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  • Writer's pictureDr. Neal Nybo

Give your employees want they want most (it’s not more money)

I won’t drag this out but before I tell you what the number one thing is, which of these do you think it might be?

Higher pay






Recognition is what employees say they want most.

Recognition is the number one thing employees say their manager could give them to inspire them to produce great work.

Global studies prove that when it comes to inspiring people to be their best at work, nothing else comes close—not even higher pay, promotion, autonomy or training.

When we hear the word recognition, many of us think of expensive incentive plans or complicated rewards systems. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with programs like bonusly or motivosity. Many companies and employees benefit from these structured, trackable processes.

If you want something simple that you and other managers and supervisors can do on a daily basis, keep reading.


How to get started with positivity in your organization

A couple years ago, my writing partner, Nicole Phillips, and I turned our passions and interests in kindness toward companies and organizations. We combed through hundreds of suggestions and best practices we have received and developed during our speaking and coaching careers. We settled on 30 micro-actions of kindness any of us can do. These are actions so small they will fit into any busy manager or supervisor’s schedule. Some are self-reflective, some have instant impact on others and some are just fun. We collected them along with stories and data to support them. Then, we created personal worksheets for each micro-action. We took all of that and put it into an oversized guide and workbook called Workplace Positivity.

Workplace Positivity

Nicole and I devote much of our time to training management teams and leaders to eliminate negativity by personally practicing some of these micro-actions of kindness. These aren’t sleepy mandatory sessions. We bring the vibrant joy that comes with sharing kindness. We have more stories, more insights, and more micro-actions than any company, organization, or team can possibly use.

Every story, insight and action we share with your team will multiply until you are sharing and overflowing with your own.

Either of us, or both of us, will be happy to work with you to create a customized training and presentation for you weekly staff meeting, quarterly training event, or annual conference. We have presentations from an hour to multiple days.

Now it’s your turn.

In the comments, tell me your #1 takeaway from this post and how you plan to use it in your workplace?

Want more? Click here for a free excerpt from Workplace Positivity with three micro-actions.

Workplace Positivity is available on Amazon.

For a free excerpt or to learn more about the work I am doing, go to

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Shell Hatlelid Cowper-Smith
Shell Hatlelid Cowper-Smith
Jun 22, 2021

I believe one of the human needs we have it to feel seen. The acts of kindness in your workbook give us creative ways to see others. Nicole and Neal - we want more! Keep writing.

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