Lydia Stevens

Lydia Stevens

Lydia is Preciate's Digital Marketing Manager. She works remotely from Colorado, enjoying the beautiful mountains on the weekends and creating new content for Preciate during the week.

Recent posts by Lydia Stevens

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6 Keys to Employee Engagement Survey Results

By Lydia Stevens on January 29, 2020

Employee engagement is an increasingly important metric for companies of all sizes to track throughout their lifetime. From employee satisfaction and happiness to retention and productivity, there are a huge number of benefits correlated to improving the level of employee engagement.

Topics: Employee Happiness Employee Engagement Leadership Employee Engagement Software
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What Exactly is Employee Engagement?

By Lydia Stevens on December 9, 2019

Employee engagement has been getting a lot of attention recently. From the well-known Gallup survey to articles in Forbes and beyond, it's a topic that has infiltrated the world of business. And for good reason, too.

Engaged employees have been shown to perform better, be less likely to quit, and be happier and more motivated. For companies, this translates into higher profitability with the same number of employees. It's a win-win.

Topics: Employee Recognition Employee Engagement Relationships Company Culture
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5 Ways to Encourage Discretionary Effort

By Lydia Stevens on November 25, 2019

Whenever the topic of employee engagement and performance comes up, it isn't long before people start talking about the concept of discretionary effort. A truly engaged employee will put in discretionary effort when it comes to their career.

But what does discretionary effort mean? Discretionary effort refers to the amount of additional effort, beyond what is already expected, that an employee is willing to put in to their work.

Topics: Employee Engagement Leadership Employee Motivation Employee Appreciation Employee Engagement Software
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4 Benefits of Peer-to-Peer Recognition in the Workplace

By Lydia Stevens on November 11, 2019

Depending on where you work, the attitude towards recognition programs and employee engagement can range significantly. While some company leaders continue to believe that simply paying their employees is enough, a steady stream of modern research says otherwise. Rather than financial incentives, it's appreciation and the intrinsic motivation that comes from it that leads to optimal employee engagement and performance.

Let's jump into four of the most impactful benefits of peer-to-peer appreciation and what you can do to start getting those benefits today!

Topics: Employee Recognition Employee Engagement Employee Recognition Software Employee Engagement Software
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3 Reasons Why Workplace Recognition Promotes Diversity and Inclusion

By Lydia Stevens on October 29, 2019

With the frequency that we hear the terms "diversity" and "inclusion" today, it's fair to say these concepts have made their way into mainstream conversation. No longer confined to the Human Resources department, workplace diversity and inclusion are becoming key topics when discussing an overarching business strategy.

Topics: Employee Recognition Company Culture Diversity and Inclusion
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Recognition: The Secret Ingredient for Confidence and Ultimate Success

By Lydia Stevens on July 31, 2019

Whether you're a business leader, student, or mid-level employee, you probably want to feel confident and be successful. Generally, leaders are already fairly confident and are trying to encourage their teams so they feel more self-assured. On the other hand, many individuals still grapple with a lack of self-confidence.

No matter who you are, understanding the connection between recognition and confidence will help you find success. 

Topics: Employee Happiness Employee Recognition Company Culture Human Behavior
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Why Financial Employee Incentive Programs Can Reduce Motivation

By Lydia Stevens on July 8, 2019

Whether it be in the office or at school, people tend to think financial incentives would make them and their team work harder. If only they could get paid directly for putting in that extra effort, and perhaps their overall motivation and performance would improve as a result. And sometimes, especially when the reward is big enough, that is what happens. The opportunity to earn more money for improved performance presents itself, and thus, performance improves.

Topics: Employee Happiness Employee Recognition Human Behavior Employee Motivation
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Public Praise vs. Private Pay

By Lydia Stevens on June 4, 2019

In the American workplace, there’s a traditional idea that the best way to praise an employee is strictly through financial rewards - employees receive a regular paycheck, what more could they need? It can even go so far as to say employees who receive recognition in the form of written or oral praise will get “soft” overtime. 

Topics: Recognition Employee Happiness Future of Work Employee Recognition Employee Health
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Why Office Perks Aren’t the Solution for Disengaged Employees

By Lydia Stevens on May 28, 2019

For young people searching for jobs today, it’s almost impossible to avoid companies trying to lure them in with office perks like game rooms, massage chairs, and yoga classes. And all these things sound fantastic, especially when you’re fresh out of college dorms, where forty people are sharing three showers and you can hear your next-door neighbor snoring through the wall.

Silicon Valley is particularly notorious for providing employees with a swath of benefits and perks from free meals and snacks every day to in-house barber shops and dental offices. Companies like Facebook and Google draw in thousands of new employees, largely by offering an array of perks that appeal to the generations who have come to expect convenience and comfort.

Topics: Recognition Employee Happiness Future of Work Employee Recognition Employee Health
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Instant Gratification and Reward Systems

By Lydia Stevens on May 23, 2019

Younger generations tend to receive a fair amount of criticism for their obsessions with instant-gratification-based systems like social media and video games. There’s this idea that somehow, older generations were wired to be more patient while technology has fundamentally corrupted the young mind beyond repair. 

Topics: Recognition Employee Happiness Future of Work Employee Recognition Employee Health