If you're playing your cards right, employees won’t only feel special today because it's 'Employee Appreciation Day.' Here are tips to extend it to the rest of the year as well. Today is Employee Appreciation Day, but the most successful organizations create and sustain a culture where employees are appreciated in tangible ways throughout the year.
 
This Valentine's Day, consider these simple, practical tips to make your leaders more lovable. Communication is at the core of the employee-supervisor relationship. Talent managers and leaders can help facilitate positive — if not loving — working relationships by building an honest, autonomous workplace culture. When employees feel appreciated, they are more engaged and productive, leading to better business results and a happier, healthier work environment. With fictional managers in movies such as “Horrible Bosses” wreaking havoc on employees, it’s no wonder bosses sometimes have bad reputations. But contrary to all the negative hype, leaders may not be receiving the love they deserve.
 
Employee recognition isn’t a fluffy concept. Here are five ways it can actually drive bottom line results. When done right, a recognition program can unite a workforce around the behaviors and values that drive business forward through positive reinforcement. Talent leaders can make values more than a plaque on the wall by relating them to employees’ day-to-day work through recognition. During the past decade, tactical approaches to recognition have been transformed into strategic initiatives by tying in elements of performance management and better aligning employees to a company’s core values and corporate goals.
 
Just know that you’re missing an opportunity to promote collaboration, connect with customers and improve employee performance. Companies that ban or limit social media use at work might want to rethink their strategy. Despite varying efforts to discourage employee social media use during working hours, 75 percent of employees report that they access the medium anyway from their personal mobile device, according to an October survey by HR technology company SilkRoad. What’s more, 60 percent of employees reported in the survey that they access social media via a personal mobile device multiple times a day. And the practice is only expected to grow with the proliferation of mobile devices.
 
Employers and politicians have at least one thing in common: trying to boost the engagement of others. After years of gearing up for Election Day — countless speeches, debates and promises — many voters are tired of it all and have become indifferent to the election process.This apathy affecting voters is actually not that dissimilar to that affecting employees in the workplace. Here are some of the most common issues that crop up along with tips on how to fix them. It’s imperative that employers and politicians alike don’t just stand on the sidelines and expect engagement to increase — they need to take a proactive stance.
 
Everyone needs time off to recharge, but many workers don’t relieve stress or else return from vacations more stressed. Don’t let this happen in your organization. Remember the good old days when people went on vacation and returned to work refreshed, relaxed, sometimes even a little tan? Today, when employees go on vacation, work goes along with them as an uninvited guest. Get this: 58 percent of workers receive no stress relief from their vacations, and 27.3 percent felt even more stressed after their vacations, according to a recent survey by leadership development and training firm Fierce Inc.