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The Key to Employee Motivation: Recognition & Praise

There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise.  - Mary Kay Ash There’s a big difference between getting people to come to work and getting them to do their best work. While money and other forms of compensation are important, employees have been telling us for years what really motivates them to perform at higher levels is recognition and a reward for a job well done.
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Lessons from the Field: Qualbe's 8 Points to Consider When Playing MiniGames

MiniGames™ are a fun, engaging way to correct a weakness or pursue an opportunity in your business.  They get teams focused on the same goal and moving in the right direction, while also reinforcing business education, building teamwork, and creating a culture of winning. Great Game practitioner Qualbe Marketing Group started playing MiniGames two years ago, and their award-winning team has experienced impressive operational and cultural improvements as a result.    Qualbe, a digital marketing, sales and technology firm based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is the home of the national 1Dental brand, a top dental insurance alternative. They credit the principles of the Great Game of Business with helping them achieve their goal of outstanding organizational growth.  Along the way, their MiniGame successes and challenges have provided them with several practical lessons from the field any Great Game practitioner can benefit from.
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6 Easy Ways to Reward & Recognize your Employees

When you hear the words “cheap and easy”, you might not automatically think of rewarding and recognizing the folks on your team. However, that’s exactly what your employee recognition program should be: an affordable, habitual pattern. While there is value to an occasional blow-out celebration, your employees will feel just as appreciated with frequent, small reminders that they are important. Take a look at some of these super-simple ways to show appreciation to your employees.
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Our 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation

  In over 35 years practicing The Great Game of Business at SRC, as well as three decades helping thousands of companies implement The Game in their own companies, we have determined the fastest, most efficient and most reliable path to rapid financial results and lasting cultural change follows a set process.  We honed and developed that 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation to guide companies implementing The Great Game of Business in their organizations. 
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Creating a Recognition Culture: Best Practices

Aug 9, 2017 by Donna Coppock 0 Comments
  A strong corporate recognition culture not only inspires and motivates employees, it also attracts and retains top talent—a win for the company and a win for the employee. There’s nothing we like better at The Great Game of Business®!
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10 Easy Ways to Express Appreciation to Almost Anyone

Sep 15, 2016 by Donna Coppock 0 Comments
    Individuals in the workplace need to feel appreciated in order to enjoy their job, do their best work, have positive work relationships and stay with their organization long-term. The key ingredient in meaningful, significant, effective appreciation is individualization—expressing appreciation in the recipient’s preferred “language”. Varying the ways you communicate appreciation will improve your chances of hitting the mark!
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Rewards That Will Strike Out With Your Team

Oct 29, 2015 by Dave Scholten 0 Comments
  Rewards are essential to The Great Game of Business®. So much so that we should begin with its definition. Reward: To make a gift of something to someone in recognition of his or her services, efforts or achievements. Reward systems recognize staff members who excel in areas, such as customer service, loyalty and sales ability. There are many reasons to begin a reward system, for example:
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Four Ways to Reward Employees Beyond Cash

Employees want a good salary and other financial rewards, but non-financial incentives and rewards may be just as important – sometimes more so – in encouraging employees to give their best effort. Through the years, open-book companies like New Belgium Brewing (a craft brewery located in Fort Collins, CO) and Tasty Catering (a full-service caterer out of Chicago, IL) have learned how to best incentivize employees in non-financial, meaningful ways.
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3 Workplace Recognition Opportunities You Might Be Overlooking

Jul 30, 2015 by Frank Smith 0 Comments
The top three reasons people leave their jobs are these: lack of clear expectations, lack of recognition and lack of supervisor’s willingness to listen to them. Even if you don’t believe the numbers you hear, I believe we can all agree that the cost of replacing an employee is significant. In fact, it costs you anywhere between 2 and 4 times that employee’s salary. Needless to say, it is in most people’s best interest (at least financially) to decrease turnover.
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Non-Monetary Ways to Effectively Motivate Your Team

If you’ve seen any of the recent research on what motivates employees in the workplace, you’ll run across several repeating items, such as “having the ability to make an impact,” “recognition for a job well done” and “the opportunity to progress in the company.” A motivating and engaging workforce is one way to ensure that you have a team committed to driving the success of your company.
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8 Awesome MiniGame Ideas Generated by Practitioners

By definition, a MiniGame is a short-term activity designed to correct a weakness or pursue an opportunity in the company. MiniGames are designed to be fun and engaging. Like most games, they should have a goal, a timeframe for play, a scoreboard, and a reward for winning. MiniGames also have a theme that energizes the players and propels the game overall.
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Part 5: The Coolest Employee Engagement Infographics Around

During our journey to share the coolest employee engagement infographics around, we've shared research detailing the impact of engaged (and disengaged) employees along with the best-practices for engage employees at all levels of the company. Incentive programs, workplace perks and unique rewards are often seen as best-practice for employers. Check out the infographic below to learn if these workplace incentives are really what keeps the talent around.
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About The Great Game of Business

Our approach to running a company was developed to help close one of the biggest gaps in business: the gap between managers and employees. We call our open-book approach The Great Game of Business. What lies at the heart of The Game is a very simple proposition: The best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to give everybody in the company a voice in saying how the company is run and a stake in the outcome. Let us teach you how to develop a culture of ownership, where employees think, act and feel like owners.