Employee Recognition Ideas Blog

What do Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Company, and Lily Beck Wilson, founder and owner of Veils by Lily, have in common? Through an entrepreneurial spirit and good old-fashioned hard work, they are powerful business women who have formed successful careers and are influencing the world in positive ways.  September 22 is […]

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Thank a Co-Worker Today

There’s no getting around it. These are challenging times for many businesses. Leaders are put in the difficult position of juggling leaner budgets and asking for more from fewer people. At times like these, there are a lot of tasks on a manager’s plate, but one that shouldn’t be pushed to the backburner is acknowledging […]

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Now is the time to WOW!

If you’re looking for creative ideas for how to recognize your employees, Mike Byam’s new book “The WOW! Workplace” is a worthwhile read. Check it out.

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Building Blocks of Recognition

I was at an HR Conference this week in St. Louis and heard a neat recognition idea from the University of Texas at Austin. A creative manager there came up with the idea to recognize positive contributions from employees on the spot by presenting a Lego. The Legos represent a dollar value which can be […]

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Length of Service No-No

Determining qualifications for length of service awards is generally a pretty straight forward process. If your awards are presented after two years then on their second anniversary with an organization an individual should be in line for that award. Certainly, the same holds true at the various intervals businesses recognize (1 year, 3 year, 5 […]

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Customer Service Awards

Frequently companies are looking for different ways to celebrate outstanding customer service. We recently became aware of a company in the Midwest that has a unique way of commemorating achievement in this arena. Annually sales representatives from across the country submit letters of reference from their client base. Representatives can submit as many letters as […]

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Power of Presentation

by Chad Zamler I was recently given the task of analyzing the data from a company’s employee recognition satisfaction survey. Being new the field of employee reward and recognition, I was not sure what to expect. After analyzing the responses and reading the comments, there was one thing that certainly stood out to me. These […]

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No more “Employees of the Month”

One of the emerging themes that we are seeing from our employee recognition clients throughout North America is a shift from traditional manager only nomination schemes. Businesses are doing away with initiatives that could be viewed forever as “favoritism” or talked about as “it’s your turn to get recognized this month.” In order to address […]

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The Pen is Mightier…

True story: this past weekend my friend Joe hosted a little soiree at his home, and several friends and co-workers were invited. Over the course of the evening, somehow a conversation about homebrew morphed into talk about handmade wooden tap handles. At this point in the conversation (…and I promise, soon this will relate to […]

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Work Day Bingo

Recently when presenting to a Human Resources group in North Andover, Massachusetts about motivating employees there were some great informal ideas flying around the room. One Human Resource professionals from a nearby retirement community talked about a practice they have of quarterly Cover-all Bingo.If the employee teams hit certain metrics over the course of a […]

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Informal Worksite Recognition

Earlier this month I was in Amarillo, Texas speaking to a group of Human Resource professionals about recognition and we were sharing informal recognition ideas. A Human Resource professional from a local contractor firm spoke about a coveted award in their organization. She talked about how often times on a worksite when an individual is […]

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