Recognizing Employees: What’s Most Effective?

When it comes to recognizing employees for their performance, there are many methods of “proven,” effective recognition. But as you may already know, not all of these are good for every employee, nor is one of them the “magic button” to be used for any one group. How can you gauge which form of recognition might be the most effective? How do you navigate the different personalities, job types, and forms of recognition to motive your employees and help them progress? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

5 Ways to Show Your Employees You Appreciate Them

Managers and human resource professionals know that one way of improving office morale and ensuring employee retention is by showing employees that they are appreciated. The difficult piece is giving employees effective recognition. Often, employee appreciation is lumped into a few days of the year. Maybe HR provides cake for the office to show employees that they care; other times, recognition isn’t given until performance reviews come around, at which point the recognition is mandatory and possibly less authentic. Here are 5 ideas for giving your employees genuine recognition that will encourage and motivate them in their jobs. Like this Continue reading

What Employees Want From Employers #VLOG

vlog on what employees want

Employers, do you think you know what your employees want from you? If you do, you may actually be in for a surprise. In this week’s HR vlog I talk about one of our most shared and popular infographics: What Employees Really Want From Employers. If you think the number one thing your employees want is a raise, think again! In fact, what employees want most is… Well, watch the vlog and see for yourself. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

War For Talent Rages On #Infographic

war for talent

We have been mentioning it a good deal recently here on Spark Hire, but we’re not the only ones that have been noticing it! The war for talent is back on, and companies need to focus on retaining their current employee base before they think about hiring more. As of November 2012, the unemployment rate is at 8.6 percent. It’s still not the best, but it’s a slight improvement. In fact, according to this infographic below from, 31 percent of executive employees are thinking of leaving their organization in 2012. That’s pretty close to half and should signal an Continue reading

A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way #Infographic

In light of Thanksgiving, we thought it would be a good idea to really drive the idea of employee appreciation home. On Thanksgiving day, we talked about how you can make your employees feel appreciated in a simple and cost-effective way. To expand upon that we came across this infographic from Kudos and that shows how a little thanks can go a long way. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Employee Appreciation During Thanksgiving Season

Although most are out of the office this Thanksgiving, the holiday season is upon us and the time for giving and appreciating should carry on far longer than just Thanksgiving day. As employers you know that your employees are what make your company and without them you would not have a company at all- just ideas and ambitions. It’s your employees that carry out most of those ideas and goals you have for your company, so don’t you think they deserve a little appreciation this Thanksgiving? Of course, employee appreciation should happen all the time in your office in order Continue reading

Importance of Employee Appreciation #Infographic


We have been hitting employee appreciation pretty hard lately here at Spark Hire. Clearly it’s an important part of business and being a business leader, but also because feeling appreciated is what matters most to the majority of employees out there. In fact, if you look at what employees want from their employers, feeling appreciated and having their work recognized takes precedence over higher wages. In light of this fact, we thought it interesting to delve a little deeper into employee appreciation by taking a look at this infographic. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a Continue reading

Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover

It’s blatantly clear that the job market of today is very different than the job market of years past. In the past, it was normal for an employee to stay with the same company their entire career. They would start from the bottom and over the years gradually work their way up the ladder. It wasn’t uncommon to hear that there were employees that had been with a company for 20 years or more. Today, it’s much more common to see job hoppers running around the market and within their industry searching for the company that fits them best. The Continue reading

How to Make Employees Feel Appreciated

Incentives for employees seems to be a big trend these days. Companies don’t want to lose their most talented employees, so in order to keep them happy and satisfied, they go to very great lengths to make sure they don’t. Just last week Spark News discussed in an infographic the companies that do the most for their employees. Think: full concierge service, on-site laundry, free food, unlimited vacation days and access to a full company gym are just a few to name. These are all great incentives to keep employees happy, but what is it that employees really want? It Continue reading