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Six Employee Recognition Lessons from SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 17 Feb 2015

I grew up on Saturday Night Live. I was thirteen when it first premiered, and it had a huge influence on my comedic sensibilities growing up. So watching Sunday night’s mega-special was not only fun, but hugely nostalgic for me. It was also a good reminder of what great organizations do when it comes to celebrating success and recognizing employees. Here are just a few of the reminders from SNL’s 40th anniversary special:

1. Celebrate your significant milestones. Obviously that was the entire reason for the Saturday Night Live special – to pay tribute to their 40th year on air. So what are you doing to recognize the significant milestones in your organization? Celebrating your anniversary doesn’t just give everyone a reason to feel good, it pays tribute to your heritage and helps keep your stories alive. It can boost pride in your legacy and help your employees remember where you came from.

Signs You are Faking Your Workplace Culture!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 29 Sep 2013

– By Kelly Batke, Director of Marketing, Jostle Corporation,

You can fake a lot of things in this era, but strong workplace culture is not one of them.

Sadly there are a lot of companies out there ‘faking’ happy work environments. They loudly claim to have the best places to work but secretly the employees are unhappy and writing negative comments to employer review websites.

This level of desperation isn’t really much of a surprise considering how much emphasis has been put on culture these days.  We read stories about companies like Zappos and we can’t help but to aspire to that, as we should. But it isn’t going to happen overnight, and it isn’t something that can be faked.

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