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Lydia Stevens

Lydia is the Digital Marketing Manager at Preciate. A recent college graduate, she brings youthful Gen Z energy to the team while working towards our company vision of bringing the recognition and relationship-building experience to as many people as possible.

Recent Posts

What Exactly is Employee Engagement?

December 9, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Relationships, Company Culture

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.

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5 Ways to Encourage Discretionary Effort

November 25, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Employee Engagement, Leadership, Employee Motivation, Employee Appreciation, Employee Engagement Software

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.

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4 Benefits of Peer-to-Peer Recognition in the Workplace

November 11, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Software, Employee Engagement Software

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!

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3 Reasons Why Workplace Recognition Promotes Diversity and Inclusion

October 29, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Employee Recognition, Company Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

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.

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Recognition: The Secret Ingredient for Confidence and Ultimate Success

July 31, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Employee Happiness, Employee Recognition, Company Culture, Human Behavior

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. 

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Why Financial Employee Incentive Programs Can Reduce Motivation

July 8, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Employee Happiness, Employee Recognition, Human Behavior, Employee Motivation

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.

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Public Praise vs. Private Pay

June 4, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Recognition, Employee Happiness, Future of Work, Employee Recognition, Employee Health

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. 

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Why Office Perks Aren’t the Solution for Disengaged Employees

May 28, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Recognition, Employee Happiness, Future of Work, Employee Recognition, Employee Health

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.

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Instant Gratification and Reward Systems

May 23, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Recognition, Employee Happiness, Future of Work, Employee Recognition, Employee Health

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. 

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Building Trust in the Workplace by Improving Employee Well-Being

May 21, 2019 / by Lydia Stevens posted in Employee Happiness, Employee Recognition, Employee Health, Workplace Relationships

Most of us are familiar with differing priorities among departments in an office and how that can impact the inner workings of a company. While management is more focused on developing practices that increase productivity and profit, Human Resources is often dedicated to employee well-being. Michael and Toby’s tumultuous relationship in the hit TV sitcom The Office demonstrates this dichotomy perfectly; it’s one we have seen time and again. 

It isn’t without reason that this parody exists. Oftentimes, new managerial practices can have trade-offs that are detrimental to certain aspects of employee well-being, whether it be psychological, physical, or social well-being. Rather than argue one set of priorities is more important than another, it’s more important to recognize that happiness, health, and human relationships are related, and their optimization leads to better overall outcomes for company success.

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