I'm here in Orlando for the 2nd WorkHuman Conference (subtitled Even More Work and Even More Human). Here are some quick takeaways from this morning's festivities:
The production has been top-notch
As somehow who has been involved in the planning of the WI SHRM State Conference for the past 10 years, I know the trials and tribulations of putting on a show. They have done a magnificent job of being on brand, with quality facilities, good food, and stellar graphics for the presentation. Even small touches have stood out, from a cookie/donut wall and coloring charts and tables, to fruit infused water and a holistic approach to the schedule.
Shawn Achor highlighted the importance of happiness
I had seen Shawn Achor speak before, and he continued to enrapture the audience in the ease with which he translated research into easy to understand practice. According to Achor, it’s “the joy you feel striving toward your potential.” This potential extends beyond yourself to unlocking the potential in others. As a result, the breadth and depth of social relationships are crucial to one's happiness.
We are still striving for answers when it comes to performance, recognition, and compensation
As Eric Mosley noted, clearly annual performance reviews are not working. Similarly, lump sum bonuses given once have a short impact; less than six weeks. And, compensation budgets for recognition continue to be tiny. However, I'm not convinced more frequent, smaller bonuses are necessarily better. Do $50 bonuses given 100 times over the year create more sustained motivation than a single $5000 bonus given once? Does the 25th time one is awarded that $50 bonus have the same impact as the first, or are there diminishing marginal returns?