More and more districts are asking me about non-monetary awards. Why? There's a growing belief that not only would many educators prefer rewards other than cash, but that non-monetary awards are actually "free" or "cheaper" in comparison to bonuses. What are the differences between the two types of rewards and which are more attractive to educators? Let's explore... What are monetary awards? Monetary awards are just that...money. Some people are motivated by money or would simply prefer to be rewarded with a cash bonus for a job well done. This isn't a bad thing. In education, there is an ...


Image: worradmu / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Are YOU motivated by money or making a difference? In follow up to my previous post, What (REALLY) Motivates People, we learned that responses may vary depending on your career, family and financial situation, and many other factors. Or, maybe there are other things that drive you to perform in your job. I frequently hear from educators that they entered the profession to make a difference. I believe the majority of teachers are driven to help kids. In fact, I shared in a recent blog that I too desired to be a teacher when I was ...


It is important for talent managers to examine and discuss the underlying motivational and incentive theories connected to human behavior, management, and leadership. For centuries, psychologists have observed humans to understand why they do the things they do. Human resource professionals often look at sets of motivational theories in hopes of understanding past behavior as well as predicting future behavior. There can be many things that motivate a person. Think through these questions to discover what motivates YOU: • What you value - Family? Work? Making a difference? Health? Wealth? Education? Mobility? Culture? Rights? Work-Life Balance? Performance? Continuous personal improvement? Reputation?...


When I was growing up, my parents did everything they could to ensure I had a good education. They chose the places we lived in Ohio and Kentucky with the main goal of getting my siblings and I into great schools. My mom and dad also placed a strong focus on literature, math, science, technology, athletics, art, and most importantly, creativity. My parents were highly involved and for that I am grateful. In addition to my parent's efforts, I was fortunate to have incredible teachers in my early years of school. After having two fantastic, creative third grade teachers, Mrs. ...


As a talent manager, what type of staff would you prefer? A. Satisfied B. Engaged C. Loyal I would choose "D. All of the Above." Here's why. The majority of employee satisfaction surveys and programs look to measure a person's happiness with their job. Essentially, are the expectations of employees being met? While engaged staff are people who feel invested in their work and look to grow themselves or others. It was once thought that employee satisfaction was the goal. Then, organizations began to realize that even though an employee is satisfied with their job, it does not automatically translate ...


This entry was written in collaboration with Battelle for Kids' Strategic Communications team. Effective change leadership is essential to implementing any educational-improvement initiative. However, many districts and states struggle with how to effectively communicate, build support for change, and engage various stakeholders or customers. Talent managers play an important role in the change process, from selecting and onboarding new employees to communicating new programs or services to staff to promoting cultural changes within an organization. Image: KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net The following are six lessons learned related to effective communications, change leadership, and stakeholder engagement as critical components of educational improvement: ...


Today, MetLife released findings from their 2011 Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy, which was conducted between October and November in partnership with Harris Interactive. It is the 28th version of the annual survey that reports on the satisfaction and perceptions of parents, teachers, and students across the U.S. Questions focus on everything from job satisfaction to perceptions of economic issues and parental involvement. (Image: Cover of MetLife Report from the MetLife Foundation website) More than 1,000 teachers, 947 students, and 1,086 parents participated in the survey. Of note, 58 percent of respondents ...


Ten days ago, I published a blog on workplace violence after reading about a shooting in Long Beach, California between two employees at the local Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. My intent was not to scare readers, but instead raise awareness that all organizations, particularly school districts, need to be prepared should such an incident occur. I mention this as planning could literally save lives. Our nation has seen far too many violent events in schools over the past several years, including student on student violence, parent on board violence, and teacher on teacher violence. No school-big or small, rural, ...


Over the past decade, there has been a growing national focus on bullying in schools with several states and districts implementing policies to address violence, verbal abuse, and intimidation between students. Sadly, we've not yet ventured away from the playground to investigate another group of bullies: ADULTS. Workplace bullying is a serious issue. A bully could be a coworker, your boss, a hired consultant, or even someone who reports to you. Feeling uncomfortable at work or receiving demeaning comments like, "This is really complicated stuff, you wouldn't understand it!" are never ok. So what do bullies look like? What do ...


I recently had a friend come to me for help finding a job. As an HR person, I frequently get this question from friends, friends of friends, past classmates on LinkedIn, people on Twitter, and others. I am always honored when people ask for help. We all know that there are many workers looking for jobs right now and that finding one isn't easy. Here are six things to keep in mind when hunting for a job: 1. Looking for a job should be your full-time job. Most jobs don't just fall into people's laps. You always have to be ...


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