Gamification for Engagement

In the recent popularity of more involved wellness programs for employees, there have been may more creative ways to get employees more engaged with these programs, and ultimately, more engaged with their work. One trend that has experienced some success in organizations is that of gamification, or turning wellness engagement into a competitive game. Whether employees are encouraged to spur friendly competition with coworkers or with one’s own wellness progress, it seems as though gamification helps employees to finally view healthy behaviors as fun. Continue Reading →

What Have You Achieved Today?

Time management and self-discipline are two things that that many employees struggle with at work and in their everyday lives (myself included). There is often a significant breakdown between intentions and behaviors that keep individuals from accomplishing all of the amazing things they intend to do. For example, say you are excited to start a new exercise routine. Perhaps you buy a new DVD to work out at home or get a new gym membership to start your plan to get healthy. What is it, then, that gets in the way of following through on the plan? Laziness? Maybe. However, it’s probably more than that. Continue Reading →

Is There a Difference Between Management and Leadership?

Management and leadership are often thought of as very similar concepts.  One of the most important observations to be made is that organizations need both good managers and good leaders to be successful.  Both management and leadership are given power. It is believed that good managers and leaders will use their “socialized power” to benefit employees by encouraging energy and enthusiasm in the workplace.  And on the other hand, management and leadership can abuse the power by bullying employees and causing physical and psychological stress. Continue Reading →

Let’s Get Motivated!

Current research in motivation is very conflicted.  Many developed theories have been thrown to the wayside once application in the workplace demonstrates a lack of success.  However, one of the most robust theories in motivation is the goal-setting theory.  The theory states that when employees set goals and are given feedback regarding the goals, employees are more motivated on the job.  It is best when employees participate in the goal-setting process as they gain ownership to his or her goals. Continue Reading →

No Rungs Left on the Ladder: Keeping Employees Engaged

In my graduate program, some of my classmates who worked full-time spoke often of a fear of getting bored in their career. Many spoke of feeling that they may hit a point where “climbing the corporate ladder” ceases and they become stuck in a position they are unhappy. With organizations tightening promotions and creation of new jobs, this a real fear that many employees experience. Continue Reading →

Need for Achievement and Motivation

Everyone is motivated for different reasons to accomplish tasks at work. What motivates me to do work may be completely different from what motivates you. Our personalities and job functions can influence how we respond to work demands and what it takes for us to complete the tasks. The Need for Achievement Theory, target characteristics that make individuals motivated because of the need to feel achievement. Continue Reading →

Rewarding Employees

Earlier this month, Better Works announced that $8 million dollars was gained for employee rewards.  Better Works is a small startup company that helps organizations with employee reward programs.  Better Works has gained a great reputation, which has allowed them to secure incentive programs with local merchants for organizations.  An organization can choose what they want to include in their reward program, and Better Works will customize a program. Continue Reading →