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The 15 most popular Love2shop Business blogs of 2019

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Through 2019 we’ve published plenty of blogs. News, opinions, guides, resources and more. We’ve put together the most popular blogs from 2019, all in one place in case you missed anything during the year.

Our biggest blogs of 2019

Rewards and incentives: how they’re different and how to use them

Read time: 5 minutes

“Incentives tempt employees to go the extra mile and push for crucial results. The rewards are what thanks employees for hard work, whether they’re linked to an incentive or not. This blog goes into more detail about the difference between the two, when you’d use them, and how employee recognition fits into the mix.”

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Everything you need to know about social recognition in five minutes

Read time: 5 minutes

“Having a coherent understanding of social recognition, and employee recognition, isn’t negotiable any more. Your leaders need it. This blog outlines the basics of social recognition. Get to grips with the idea in just five minutes.”

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Service awards should start at one year. Here’s why:

Read time: 3 minutes

service awards should start at year one“Service awards are something we always advocate for. But most companies leave it a few years to get them started. We see our clients waiting until an employee has five, ten or even 20 years of service before they start recognising their staff. In our opinion, that’s far too late.”

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Seven easy tricks to improve employee long service awards

Read time: 8 minutes

“Whether you have no formal long service award scheme, or you have a feeling your scheme is lagging behind, you’re in the right place. Read this blog and get a grip on how to schedule, structure and fulfil your employee long service awards.”

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How about colleague of the month instead of employee of the month?

Read time: 5 minutes

“A lot of you want an employee of the month scheme. We’ve got the blog traffic on Google Analytics to prove it. While we’re always happy to help our clients set one up, we’ve actually have been wondering if you should be searching for colleague of the month schemes instead.”

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A useful employee engagement definition in plain English

Read time: 5 minutes

“An employee engagement definition can get complicated. As complicated as someone wants it to be, really. It’s the kind of concept that becomes nebulous and hard to pin down once someone dresses it up too much. We’ve got a simple, workable employee engagement definition. And a bit of detail on why a simple definition matters.”

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Eight sales promotion ideas you need to steal

Read time: 5 minutes

“Stand-out sales promotion ideas change the game for consumer-facing businesses. You, like any business, are locked in the endless struggle to secure fresh sales. No matter what else you do as a business, you’ll eventually live and die on actually making some sales.”

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The best guide to understanding employee rewards you can read in 10 minutes

Read time: 10 minutes

get a grip on employee rewards without hitting the books“Employee rewards are vital to your employee recognition and benefit mix. Getting the most from your rewards means getting to grips with the basics of using them. Enjoy the full rundown on what you need to know about employee rewards. In this blog, we cover the what, why, when and how fundamentals of rewards.”

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Everyone forgets one important thing about plastic gift cards

Read time: 4 minutes

plastic gift cards can be reloadable“Plastic gift cards can be reloadable! We want to banish the idea that plastic gift cards are single-use, disposable products. We stock reloadable gift cards that offer real long-term value. Reloading takes a one-off gift and turns it into a reward mechanism that works for years.”

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How to write a simple employee recognition letter to thank and congratulate your staff

Read time: 4 minutes

“An employee recognition letter is a powerful tool for expressing your gratitude for staff. Taking the time and effort to put one together goes a lot further than just a hasty “thank you”. Follow our simple guide, and you’ll knock it out of the park.”

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Fourteen effective ways to improve staff retention and slash your recruitment budget

Read time: 10 minutes

“The stats show that employee turnover is a giant financial burden to the nation’s employers. In 2016 alone, one in seven UK employees resigned from a position. The good news is many problems that cause high turnover are avoidable. Start with the idea we lay out here.”

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You’re killing staff morale without even realising it, and we can explain how

Read time: 5 minutes

“Staff morale is an insidious crisis. As we’ve pointed out before, up to half of your staff are thinking about leaving. Keeping those employees in your business, and happy to be there, needs to be top priority. There are nine ways you could be destroying staff morale without even knowing you’re doing it.”

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How to ensure your employee recognition scheme is a success

Read time: 15 minutes

you absolutely have to know five things about employee recognition“Having constant flow of employee recognition is vital to productivity, engagement, morale and retention. You’re doomed if you ignore it while your competitors embrace it. This blog gives covers the fundamentals of what everyone, from middle management to CEOs, needs to know about employee recognition.”

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Your staff incentive scheme: What you wanted, and what you got instead

Read time: 5 minutes

“There’s a good chance you won’t get what you want from the scheme. It’s no reason to be downbeat, it happens a lot. What you expect to see from a scheme just isn’t always what it delivers. This article will jog you through what you wanted, what you got instead, and how you can improve in the future.”

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Rewarding employees: 6 times you should step in and break out the rewards

Read time: 3 minutes

“You have to capitalise on the moment to make rewarding employees count. The best time to be there with a reward is when the dopamine rush of achievement is still whizzing through your employee’s brains. Here are six occasions you need to be recognising and rewarding employees. There’s more to this than just hitting a sales target.”

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You could have had your say, too

Your writing could be on this list, if you’d have submitted a piece. The Love2shop Business blog is open to submissions from guests. Read more about what we’re looking for, and how you can help us out, here.