List

Company swag and forced fun is out. Time to disconnect and regular recognition is in.

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Currently, half of today's employees and managers are burned out at work, according to Microsoft's 2022 Work Trend Index. Between the ongoing pandemic, looming recession, and the usual stress this time of year brings, chances are your team is exhausted, overwhelmed, and in dire need of some downtime. Why is it, then, that along with weekends and weeknights full of holiday parties, shopping, and travelling, life at work feels busier and more demanding than it has all year?  

As HR teams, social committees, and culture clubs congregate to make some last-minute holiday plans, why not try something new this year? Rather than sticking to the old approach, here's an inside look at what your team really wants, and how to make it happen:

1) Instead of a virtual happy hour, offer time to disconnect

The urge to organize a virtual happy hour may be strong, and for some people, they are still a holiday dream come true! But with 80% of U.S. remote workers reporting some level of 'Zoom fatigue,' chances are, zooming in to party might bring out a few inner Grinches. Instead, give your team a clear choice by including one simple (compound) word: non-mandatory. Make it clear that your team can choose to attend or take the time to log off and recharge.

2) Swap out company swag for flexible gift cards

Sure, everyone loves a free t-shirt/hoodie/coffee mug, but is that really the best you can do? Between inflation and layoffs in the news, people are worried about personal finances – S&P Global reports that consumer holiday spending is expected to pull back compared to last season, for example. With that in mind, rather than delighting your team with (non-re-giftable) company swag, why not give them the gift of choice with a flexible gift card? Relieving the burden of holiday spending is a great way to show your team you have their back.

3) Ask yourself – can this wait until 2023?

Sometimes, what you don't give has the most impact. While the idea of starting 2023 off ready to go, with planning, budgeting, and reports complete, consider if it's worth your team's sanity and peace of mind. On top of that, with stress at an all-time high this time of year, the quality of the work will undoubtedly suffer. Pushing some deadlines to a week into January and giving your team a chance to breathe this December will put a smile on your team's face that a holiday ham could simply never.  

4) Pair your performance reviews with much-needed recognition

"I love performance review season," said no one ever. For some people, performance reviews bring anxiety, insecurity and significant discomfort. Unfortunately, this year risks being even more stressful, with many organizations freezing salaries and stalling promotions. Ensuring your team knows their work is appreciated is more critical now than ever. Announcing a 2023 implementation of a recognition platform, like Kudos, is a relatively inexpensive way of showing your team that you value their contributions. The bonus – a recognition platform is the gift that keeps on giving since your employees will continue to receive meaningful recognition all year and, if you choose to use points, a catalog of world-class rewards.

5) Give your team the right to disconnect

Finally, all this talk and effort leading up to the holidays is pointless if there is no actual time to celebrate and recharge. Time off can mean something different to everyone, including your managers. Some expect their teams to be accessible despite being "off." Have your leaders sign off on a "right to disconnect over the holidays" policy with guidelines on what is expected in terms of checking in with work and contingency plans. This will give your team the freedom to delete their work tech apps off their phones (no offence, Slack & Teams) and eliminate the need to check their email obsessively. Add some fun by suggesting some of these funny out of office messages. Your team will be delighted and will come back refreshed and ready to tackle 2023's challenges.


Changing how you've always celebrated the holidays can feel risky or uncomfortable, but the payoff is significant. When you see the joy in your team's eyes from getting what they really want, your own heart might just grow three sizes!

"And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!" –Dr. Seuss


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10 Must-Read Articles for HR Leaders Going into 2023

10 Must-Read Articles for HR Leaders Going into 2023 10 Must-Read Articles for HR Leaders Going into 2023

Here are our top 10 articles from 2022 that will take your culture to the next level in 2023.

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The working world is continuing to change – for businesses, for leaders, but especially for employees. Employees are facing critical questions in terms of job security, where they work and their long-term career aspirations. Despite recent reports of layoffs and quiet quitting, the effects of the great resignation are still very much alive, with some are choosing to leave their jobs, or pursue new careers, and this means the competition to attract and retain talent is still very much top of mind for HR leaders.  

An organization is only as good as its people. Organizations that want to stand out in 2023 will need to look beyond their traditional goals and start embracing trends, like building a culture of recognition, in order to thrive among the competition. Let’s take a look at our top 10 articles from 2022 that will help you take your culture to the next level in 2023.  

1. Lead With Your Core Values

What are your company’s core values? What seems like a straightforward question often ends with an incomplete answer.  

Tom Short, CCO of Kudos, explains in, Lead With Your Core Values, how to transform your company’s core values to be purposeful and deliberate. Tom discusses the necessary principles when building core values so your company can have a culture by design rather than a culture by default:

  • Why Core Values Matter  
  • Discovering and Developing your Core Values  
  • How to Become a Core Value Driven Organization

2. The Science Behind Employee Recognition

As human beings, we have the need to accomplish things, and in turn, have those accomplishments appreciated and recognized. Without this recognition, we begin to feel our actions or hard work have no purpose, and this leads us to feel unappreciated, undervalued, and unmotivated.

The Science Behind Employee Recognition, discusses how human beings are wired to feel connection, belonging and acceptance. Feeling and expressing gratitude releases dopamine and serotonin – these crucial neurotransmitters are responsible for making us feel ‘good’ and helping us regulate our emotions and immediate stress response. Gratitude acts as a catalyst for these neurotransmitters, and actively experiencing gratitude, and appreciation allows us to manage our stress levels better.  

3. 20 Employee Recognition Examples your Team Will Love

You should never hesitate to send recognition, but when your message is meaningful, it has the most impact.  

Employees at companies with an effective recognition solution are five times as likely to be connected to company culture and four times as likely to be engaged. Implementing an easy-to-use recognition program for your employees is key to making recognition the foundation of your company culture.  

20 Employee Recognition Examples your Team Will Love discusses the types of employee recognition, how to write meaningful recognition and perfect examples to help you start.  

4. Recognition Platforms: Banks of Positive Reinforcement

When you’re recognized for accomplishing something great, where does that feeling go after the moment has passed?

Recognition Platforms: Banks of Positive Reinforcement dives deep into human memory, how we store recognition, and how an effective employee recognition program can nurture the experience of positive recognition.  

Platforms like Kudos keep each moment of social recognition in one place. Instead of waiting on directive memories to trigger motivation, you can access a bank of positive inspiration, any time.

5. How to Build a Culture of Recognition

When it comes to workplace benefits, today's employees expect the most common “perks” as the bare minimum  Offering free snacks and staff parties are no longer a competitive driver to making your organization a great workplace. Companies that are ahead of the curve know to look for deeper, more sustainable solutions.

How to Build a Culture of Recognition discusses the impact recognition has on your culture and employee experience, and how to make recognition an extension of your company’s core values and talent strategy by making it a regular habit within your organization.  

6. Why Strong Workplace Culture is Critical in Uncertain Times

Employees have been through a lot, and it’s critical to manage their emotional wellbeing. For many, today’s uncertain times are contributing to increasing levels of stress – which can have far reaching implications for your company. The good news is that by following some key guidelines you can help your organization successfully navigate this unpredictable era. Here’s what you’ll find in Why Strong Workplace Culture is Critical in Uncertain Times:

  • How recognition counteracts stress  
  • How to manage the wellbeing of your employees
  • Measuring the wellbeing of your culture  

7. The Key to A Winning Employee Recognition Strategy

Employee recognition has been around for a long time – dating back to the Industrial Revolution, when employers sought ways to make employees more efficient and productive

A key contributor to building an engaged workforce and great culture is continuing to adapt to your employee expectations. While the need for recognition has not gone away, employees today expect it more regularly and personalized to their contribution and impact. When did you last check in on your current employee recognition practices? What steps are you taking to modernize your employee recognition in 2023?

Read all about The Secret to a Winning Employee Recognition Strategy and the 6 key things to consider when building a culture of recognition in your organization.

8. Employer Branding: Everything you need to know

A strong employer brand will set your organization apart in today's ever-changing job market. Your employer brand will help you compete for talent with companies that offer similar roles and benefits compensation.  

In times when people can choose to work at any company, anywhere in the world, your organization's employer brand will help you stand out.

In Employer Branding: Everything you need to know will help you learn:

  • Employer branding 101
  • The benefits of building a strong employer brand
  • Who should oversee employer branding in your organization
  • How to build a great employer brand

Building an employer brand is a long-term culture strategy that will bring your core values to life and pay big dividends for your organization.  

9. Why People Leave Their Jobs

Feeling genuinely connected in any environment requires dedication, thoughtfulness, and compassion.  

Many people are looking for new jobs because they don’t feel connected to their current ones. Employees feel disconnected from their organizations for many different, but equally important reasons:  

  • Lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies  
  • Low job satisfaction, and pessimistic outlook  
  • Salary matters, but it’s not all that matters  
  • Their mental health is suffering  
  • People want a work style to match their lifestyle  

Thoughtful employee recognition strategies can address these nuances, remind people of their unique worth, and support their individuality.  

Read our article, Why People Leave Their Jobs, to learn what you can do to keep your team engaged and onboard.

10. The Future of Work Hinges on Employee Recognition

If you find yourself bearing the brunt of the Great Resignation you might be using outdated solutions to modern problems.

Today’s employees are seeking a strong company culture that recognizes their contributions. They want more than just compensation and time off – their must-haves for a thriving work culture include a recognition-first approach and a company that is taking massive steps towards employee engagement.  

Kudos’ President and CEO Muni Boga’s article, The Future of Work Hinges on Employee Recognition, sheds light on the crucial lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic and offers a path to success for companies who are ready to invest in a recognition-centric culture, rather than hoping for a return to our old ways.  

Kudos is ready to help you build a culture of recognition. Let us know how we can help you succeed.

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Why Transparency Matters to Employees

Why Transparency Matters to Employees Why Transparency Matters to Employees

What is business transparency, anyway? This article dives into the benefits for your organization and how you can overcome potential challenges.

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Trust is built upon a foundation of transparency; employees, clients and partners trust an organization that is open, honest, and clear.

For employees, transparency means having enhanced visibility into processes, decisions, and strategy that goes beyond the superficial or the “need-to-know". Access to pertinent information helps people make more effective decisions, especially in the workplace. According to Glassdoor, “when an organization is more transparent with their employees, they tend to be more successful in several areas: they have increased employee engagement, stronger company culture and [transparency] fosters a type of comfort that allows employees to freely communicate.”  

What is business transparency?

Here’s a (fictional) short story about a person named Leslie. Leslie had worked in technology for quite a while when she felt it was the right time to change careers. To learn as much as possible about prospective opportunities, Leslie tried to learn as much as she could about a company, she thought she might want to work for; the problem was that there wasn’t much available on their website beyond templated copy and marketing speak that gave her no insight into what the company was really like. Leslie decided to take matters into her own hands by using other digital resources available to her, like search engines, social media, and career review websites. In the end, Leslie was able to learn enough about the company to pursue it as an opportunity. Through her search, she started to understand the culture, the objectives, and the philosophy of the company.

There are two important takeaways from this story:

1. This could easily be the real story of anyone seeking new opportunities and having to go deep to find necessary information. In Leslie’s case, she was highly motivated and did the extra work to dig up information, but not everyone – client or potential employee, has the same dedication.

2. The need for prospective employees, clients, and partners to do a deep dive to learn about your business can be avoided by being more transparent on your own website.

This doesn’t mean you have to expose every aspect of your business to the public and potentially make your organization vulnerable to competition. What it does mean is that you have an opportunity to tell your brand’s unique story in an open and authentic way, which will help you grow your business, reach the right clientele, and attract employees who are a great culture fit.  

While the example above is of a prospective employee, the impact on prospective and existing customers is also significant. Forbes states that honesty and transparency can help a business see growth in its customer base. In fact, a study found that 94% of consumers questioned would remain loyal to a transparent brand.

What are the benefits for my organization?

First and foremost, you will stand out as a business that is open, honest, and authentic. When an organization is viewed this way, people have more faith in working for them (as an employee) and with them (as a partner or client).  

MyHRToolKit outlined some specific benefits of business transparency which focus on relationship building with employees and improving overall workplace culture. Healthy relationships start with trust, and when your business is transparent, it “helps employees feel like they are part of something bigger. It invites them to really be a part of your business and its vision. It gives them ownership over their role, provides them with confidence in your leadership, and often means they will remain loyal to your company for longer.”  

When it comes to how this can impact your workplace culture it all boils down to the environment you want to foster; a transparent culture “strengthens relationships between employees and their employers and helps nurture an environment of collaboration. Rather than fighting for a position at the top and pulling down others along the way, employees will be more likely to support their colleagues and stay motivated even when the going gets tough.”

How can I overcome potential challenges?

Being transparent isn’t without its own set of challenges. When you decide to be more open about your business, that vulnerability may instill fear and skepticism – ‘have we shared too much?’ ‘Are we giving our competitors an edge?’ While these are normal concerns, a more important question to ask of your business is ‘can our brand grow and thrive without being more transparent?’  

What’s important to remember is that the type and amount of transparency your business fosters are completely within your control. According to Harvard Business Review, there are very real challenges in being too transparent, but finding the right balance for your organization can ensure you’re setting the right tone and facilitating an optimal experience for everyone. They outline four categories of transparency in business:

  • Boundaries around teams - Members of a team are more likely to embrace transparency if they know there are set boundaries in place that limit information from becoming too far reaching. (e.g., the R&D team may want boundaries to protect items still in the development process)
  • Boundaries between feedback and evaluation - Giving employees permission to learn and grow from their day-to-day actions without their mistakes being exposed and over scrutinized.  
  • Boundaries between decision rights and improvement rights - Drawing a line between an organization’s innovators and decision makers as they need differing levels of transparency. Holders of decision rights benefit from a transparent environment while that kind of visibility gets in the way of employees’ striving to make improvements. (e.g., executive team members require transparency to make the best possible decision, while team members who are innovating require a less transparent environment so they can create more freely).
  • Boundaries around time - Transparency granted for a specified period of time, allowing employees to prepare for —and make the most of—their window of privacy. This type of boundary complements the other three.

What’s the next step?

The benefits of becoming a more transparent business vastly outweigh any potential challenges, as long as you’re mindful of what you’re being transparent about and are doing it in the interest of your team, partners and clients. The following are three ways you can encourage your company to become more transparent today:

  • Facilitate a safe space – when people know that the environment they are working in is safe, they become more willing to collaborate, challenge one another and ask for help.
  • Keep your team informed – transparency starts from the top down; when a business leader is open about the values, direction, and growth plans of the company, the team will feel more confident in the organization.
  • Employee recognition – Public employee appreciation helps your team feel appreciated for their efforts, shows them how valued they are within the organization and helps them stay better engaged while at work.

You’ve worked hard to create an organization that offers a unique solution to a problem – make sure you’re open enough to let people fully appreciate your greatness and help make you even better.  

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The Monster Under HR’s Bed

The Monster Under HR’s Bed   The Monster Under HR’s Bed

Here are some of today’s HR leaders’ biggest fears, and some solutions to ease them. For the full effect, please read this article by candlelight, or while holding a flashlight under your chin.

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The month of October can make us feel uneasy for a variety of reasons; Halloween candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner being one.  

But just as the seasons are changing, so is the world of HR; and what’s more frightening than the unknown?

Here are some of today’s HR leaders’ biggest fears, and some solutions to ease them. For the full effect, please read this article by candlelight, or while holding a flashlight under your chin.  

Finding and Keeping Talent

According to the 2022 Identity of HR Survey by HR Drive, HR leaders say there are three main barriers to recruitment and retention:  

  • 72% said they don’t receive enough well-qualified candidates.
  • 31% said their company has limited work flexibility (hours, location).  
  • 41% said their company doesn’t offer competitive compensation.

The survey found that small, tight-knit organizations are faring better than large ones in terms of climbing resignation rates: 53% of large organizations reported climbing rates, while only 26% of small organizations did.  

Keep in mind, the size of an organization does not necessarily make or break its chances at better employee retention. Small organizations can more easily create the sense of community and belonging that job-seekers crave, but even large, remote organizations can seamlessly integrate positive culture with the right tools.  

Solutions

Feeling Stretched Too Thin

HR’s role has morphed drastically in the past two years to that of a strategic business partner. Rightfully so, HR is getting more recognition, but they’re not yet receiving the resources to match.  

While HR professionals are “the people that help people”, many of us get into the habit of venting to HR without following through with formal complaints. Being an emotional sounding board in any setting would get exhausting; HR professionals somehow need to conjure the emotional energy to support entire organizations from 9 to 5.  

Solutions

  • HR leaders need leadership buy-in to build their culture strategies, and act on them. From getting approval for the necessary budget and staffing to making time for culture activities in their schedules – this groups participation is crucial.    
  • HR leaders can’t build an effective strategy if they have no time. Create a clearer definition for the role of your HR team, and if necessary, expand your team or outsource.
  • Every member of an organization is responsible for its culture. Try implementing regular recognition and team building, so everyone has a chance to make a positive difference. If people have less to vent about, HR can build resiliency in other areas — beyond emotional support.  

Resistance to Change

Large organizations need more organization. That said, the survey found that rigid systems can reinforce the same toxic cultural norms HR is working to dismantle.  

Naturally, employees at all levels in an organization are guilty of resisting change. It’s easy to justify tradition when you’re immersed in all its (fleeting) benefits; but today’s talent is looking for more than a paycheck.  

In HR, resisting change is like hanging your feet over the edge of the bed, taunting whatever sinister being that lies underneath to pull you by the ankles.  

Solutions

  • Accepting that there is no static, be-all end-all solution opens the door to a more transparent, synergistic culture.  
  • Give employees frequent opportunities to showcase their own ideas or suggestions for cultural initiatives – you may find that opening up the floor to employees can help to drive important change
  • Your organization’s culture is what you make it. Investing in an employee engagement program like Kudos will take some of the heavy lifting off your HR teams’ shoulders, and demonstrate the value of their role to the rest of your organization through public, peer-to-peer recognition messages.  

Remote Work vs. In-Office

HR Reporter also revealed workers’ ideas about change. Many people are hoping for large pay bumps if forced to return to the office full-time. In Canada, for example, 80% of remote workers might just look for a new job if asked to return full-time to the office.  

Even with an excess of other responsibilities, many HR leaders are left with the task of encouraging people to return to the office. Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news, especially when it could lead to losing employees they care about.  

Solutions

  • Thoughtfully consider your organization’s reasons for bringing employees back to the office full-time. Many workers have acclimated to their remote, flexible, and hybrid roles, so a full return may feel jarring.  
  • Create a plan that eases employees back into the office. Smooth-out the blunt edges of your plan, so that HR can introduce it to employees with less confrontation.  

Maintaining Morale and Engagement

80% of organizations rank maintaining morale and engagement as their top priority for 2022. So, what’s the best way to go about it?  

Maintaining morale and engagement is a unique challenge because each employee gains motivation from different things. HR professionals need a solution that harmonizes life and work, so that each employee feels welcomed and accepted for their authentic selves.  

Each organization has a unique viewpoint, identity, and mission, with workplace culture at the center. Tackling culture doesn't have to be scary! With the right tools and approach, you can design an irresistible culture that fuels healthy morale.

People are happier at work when they feel welcome, and among friends. With recognition platforms like Kudos, which open the doors for peer-to-peer social recognition, your company culture will give employees a sense of community.  

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Quiet Quitting Explained

Quiet Quitting ExplainedQuiet Quitting Explained

Your guide to the quiet quitting phenomenon and what you can do to address it.

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Should you be worried about quiet quitting?

Quiet quitting represents a significant shift in today’s workforce. More than ever, today’s employees are seeking happiness at work and better work-life balance. More and more employees are rejecting the “hustle culture” mentality.

We dove into the history of quiet quitting to provide some advice on what to do next if you’re feeling confused about this trending topic.

What is quiet quitting?

Many definitions of quiet quitting have surfaced.  

Gartner defines it as “a term that describes employees who are not motivated to put their all into work. They’re not actually quitting, but they have mentally checked out.” Forbes calls it “greater emotional separation or new boundaries between work and life.”

Essentially, it is a rebellion against the “hustle culture” mentality many grew up observing.

In the viral TikTok video, Zaid Khan defines the term as “not outright quitting your job, but quitting the idea of going above and beyond.”  

While the TikTok video is from 2022, the concept of ‘quiet quitting’ has existed for decades.

Perhaps the most popular example of quiet quitting is the 1999 film Office Space. In this corporate satire, fictional character Peter Gibbons refuses to work overtime, wants to have a good time and charms two consultants into putting him on the management fast-track.

From a long commute to a boss who is constantly asking him to work weekends, Peter Gibbons stops going the extra mile and encourages others to do the same – rejecting hustle culture.

Hustle Culture

So, what is hustle culture anyway? The concept is simple – hustle culture means letting work be the driving force in your life, to the detriment of all else. Other people stuck in hustle culture might feel like they must work (long hours) to fulfill their professional goals, and there’s simply no other way.  

But, why?  

Historically in the US, people who earned the highest salary would work less than the people who earned the least. It makes sense – if you’re making a lot of money, then you can afford to work less.  

But something changed in the late 80s; people making the highest salary started to work the longest shifts. The reason? Employees paid by the hour (typically blue-collar workers) were now protected by the Fair Labour Standards Act. From then on, hourly employees were required to be paid overtime.

At the same time, employers hiring salaried workers, typically in white-collar professions, began to glamorize the idea of workaholism. These workers would work unpaid extra hours to achieve their targets and professional goals.

Hustle culture promotes “always staying on,” and that mentality can lead to burnout.  

Today, according to Deloitte, almost 80% of people have experienced burnout at work.  

With the impact of globalization and automation, a wave of mergers and acquisitions started to happen. Afraid of getting laid off, people were bound to work harder to demonstrate their role was indispensable. This fed hustle culture, and subsequently, burnout culture.  

What changed?

When Millennials entered the workforce, they started to advocate for better work-life balance and a focus on wellness. Tired of seeing their parents working at companies with poor cultures, this generation fought for the flexibility and benefits we see in today’s job market.

A study done by PWC proves this, revealing that Millennials demand better work-life balance. That said, this generation won’t just accept a position for a high salary, they also want purpose, and will make sure that companies align with their values before they accept a job. What's more, with record-high employment rates, they can be choosy.

Did Millennials or Gen Z start the quiet quitting trend?

Both generations seem to rebel against the hustle culture mentality. According to Deloitte, Gen Z also craves more purposeful and flexible work with a particular focus on their mental health.  

But employees aren’t just refusing to work overtime or weekends; some are unmotivated and disengaged during regular working hours.

According to Gallup, almost 85% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work. In some cases, quiet quitting could arguably be another form of employee disengagement.

What can your organization do?

1. Get to know your employees well

It’s important to understand that each person sees work differently. According to Yale professor Amy Wrzesniewski, there are three different approaches people take to their work.  

First, we have the people who see work as a means to put food on the table and pay bills – these are ‘job oriented ’ people.

Secondly, we have people with a ‘career orientation;’ they see their work as a path to a better status in life, so they don't mind putting the extra mile into their work to achieve that.  

Finally, we have the people who take it even further. They don’t view their job as a career but instead as a ‘calling.’  

While none of these approaches are necessarily good or bad, it’s important for managers to find the right way to motivate each employee to keep them engaged.  

For instance, if a person who is job oriented has a family emergency, they will seek support from their employer to take time off to support their loved one. Similarly, if someone is career oriented and feels like they’ve reached their peak at work, you should find ways to develop a comprehensive career development plan with them. Finally, if you have a ‘calling’ employee, be mindful of burnout. While they love their job and find it satisfying, make sure they get the support they need by encouraging breaks and disconnection from work on vacation.  

2. Focus on engagement

Employees are disengaged for nuanced reasons, but at the core, they want to feel valued and that their organization cares for their wellbeing.  

Recognition is one proven way more companies are opting to utilize to improve their engagement levels. What’s more, it also helps you build a stronger connection with your employees.

According to Gallup, employees are up to four times more likely to be engaged if they experience regular recognition at work.

The key here is to understand that happier employees perform better. As a result, forward-thinking companies are coming to realize that the push toward a more balanced work life has produced benefits for both employees and employers.

With a tool like Kudos, employers can encourage peer-to-peer recognition, allowing people’s hard work to be highlighted in situations where it might normally go unnoticed. The platform allows your team to align their recognition messages to your company values, helping employees develop a better sense of belonging while helping employers measure their engagement too.  

3. Take good care of managers

Almost identical to the employee engagement study, today, Gallup reports that only one in three managers feel engaged at work. Taking good care of managers means giving them the resources they need to lead a team properly.  

Quiet quitting is a silent scream for managers to build a stronger relationship with their employees, but managers can’t do that if they are feeling burned out.  

According to a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, the most important factor is to build trust. If an employee trusts their manager, they will also feel the organization cares for their wellbeing.  

Remember, a trustworthy manager reflects a trustworthy organization. So, encourage managers to take time off, provide training and finally, work towards a culture where managers can get recognized too. Oftentimes, managers get forgotten despite the key part they played in achieving the outcome.  

Where to go from here

Quiet quitting poses a higher threat when an unhealthy workplace culture is in place.  

However, organizations that adapt to newer generations’ demands will see better results than the ones stuck in the past.  

By working towards healthy workplace culture, being there for your employees and managers, and praising their achievements through consistent recognition, you'll be well on your way to a thriving, engaged workforce.  

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Workplace Culture: Why Recognition is Important

Workplace Culture: Why Recognition is ImportantWorkplace Culture: Why Recognition is Important

From policies and procedures to your company’s values and beliefs. What exactly is workplace culture, and how can recognition create a workplace culture that will flourish?

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Culture has the power to influence many aspects of your organization’s operations. That’s because workplace culture is part of everything an organization does. From policies and procedures to your company’s values and beliefs. So, what exactly is workplace culture, and how can recognition create a workplace culture that will flourish?

Workplace Culture: Definition

Culture is a hot topic these days, especially surrounding discussions on remote work and many organizations returning to office-based work. At its core, workplace culture is the shared values, behaviours, and goals of the organization.

Workplace culture is the foundation of the unique identity your organization needs to stand out from the rest. Like employer branding, workplace culture has the power to attract top talent and build stronger relationships with your clients. Think of workplace culture as your organization’s personality and unique traits.

Culture and employer branding go hand in hand. While employer branding focuses on how prospective employees will see your organization while looking for a job, workplace culture is what will ultimately make them stay.

Workplace Culture: Importance

By now, most organizations understand that workplace culture can bring benefits such as better communication between teams, enhanced trust between employees and higher efficiency.

In fact, according to a Deloitte study, 94% of executives think of culture as a vital component to business success. What’s more, when looking at successful organizations around the globe, you’ll notice they all have one thing in common: a strong workplace culture.

A strategic workplace culture built by design (versus by default) is important because it will influence your employees by creating a better sense of belonging. Employees that feel like they belong and bring their authentic selves to work, influence organizational performance.

“Millennial turnover costs the US economy $30.5 billion annually” (Gallup Report, 2022)

With millennials voluntarily leaving their jobs at a drastic rate, it’s never been more important to analyse what’s working and what needs improvement.  

Millennial workers – the largest working generation today, are different from previous generations in that if they don’t like the culture, they will leave for a new employer. Moreover, a likeable culture needs to be genuine – it must reflect your organization’s values and ideals.

Defining your workplace culture 

Now that we know why culture is so important, and why it has become so top of mind in the last few years, how can you define it and make it stronger?  

  1. Employees need to believe in it: Whether your company is a start-up, or a large enterprise, workplace culture has been part of who you are as an organization from day one. By now, however, one important thing you’ve probably realized is that you can’t force people to believe in it. Sure, you can tell them what you believe the culture is all about, and how to work within that culture, but this approach is unsustainable and distracting for leaders and employees. According to thought leader, Simon Sinek, the key is to get early adopters and innovators in your organization onboard with your desired culture and values first, and if they buy-in, the rest of the company will follow. One way to reinforce your culture according to your vision and your values, in an authentic way, is through recognition. Voluntary, peer-to-peer recognition has the right ingredients to make everyone believe in your workplace culture. Moreover, linking recognition to your core values will reinforce the culture you’re trying to achieve and embrace. So, if you don’t have a recognition program in place, that’d be a great place to start. Kudos’ unique approach to recognition allows you to link recognition back to your organization’s values. Remember that you already have a workplace culture; all you need is a little help defining it.
  1. Focus on engagement: With many of us working remotely and only 3% wanting to return to an office full-time, it can become tough to define and enrich your workplace culture. According to a Gallup report, only 34% of US employees feel engaged at work. This is extremely low, yet it is the highest level of engagement since the early 2000s. With a tool like Kudos, teams will have an online forum where employees can celebrate accomplishments, recognize peers, and feel more connected to your organization’s culture. Kudos can transform the challenge of remote work into an opportunity for employees to connect, celebrate and learn more things about each other. But regardless of whether your team is remote, hybrid or in-office, appreciation for their hard work will directly have an impact on your workplace culture because it boosts employee’s morale.
  1. Adapting to new generations: One sign of great workplace culture is the ability to adapt and attract top talent. With generations like millennials and Gen Z making up almost half of the full-time US workforce, your organization’s workplace culture needs to focus on what they care about the most: Benefits, flexibility and recognition. These generations appreciate having mental health benefits and work-life balance. Even before The Great Resignation, millennials and Gen Z were opting for organizations that cared about their wellbeing. In a post pandemic world, adding a comprehensive employee benefits package that includes mental health resources such as employee family assistance programs (EFAP) or high maximums for psychology, will lower absenteeism and increase productivity. Additionally, both generations crave flexibility, meaning they don’t want rigid working hours. A study done by Deloitte found that three quarters of millennials and Gen Z would prefer hybrid or remote work. Unique circumstances like mass layoffs and more than a few economic recessions have made these two generations crave better recognition at work. So, by creating a culture of recognition, you will see higher employee performance because employees will trust you and feel safe.

Looking ahead

Leadership plays a big role in how workplace culture is developed and evolves. It’s demonstrated that when employees take pride in the workplace culture they share, everyone wins. Employees want their needs to be met, but they also want to know the work they do is appreciated. By recognizing and adapting, employers that strive towards a positive workplace culture will thrive.

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