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Give Me a High 5!

by Falon
17. April 2014 15:18
Falon

Today, April 17, 2014, is National High Five Day. When I think about high fives, the first thing that comes to mind is my three little boys at home.hi5My youngest is 2 years old, and one of the first celebratory actions he learned (as did my two older boys) was giving a high five. We give high fives for many reasons…

 

…to say great job!
…to say you rock!
…to say I like you.
…to celebrate.

…to say good game.
…to congratulate.
…to motivate. 

The fun and energy that comes from this universal action is contagious and it brings a smile to the high five giver and the high five receiver. Go ahead and YouTube epic high fives – you can't help but get excited. 

So, close your eyes and imagine I am giving you a virtual high five…

And, while you're at it, don't forget to check out our service awards solution, hi5 Recognition . It embodies the spirit of a high five – it's motivating, celebratory, fun, full of energy, and it is guaranteed to make you, and more importantly, your team, smile! Schedule and complete a demo of our Service Awards Program Solution and you'll receive our $25 Award Card for FREE! Happy National High Five Day!


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As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the 'ville has to offer. She's seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she's talking about, we're pretty sure that's why. When she's not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she's been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

Can We Talk About Your Managers?

by Allison
17. April 2014 09:45
Allison

"Why? What's wrong with our managers?," you might wonder out loud. Well, there may be nothing, but there may be something and if there is something that something could spell trouble. Are you having increased turnover in a particular area? Or lower performance than you're expecting? Is there a vibe of discontent bubbling under the surface? Any of these could indicate an issue with your middle or high-level leadership.

We're learning that managers hold in their power your company's ability to engage and retain your employees—the good ones elevate, the not so good ones eradicate.

Delve into this issue of RecogNation's article: Leadership. Are Your Managers Leading the Charge? Or Leading You to Ruin? to learn more!

 



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Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for five years and has worked in a variety of business settings for 20 years. Before becoming a professional writer 13 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!

 

Celebrate the People Who Make the Office Go Round!

by Krista
16. April 2014 09:17
Krista

My Mother has been an Administrative Professional for nearly 30 years. Let me tell you, having lived with someone who is in charge of making sure an entire office runs smoothly has given me a special kind of appreciation for Administrative Professionals.

They are oftentimes in charge of scheduling, payroll, and answering phones, and are constantly being interrupted by fellow employees who have questions for them or another task to add to their never-ending to-do list. I am getting stressed out just thinking about it!

Their job is to make sure everyone else's job goes more smoothly while theirs is constant chaos. Administrative Professional's Week (April 20-26) and Administrative Professional's Day (April 23) should not pass by without recognizing these people that do so much for everyone at the office!

Here are 3 ways to recognize your hard working Administrative Professionals!

1.) Say thank you. Leave them a note on their desk or send an ePraise to thank them for something they have done recently to make your job just a little bit easier!

2.) Give a gift. Have everyone pitch in a few bucks to get your hard working Admin. Professional a gift card to their favorite store. Or have a small gift waiting for them every morning when they arrive to the office. We have plenty of gifts under $5 that your Admin. Professionals are sure to love!

3.) Treat them to lunch. Who doesn't love free lunch? Let them kick their feet up (not literally) and enjoy a long lunch break with a meal on you! This will give you an opportunity to thank them personally for all of their hard work and dedication!

Now, we don't think you should only be celebrating your Admin. Professionals one time a year. However, with Administrative Professional's Week right around the corner, why not use this time to tell your Administrative Professionals how much their hard work means to you!

 

Desk Space


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Krista is the 'ville's Web Marketing Coordinator. She came to us in 2012 as part of our stellar Sales team. Using her experience with Baudville customers, she helps create an online experience we're sure you will enjoy! Being the chatterbox she is, she truly misses talking with all of you so don't be shy and drop her a line!

 

April 13-19 is National Library Week!

by Allison
14. April 2014 08:48
Allison

On the first day of the month, I saw a post in my newsfeed that said our main Grand Rapids Public Library would be closing permanently. My heart sank as I thought of that beautiful, iconic structure becoming obsolete—the place where I spent hours researching in college, the place where I tutored my ESL student every Monday night, the place that welcomed one and all to come through its doors to explore and learn. :sigh:

Thank goodness, it was later revealed to be an April Fool's Day joke! Not funny, I thought. But, I also thought: I hope it startled many people into remembering how important this free resource is to our community, and that it raised awareness that without public support, this joke could be a reality. Library Week

In the immortal words of Carl Sagan: 

"Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries." -Carl Sagan, Cosmos

With that in mind, what can you do to support your local library—during National Library Week, or any day of the year?

Volunteer. Libraries rely on the generous time of their volunteers. If you have some extra time, consider giving it to help a library in your community. 

Pass on Your Used Books. Some libraries have more than enough, while others are in need of more books for their shelves. Find out it you have a needy library in your area and pack up those old books that are taking up space in your basement!

Make a Financial Donation. Money talks, friends. And charitable donations make great tax deductions (so I learned this year—cha-ching!).

Say Thank You. If my other ideas are a little more than you had in mind, at least say thank you to your local library for all they do to enrich your neighborhood. We have free ePraise cards for doing just that!


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Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for five years and has worked in a variety of business settings for 20 years. Before becoming a professional writer 13 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!

Can We Talk About What You’ve Been Sharing?

by Allison
11. April 2014 09:40
Allison

Last fall, a couple of co-workers and I were charged with researching trends that are emerging in human behavior and, specifically, in consumerism—you know, so we can continue to bring you the most relevant and meaningful products and resources.

That research ended up being incredibly useful in writing the latest issue of RecogNation. Those same trends that impact how people shop also influence the way that they interact, respond, and perform at work. Hmmm…super-interesting stuff for a big information nerd like me!

One trend that stuck with me is our increasing need for transparency. This is a product, in part, of the way we share (or over-share) on social media, but also because so much information is a click away from knowing. The more we know, the more we want to know: what's in our food, where our tax dollars really go, and what's going on behind that meeting room door... And that's not a bad thing, but it is a new(er) thing. It's something that, if you're a company that's interested in providing a satisfying place to work, you need to be thinking about.

Curious where this is going? Click here to read our RecogNation Article on Transparency.

 

Transparency

 

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Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for five years and has worked in a variety of business settings for 20 years. Before becoming a professional writer 13 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!

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