Business Thinking: How Important Is the “Employee of the Month”?

If you are one of the lucky and skilled ones that were able to start your own business, it should be one of your priorities to keep productivity and morale up. So how do you do that exactly? The concept of “The Employee of the Month” is something that has always been heavily represented in media like TV and movies. It makes us wonder just how important is the program itself.

What is the Employee of the Month?

This is the person that manages to meet a specific set of rules or accomplishments as set by the administration. When seen by the outside, it is always represented by a plaque reflecting the picture and the name of the chosen employee.

The factors that go into choosing an employee of the month can usually involve:

  • Perfect attendance
  • Voting system
  • Meeting KPIs

Whatever they are, it is usually clear who can join and how many times they can be part of the program. There is no point in trying to raise morale if only one person gets to benefit from it. It is also important to be clear about what else they will get from the program. Just a picture on the wall is not enough. A bonus or some gift certificates can work.

Why is it Important?

The employee acknowledgement program or an employee of the month program has been known to have these particular effects:

Increased Productivity

When there is something to be gained—beyond the regular salary, people tend to work harder. While not everyone may be inclined to chase after the incentives, there are some that will rise to the challenge.

Friendly Competition

When there is more than one person after the reward, a friendly competition usually sparks. They usually keep each other accountable for their actions. No one wants to be beaten by a cheater. So it makes it a lot easier to keep a handle of things. It will be the employees themselves that will keep each honest.

Always Remember

The program is in place to help induce and inspire productivity—not a toxic environment. Before you launch your employee of the month program, it is important to do notable study over it. What parameters are going to be part of your program? Who gets to be involved? How long does the program last?

These any many more need to be answered. The program should exist for the betterment of your employees—not their harm. So when you think about it, why is the program important?

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Love In the Age of Social Media: What Is Healthy and What Is Not?

Pretty much everyone has social media. In the age where the norm is to share so much information about our daily lives, relationships are pretty much put on a stage. This can put a lot of strain on relationships—even when you don’t mean to do so. In light of this, we want to take a chance to discuss healthy vs. unhealthy social media habits when it comes to relationships.

Healthy

When your relationship is going to be online, it is important to maintain healthy habits like:

Tasteful posts

Is it your anniversary and you want to make a gushy post? There’s no problem with that—as long as you keep the intimate details of your relationship off the status. There is no issue with being sweet online—just keep the massive PDA to yourselves.

Mindful Tagging

Social media is a place where it is easy to find things that are in line with the interests of yourself or your partner. It is completely okay and healthy to engage in things that you find interesting or sharing those things with your partner. Social media is first and foremost a sharing platform.

Unhealthy

Unhealthy habits can sneak up on you like:

Ranting

It can be quite easy to get carried away by your emotions when you are in a relationship. It’s easy to feel like you are the aggrieved party and want everyone to know that you are clearly the victim in a scenario or a problem. However, this paints a pretty grim portrait of your partner AND yourself.

You now look like a person that cannot keep personal issues between the necessary parties. It also implies that you do not hesitate to hang your partner out to dry when a bump (no matter how small or large) comes up.

Apologies

Hear us out. When you or your partner errs, there must be apologies to be made, yes. However, these are better served privately. It can put unnecessary pressure on the one being apologized to. Think about it. If you were hurting about something and you go online and see your wall littered with posts from your significant other saying how sorry they were along with the comments of other people.

It takes away the sincerity of the apology.

Always Remember

A relationship is between two people—not two people and each other’s friend list. It can be really tempting to share something because being validated is something that a lot of us crave—especially when we are feeling slighted or feeling upset.

When you are presently in a relationship—or even if you aren’t, it will serve you well to learn about the line between healthy and unhealthy relationship habits on social media. Which bad habits have you been guilty of?

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