Tag: employee recognition programs

Reflecting on Thanksgiving and Appreciation

Reflections of Thanksgiving and AppreciationEven though the Thanksgiving holiday is almost a week past, memories are still fresh enough that many are still talking about the good food, fellowship and festive spirit enjoyed.  Our appreciation of the blessings we often take for granted is heightened as we reflect on time spent with family and friends.

Thanksgiving and appreciation for family is top of mind during the holidays, but as an employer you should also be diligent in recognizing employees and expressing appreciation for their contributions to the organization.  Employee appreciation should be frequent and a combination of structured, comprehensive recognition and spontaneous expressions of thanks.

Not sure where to begin?  Kazim Ladimeji lists 5 ways to recognize employees in this article for recruiter.com.  According to Kazim, expressing appreciation is valuable, effective and can be implemented without stretching budgets.

  • Saying “thank you” boosts engagement, especially when being specific about the behavior or performance you are thanking someone for.
  • Recognize deserving employees 3-4 times per month.
  • Recognition from coworkers imparts a greater sense of value.
  • Communicate accomplishments and recognized achievement to the rest of the organization – make them famous among their peers and coworkers.
  • Incorporate intrinsic motivators –
    • Sense of meaningfulness
    • Sense of choice
    • Sense of competence
    • Sense of progress

These expressions of appreciation are insightful and practical – and common components in comprehensive employee recognition programs.  Kazim points out that there must be clear criteria for receiving recognition and the program should be inclusive of all employees.  Structure is necessary for maximum effect.

Contact us to find out more about structuring your employee recognition program for maximum effectiveness, and about utilizing IncenTrac to easily manage all aspects of your program.

Employee Recognition – Always a Good Fit

Like your favorite pair of shoes or faded jeans – employee recognition programs are a good fit, regardless of organization or industry.  Sales, distribution, manufacturing, transportation, food service, healthcare, and virtually any other type of organization can benefit from a comprehensive employee recognition program. Organizations providing goods and/or services in a competitive environment face common… Read more »

5 Program Design Dragons that must be Slayed

Watching the 2002 movie Reign of Fire (Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale) left me with one overwhelming and undeniable truth: the free reign of undomesticated, large, fire-breathing dragons is not conducive to a life of peace and prosperity.  As long as those dragons are around all activities are focused on avoidance, survival and a meager existence… 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 »

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 »

The X’s and O’s of Incentive Program Design

At QIC we decided to follow up the Broncos – Seahawks Big Game with a soup bowl (or two) of our own.  For a little friendly competition we had a soup cook-off (dubbed the QIC Souper Bowl) on the Monday following the Seahawks’ victory.  In the process I discovered a direct parallel to effective incentive… Read more »