Month: April 2014

Lend a Helping Hand through Employee Recognition

Lend a Helping Hand Through Employee RecognitionIn case you haven’t heard April is National Volunteer Month!  With spring in the air, it is the perfect time to incorporate company-wide volunteer events into your employee recognition program or recognize employees for their individual contributions to their communities.

Recent growing awareness for skills-based volunteering has me thinking about some of the opportunities and challenges employers face when trying to implement these types of volunteer projects.  Some of these are addressed in this interesting article by contributor Tom Watson.  He notes that providing a combination of “extra-hands” events and skill-based volunteering can create opportunities for everyone to get involved.  While either can enhance the employee’s work-life balance, skill-based projects seem to provide an even greater benefit.

When done correctly, corporate promotion and recognition of individual, skills-based volunteering can lead to a happier, more engaged group of employees.  Company-organized volunteer events are a part of Rally Rewards, QIC’s employee recognition program – and many associates enjoy participating.  After reading Watson’s article I was interested to see what types of individual volunteer activities my coworkers are involved in.

I solicited responses via email survey and was delighted to learn of the diverse and meaningful ways QIC employees contribute their time and skill to make a difference in their communities.  It’s very uplifting to discover how many wonderful activities my coworkers are involved in away from the office, and I would like to share some of their stories with you in coming posts – so stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you’re contemplating a company service project, my previous postCommunity Service and Employee Recognition offers a few tips for project organizers and a brief account of one of QIC’s volunteer projects.

How’s your employee recognition program working?  Contact us today – we’d be glad to lend a helping hand towards making it even better.  Let’s Rally!

Incentive Program Design – Avoiding a Culture of Chaos

We spend a great deal of time emphasizing the positive aspects – and expected benefits – of properly designed and executed recognition or incentive programs.  There’s good reason for this, as we know firsthand how effective the right program can be – drawing from our own Rally Rewards program as well as creating and managing… Read more »

April Showers Bring May Flowers – and Lessons for Growing Your Sales Incentive Program

I have a conflicted relationship with the season of spring. On the one hand, spring awakens allergic reactions in me that lead to itchy eyes, a runny nose and all those other temporary maladies that make me feel less than great. On the other hand, I absolutely love to watch things grow – from a… Read more »

Safety and Wellness Incentive Programs on the Rise

According to the inaugural 2014 Incentive Safety and Wellness survey by Incentive, budgets for safety and wellness incentive programs are increasing.  The survey also found that the primary reason behind companies’ expanding investments in safety and wellness is program effectiveness. Nearly three quarters – 73.5 percent – of respondents viewed their safety incentive program as… Read more »

Employee Recognition – All Aboard

I just completed a webinar for a prospective client for an employee recognition program.  The beginning of the call went well, which by my standards means it was an interactive discussion of the many parameters that constitute the construction of a successful employee recognition program.  As we reviewed the participant shopping experience provided by IncenTrac™… Read more »

Seeing Clearly Now – the First Step in Incentive Program Design

Even folks who have never been to Los Angeles are probably familiar with the area’s reputation for periodic bouts of smog. But there’s another side to the air quality in Southern California that those who live here enjoy. And that’s the brilliant blue skies and crystal clarity that follow the storms that roll off the… Read more »