Category: Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition incentive programs

Employee Recognition and the Zombie Apocalypse

This month marks six years since the launch of AMC’s popular and entertaining The Walking Dead series, with season 7 set to debut in a couple of weeks.  I watched the show for a while beginning with the first season.  My incentive to watch was my nephew, who played the role of Leon Basset in the first few episodes.  Leon was an employee of the King’s County Sheriff’s Department – a deputy who survived the initial roadblock scene but not the zombie outbreak.  He was dispatched by Rick in dramatic fashion.

The big takeaway from the show’s 6 seasons is that Zombie eradication is a long-term project, with a lot of chaos and uncertainty.  And while the walking dead have been around a long time – the working dead have been with us even longer.  Cited by Rob Miklas in a previous post, this infographic entitled The Working Dead: The High Cost of Low Engagement discusses the impact of low engagement in the workplace.

The bad news? The working dead can be devastating to your company’s performance and long-term potential.  Consisting of disengaged employees (only 34% of U.S. workers are engaged, according to Gallup), this group negatively affects almost every aspect of your business.

  • Provide poor customer service
  • Lower profits
  • Take more sick days
  • Increase turnover rates
  • Infect the staff around them
  • Cost U.S. businesses $550 billion per year

What’s the good news?  Unlike the walking dead, the working dead can be cured.  And unlike the “cure” for the walking dead, the antidote for the working dead is painless and in most cases, long-lasting.  It begins with a comprehensive approach to employee recognition, as pointed out in this Gallup article entitled Employee Recognition: Low Cost, High Impact.

The challenge is to develop strategies to attract and retain top performers, while simultaneously increasing growth and employee productivity.  The Gallup article points out that employee recognition is perhaps being overlooked, but should be a part of these strategies.  According to Gallup’s analysis, “only one in three workers in the U.S. strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days. At any given company, it’s not uncommon for employees to feel that their best efforts are routinely ignored. Further, employees who do not feel adequately recognized are twice as likely to say they’ll quit in the next year.”

Need a strategy to contain a working dead epidemic?  Examine your existing employee recognition initiative – and contact us if we can help.  Zombies can be hard to put down.

Millennials – Mobility Agility?

I recently attended my younger brother’s wedding, and while there had an opportunity to sit back and do some serious people watching.  From my vantage point, I had a pretty good view of my parents’ table, which were mostly Baby Boomers and my brother’s table which were mainly Millennials. I was able to observe behaviors… Read more »

Spotlighting Merchandise Rewards

Small businesses are experiencing high levels of success utilizing incentive programs that feature merchandise rewards, according to a recent IMRA (Incentive Manufacturers and Representatives Alliance) survey/study.  The survey was conducted in partnership with the IRF (Incentive Research Foundation) and focused on companies with between $1 million and $50 million in annual sales. IMRA found that… Read more »

Recognition Made Fun

Designing and managing employee recognition programs is among the most enjoyable aspects of our mission. When employees are recognized for their efforts and achievements, engagement and culture are positively influenced – and we take great pleasure in witnessing the results. One of the more popular and enjoyable features of our recognition platform allows participants to… Read more »