Tag: Wellness Incentives

I Pay My Employees-Isn’t That Enough?

employeesI have many conversations with prospects and clients alike regarding their recognition programs or whether they should implement a recognition program.  Inevitably, whether it is tongue in cheek or a serious question they will blurt out something like “I already pay my employees and they should be happy to be employed, do I really need to do more?”  The answer, as you can probably imagine is a resounding “Yes!”

Depending on whether the question was initially meant to be funny or serious, I will say paying your employees and providing them with benefits is really a prerequisite for being an employer not something you are doing for them.   The truth is when an employee recognition program is designed correctly, the behaviors and indicators being measured will tie back to the bottom line of the company so the employer is not just giving the employee something but the employee is being rewarded for saving the company money.

Let’s look at a few examples.  If a company has a high turnover rate, giving an employee points for staying with the company may make some employees think twice before seeking greener pastures elsewhere.  Now, that will not be everyone for sure but let’s say the overall turnover rate decreases by 5% over the year.  There is a direct impact to the bottom line of the company with reduced expenditure on training new employees as well as recruiting savings and the company can pay for the recognition program with a portion of these cost savings.  There are also soft benefits which are more difficult to measure such as longer tenured employees tend to be more efficient and make fewer mistakes which also positively impacts the bottom line.

Another popular area of discussion in recent years is wellness programs.  As health insurance rates continue to rise, employers are looking at other ways to reduce their costs in this area while still maintaining a competitive benefits package in their industry.  One simple method is help reduce this expenditure is by implementing a wellness program.  It could be as simple as implementing a program involving the number of steps an employee takes in a day.  Using a Fitbit™ or a similar device, every employee who walks 10,000 steps in a day or 50,000 in a week receives a point award.  Exercising generally leads to healthier workforce, and the savings that the employer will obtain on healthcare premiums will more than pay for the wellness program that has been implemented.

These are just two examples, but there are a myriad of possibilities on how employee recognition programs can be designed to benefit the company as well as the employee.  If you are an employer and you think you are doing enough to keep your workforce happy and you do not have an employee recognition program, feel free to give me a call to discuss how employee recognition programs can be designed to attract new employees to your company!

Safety Santas who Deliver Coal don’t get Cookies and Milk

It’s officially winter and holiday lights are springing up on buildings and trees in neighborhoods across America. Along with all of the joy associated with the season, there is also an element of stress. While many parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents search for the best prices for gifts on their recipients’ wish lists, the children… Read more »

Wellness Programs and Cat’s Eyes Cunningham

If your company is like many these days, it has an employee wellness program in place – or one is under consideration.  In fact, according to a 2012 report by the Rand Corporation, 92 percent of US companies with more than 200 employees offered a wellness program.  Wellness initiatives continue to grow in popularity, largely… Read more »

Employee Recognition: Do you know?

One 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… Read more »

3 Key Ingredients for Incentive Program Success

Let me preface this post with the admission that I am a huge foodie.  I love going to new restaurants, experimenting with cooking techniques and tasting new flavors.  For the past few months I have been enjoying a service called Blue Apron and have some observations about the experience and how it relates to incentive… Read more »

Launching Your Incentive Program

Events are FUN! Michelle and I discussed the other day our love of planning different types of events. From cook outs and dinner parties for family and friends to races, appreciation luncheons, or recognition and incentive program kick-offs. Kick-Off events get people excited. Whether you are launching casual Friday, an incentive program or your new website,… Read more »