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Lead Story

Leasing 2.0 – An old tradition gets a new look


Industry Update

AmEx to appeal court ruling on merchant steering

Massive hack siphons nearly $1 billion from banks worldwide

EMV, interchange concern ATM deployers

Costco, JetBlue disengaged with AmEx

Trade Association News


Mobile poised for online growth

Use newsletters for customer retention


Remote capture is for more than just checks

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Paradigm shift on portfolio ownership

Alex Nouri
EFT Direct


Street SmartsSM:
Keep calm and process on

Tom Waters and Ben Abel
Bank Associates Merchant Services

ISO third-party integrations and data sharing

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

How do you decide which terminals belong in your toolbox?

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Company Profile

ISO Advance

Premier Payment Systems Inc.

New Products

Seamless, scalable in-store mobile payments

Zebra Technologies Corp.

Cloud-based, interactive payments for food service

Aptito LLC


Workplace Oscar party


GS 10 Years Ago

Readers Speak

Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

March 09, 2015  •  Issue 15:03:01

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Workplace Oscar party

Recently, I watched the Academy Awards — with a billion other people. Not literally, of course, but that's the number of people who typically watch the program on television. Like most people, I mostly watch the Oscars to root for my favorite films, actors, directors and screenwriters. But I also love the red carpet interviews, the jokes, the musical numbers, the poignant "in memoriam" section, in addition to the presentation of the big awards.

The Academy Awards broadcast is something that people tend to watch with others. Often these gatherings are called "Oscar parties." Some companies have Oscar parties, and this might includes an office pool in which employees make their predictions in the major categories. Last night as I watched, I started thinking about how something like the workplace Oscar party might be used to shore up worker morale, reward successful projects, and increase productivity in business.

And the winners are

Basically, the idea would be to get employees to nominate and vote on the most impressive job performances in their workplace over the past year. These, I suggest, would be the major categories:

Friendly competition

Done well, a workplace Oscar party could award business success in a fun way. It would do more than just award the company "stars"; there would be awards for a wide range of actors in the company, from the telemarketing sales staff to the chief operating officer. Such a party might not have the glamour of the Academy Awards, but it would encourage the friendly competition and camaraderie that is necessary for the long-term success of any business.

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