How Do You Appreciate? 3 Books Share Strategies to Spark Appreciation

By Desda Moss Mar 11, 2015
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For many companies, Employee Appreciation Day doesn't just happen once a year.  These businesses focus on supporting their employees by giving them opportunities to learn and grow, to have an impact on the business, and to expect great service from their HR team. It’s no surprise that appreciation has a strong connection to job satisfaction and employee engagement. After all, who doesn’t want to be appreciated?

These three books offer real-life examples of how companies of all sizes can show appreciation to employees every day.

1. The ACE Advantage: How Smart Companies Unleash Talent for Optimal Performance
By William A. Schiemann
This book posits that the most effective way to conquer competitive challenges is to optimize every resource, including human capital. Based on interviews with executives from organizations around the globe, The ACE Advantage urges leaders to focus on the big picture when it comes to talent. Is your organization bringing in, developing, and retaining the right talent? Is it sourcing talent strategically? Is it developing leaders effectively? Does it measure talent optimization and improve areas where performance is not optimal? It is these three factors—Alignment, Capabilities and Engagement (ACE) that form the framework for realizing the greatest value from human resources.

2. Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad: Breakthrough Ideas for Keeping Your Best Workers
By Richard P. Finnegan
Employee retention strategies outlined in this practical guide are based on research, rather than instincts. The book offers a top-to-bottom, organization-wide action plan designed to help organizations hold on to their best employees by putting in place the right processes at the right time. Finnegan offers advice for companies of all sizes about ways to improve retention that go beyond t-shirts, mugs and pizza parties. This book is approved for SHRM recertification credit.

3. From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations
By Christine V. Walters
A perennial favorite since it was first published in 2011, this book asks human resource professionals to set the right tone at the beginning of the employment relationship, not, as many employers tend to do, as it nears its end. From Hello to Goodbye is filled with insights that cover a multitude of issues commonly experienced in the workplace. Each chapter closes with practical tips that can be used to update your company’s policies, practices and procedures. This book is approved for SHRM recertification credit.

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