Category: Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition incentive programs

Engagement, Recognition, and Safety Strategies Drive Positive Business Outcomes

Last week we mentioned some of the impacts related to the labor shortage and employee recruitment and retention challenges. With less-than-full staffing, employers pressed to maintain operational, production, and service demands are employing a variety of strategies to these ends. Our experience in helping deliver profitable business outcomes centers around comprehensive programs that develop and build sound engagement, recognition, and safety strategies.

During Covid and continuing through the post-pandemic environment, companies with sound strategies for engagement, recognition, and safety in place have been able to leverage those established programs to maintain positive business outcomes. If there is a positive takeaway from the past three years, it is that companies and organizations without such strategies have come to realize their importance and value.

The Retention Challenge

The continuing labor shortage presents many challenges, with recruitment and retention at the top of the list. One contributing factor to the retention problem is the additional burden placed on employees. As this article by Gallup’s Ryan Pendell points out, over half of employees say their organization has asked workers to take on additional responsibilities. These employees were polled during the first quarter of this year.

Almost half (48%) of employees reported that their organizations had undergone restructuring or reorganization because of less-than-full staffing. As employees are asked to do more with less, the risk of over-stress and burnout continues to mount. As Gallup’s survey shows, employees are:

  • 2.5 times as likely to feel burned out at work – very often or always
  • 55% more likely to seek a new job
  • 39% less likely to be engaged at work
  • half as likely to think their employer cares about their well-being.

With stress and overload come an increase in sick days, a decrease in engagement and buy-in, and the likelihood for departures.

The Recruitment Challenge

With recruitment challenging enough, attracting new employees to join an organization in this kind of disarray becomes even more so. This scenario has produced an environment in which employees have lost trust in leadership, and many see no end in sight. Pendell points out that when new responsibilities are structured carefully and communicated clearly, the result can be positive in terms of career development – when roles and responsibilities align individual talents with organizational needs.

The Safety Challenge

With fewer employees pressed to do more, and open positions being filled with inexperienced, younger, and/or temporary employees, the potential for injury is on the increase. The impact of increased stress, low engagement, employee burnout, and inexperienced employees contributes to a negative workplace culture. Consider a comprehensive strategy that includes engagement, recognition, and safety initiatives that can demonstrate your care and concern for employees. You’ll see an increased potential for positive business outcomes.

Overcoming Employee Recruitment and Retention Challenges

With 2024 only ten weeks away, I’m not exactly going out on a limb to say the same uncertainty and change affecting workplaces will continue into the New Year and beyond. Employers are struggling to overcome challenges in the areas of productivity, safety incidents, and absenteeism – but the most pressing challenge for many industries… Read more »

Why Non-Cash Incentive Programs?

In today’s uncertain economy and labor market, leadership teams may not recognize the value of non-cash incentive programs. With hiring down 40 percent from a year ago and layoffs continuing to make headlines, the workplace and workforce continue to evolve – and this is true for virtually all industries. QIC’s John Newman, writing for,… Read more »

Delivering Recognition for America’s Professional Truck Drivers

When it comes to professional truck drivers, they are like a lot of things in life – taken for granted. Perhaps you’ve never considered how much we depend upon America’s drivers for almost all our essential goods and resources. In recognition and appreciation of drivers and their dedicated service, September 10-16 has been designated National… Read more »

Boosting Employee Morale One Step at a Time

Disengagement and lack of inspiration lead to low employee morale – the “silent killer” of the workplace. Low employee morale negatively affects atmosphere and culture, and subsequently decreases productivity, growth, and engagement. Additionally, as morale and engagement decrease, employee burnout increases.  In Lattice’s State of People Strategy Report 2023, data shows that 72% of employees… Read more »

Recognition and Sustainability Reporting

As the post-pandemic workplace continues to evolve, certain pressures have emerged around creating and maintaining a strategy of corporate sustainability reporting. A new law from the European Union known as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive is expected to impact thousands of US companies (and many more worldwide) that do business in the EU. The EU… Read more »