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Studies have shown that salary can just as easily de-motivate employees as motivate them.   In fact, salaries generally operate as negative reinforcement rather than positive.   For example, an employee receiving a lower than expected merit increase or bonus payment can certainly de-motivate.  On the flip side, receiving the status quo merit increase or bonus amount every year can create an entitlement mentality.  However, when it comes to motivating employees, salary is always one of the top factors, and therefore, it has to be part of your total rewards strategy.  

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Hilton Worldwide Saves $250 Million from Energy Efficiency in 4 Years
Since 2009, the hospitality company reduced energy use by 12.2 percent and carbon output by 12.8 percent. In the U.S., Hilton purchased more than 450 million kilowatt hours of renewable power through December 31, 2012 - enough to meet 94 percent of the annual electricity use in its owned hotels in the United States.
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Voters Reject Casino Plans For East Boston, Palmer
Casino supporters were dealt twin setbacks on Tuesday as voters in East Boston rejected a proposal by the Suffolk Downs race track and voters in Palmer narrowly defeated a bid by Mohegan Sun to build a resort casino in the western Massachusetts town.
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Atlantic Club Casino Hotel To File For Chapter 11, Go On The Auction Block
Atlantic City's Atlantic Club Casino Hotel intends to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, with an eye towards putting itself up for auction.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Veterans Day Reflections: 9 Lessons Healthcare Leaders Learned From the Military
Healthcare and the military might seem like different worlds, but many hospital and health system executives who started out in the armed forces have found some of the skills they learned in the service also apply to serving patients.
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What Will the Hospital of Tomorrow Look Like?
Today I write from Washington, D.C., where I'm attending the U.S. News & World Report's first Hospital of Tomorrow leadership forum. The theme of the forum, "Hospital of Tomorrow," has brought together health system and industry leaders to discuss just  that: What capabilities will be required of hospitals in a year, two years, ten years down the road to be successful?
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Administration To Issue Long-Awaited Mental Health Parity Regulations
Today, the Obama administration has indicated that it plans to release final regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).
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Senate Passes Workplace Discrimination Bill
       The bill, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
       or ENDA, would extend workplace protections to lesbian,
       gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The
       vote, which required only a simple majority for passage,
       was 64-32. Ten Republicans joined the chamber's
       Democrats in supporting the bill.
Want to Boost Retention? Adopt an Early Recognition Strategy

Retaining employees within the first five years of service can be a challenge.

In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average job tenure of American workers across all industries is 4.6 years, with the highest levels of retention occurring in the public sector (7.8 years) and the lowest in Leisure and Hospitality services (2.4 years).

 
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