Year: 2014

Employee Recognition: Do you know?

employee recognition do you knowOne of the most important aspects of planning your employee recognition, safety, wellness or years of service awards program is to know your employees. I recently met with the Chief Human Resources Officer and the Human Resources Manager of a client to plan their employee recognition program.  The CHRO is new, he has only been in his position for about 6 months; however, the human resources manager has been at the company for several years. The most interesting part of the meeting was when I began to discuss general program metrics, branding and communications.  The CHRO looked at the HRM and said “you know the employees a lot better than I do, what do YOU think will work best.”

First of all, I really liked his approach to make sure this program is a team effort among the human resources department. But what I found truly fascinating was that he really understood the importance of an employee recognition program. It is ALL about the employees! When you implement a program that your employees enjoy and want to be involved in, that is when you will begin to see positive results (increased retention, improved employee engagement, safer work environment, etc.).

I recently saw a quote by Angela Ahrendts that went like this: “Everyone talks about building relationships with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first”. These words ring true; your employees are at the very center of your company culture. Work on having a relationship with your employees, improve your company culture, and then see the results.

By understanding your employees, you will be able to incorporate your program into your company culture. Your company culture is not just something, it is everything. It needs to be the core of what you do. Employees need to be tied into the culture and understand exactly what the company is trying to achieve. Implementing employee recognition, safety, wellness or years of service awards programs helps in building employee engagement and reinforcing company culture. Find out more by contacting us here or calling 800.621.9745.

Employee Recognition: a Summary of Best Practices

Employee recognition is a big part of what we do.  As a result, many QIC posts address topics centered on implementation of employee recognition programs and their organizational benefits.  Below are some of my favorites (in case you missed them) along with a few of my added thoughts. Rob Miklas’ post:  Lessons from the Street… Read more »

Employee Recognition and Community Service

In my last post, I shared some of the benefits of offering volunteer opportunities in conjunction with your company’s employee recognition program.  I mentioned that I sent out a company-wide survey to learn what volunteerism meant to my co-workers as well as what activities they were currently engaged in.  The following are some of the… Read more »

Lend a Helping Hand through Employee Recognition

In 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… Read more »

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 »