Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week – December 2, 2013

by Jimmy Winskowski on Dec 2, 2013 7:26:38 AM

The holidays are here, and there is no better time to talk about preparing to show more gratitude in the workplace! As we shared last week, over 80% of workers say they feel more motivated and work harder when their bosses express appreciation for their work. Read on and see how you can make this holiday season full of gratitude and giving.

giftIs giving back a part of your company's DNA? If not, Entrepreneur's Lisa Evans shares a few good reasons why it ought to be. We're not just talking about good karma (although that may be reason enough,) but three simple ways gratitude can increase your bottom line this holiday season. How will you make giving a part of your company's culture this year?

 
Engaging employees often boils down to letting them know that you're willing to listen to what they have to say and act on it. Why, then, is it so difficult for so many business owners to do? It may be a matter of adopting a little extra humility and doing a little less talking. If you need help really listening to your workers, read this piece from Inc.com contributor Jenn Hyman.

santa-cashHow do you plan on showing your employees how much they are appreciated this holiday season? A raise and/or a bonus are still the gold standard in the eyes of most employees, but what if that's just not in your business's budget? Suzanne Lucas (aka Evil HR Lady) tackles this tough question in her post entitled, "What Do Employees Want for Holiday Gifts? We Asked Them."

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