RecogNation: An Employee Recognition Blog

Why Are People with Soft Skills so Hard to Find?

I'm old. Relatively speaking, anyway; and definitely speaking compared to the majority of my co-workers. I didn't get a cell phone until late 2005 and I wrote most of my college term papers on a typewriter—and, even though I've come a long way in the hipness department, I am still fairly traditional when it comes to my workplace values. So, you can imagine my discomfort in being surrounded by an entire subset of people who share few or none of my old-school viewpoints. (Not to mention that no one ever gets any of my Brady Bunch references!)     

The good news is, I've been able to adapt to (or, in some cases, cope with) the ways of the Millennials, and I have become a lot more tech savvy and trend aware than I would be if I'd stayed inside my shack and yelled at the kids to get off my lawn. So to speak. I think they may have picked up a few of my tricks as well, which means we have a good ol' win-win situation on our hands!  

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We Will Never Forget.

Please join us as we pause today, September 11, 2014, to remember the thousands of men and women who were taken from us 13 years ago. We remember their families and friends. We remember the heroes who stepped up to take action and help. We remember our military, continuing to fight for our freedom and safety every day. We remember. We will never forget.

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Don't Sweep International Housekeeping Week Under the Rug!

When you step into your hotel room and examine the fresh, clean sheets, towels, and spotless room, do you ever think about the person or people who were behind it all? Housekeepers oftentimes work 12- hour days, get up early, and/or stay at work late to make sure that you're living in a clean and healthy environment. Housekeepers aren't only employed by hotels, they work at hospitals, universities, businesses and, if you're lucky, you have one for your own home.  These hard-working individuals are definitely in need of some recognition! Luckily, they have a whole week dedicated to them! International Housekeeping Week is celebrated on the week of September 14-20.

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It’s National Assisted Living Week!

Happy Assisted Living Week! Since its official start in 1995, senior living communities throughout the U.S. are celebrating National Assisted Living this week, September 7-13! Many are hosting cookouts, talent shows, and other activities to recognize and appreciate those professionals who work day in and day out to provide the best conditions for those living in these communities. What a fun way to celebrate being a part of their community! It also makes for a great time if you are visiting assisted living facilities.

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Celebrate Substitute Teacher Week!

What comes to mind when you think about substitute teachers? For me, spitballs, goofing off, movies, and shenanigans top the list. Sure, these may be cliché, but there is truth to the fact that substitute teachers walk in to less than "controlled" environments all across the nation on a daily basis. It's not easy. And just when they're starting to build a foundation of respect and rapport, they get called in for another assignment.

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