Business Culture and Recognition

October 9, 2009

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jack Daly ( and listening to him speak about the importance of culture to the overall success of a business. Jack is a well known presenter and business coach, whose passion shines through when he presents. As you can imagine not too far into the culture conversation Jack […]

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One-of-a-kind Award for ArtPrize Winner

October 8, 2009

In addition to $250,000 in prize money, the top winner of the ArtPrize competition will also receive a special medallion created by the Terryberry Company (, a 91-year-old Grand Rapids-based international provider of custom recognition products. The medallion, made from sterling silver, is 2.5 inches wide x 2.25 inches high and .5 inches deep; it […]

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Are We Headed for an Employee Retention Crisis?

September 29, 2009

Here are a few interesting job-related stats: 10-14 jobs will be held by the average employee entering the workforce today by age 38 Over half of all employees plan to leave their current job after the recession ends 71% of Gen Y employees expect to find a new job after the recession 1 out of […]

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Unique Employee Recognition Idea: Elmer's Award

September 23, 2009

Our sales manager was traveling recently in Oregon and came back with a fun recognition story that I thought I’d share. Liberty Bank in Eugene recognizes outstanding employees with a unique award that’s all their own. It’s called the Elmer’s Award. Like the name suggests, the award is an emptied bottle of Elmer’s Glue that […]

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Temporary and Contract Employees Need Recognition Too

September 21, 2009

Most employers have formal programs to recognize the contributions of their full-time and part-time employees. But what about the efforts of the workers who are on temporary assignment in your organization? For many businesses, temporary and contract workers contribute on many levels, adding value to the culture and the success of businesses they work for. […]

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On-the-Spot Recognition…anyone can do it!

September 18, 2009

Most managers believe that appreciation leads to better staff motivation, yet 86% of company leaders say that their organization’s managers could be doing a better job of recognizing and thanking employees for good work. If everyone agrees that recognition is so important to the success of a business, why are so many businesses lacking in […]

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Peer-to-Peer Employee Recognition Video

September 18, 2009

If you do not already subscribe to our e-Newsletter you may not have seen our latest video about peer-to-peer employee recognition and the Give a WOW! solution. Watch it below, and feel free to leave any comments or questions on this new program offering from Terryberry.

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Free Employee Recognition Tools

September 9, 2009

Terryberry has assembled some of our most frequently requested employee recognition tools and made them available to HR practitioners and business leaders. Here are some of the highlights: Free Employee Recognition Certificate maker: Make your own printable award certificates to recognize employee achievements. New-Hire Recognition Survey: help create a welcoming environment for new employees by […]

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How Mickey Makes Magic

July 27, 2009

I just finished reading a great article about Disney’s employee recognition system, HOW MICKEY MAKES MAGIC by Melinda Ligos of Success Promotions Magazine. The article talks about the importance that Disney places on employee recognition and quotes Disney Institute Facilitator, Tom Madden as saying, “Even when we’re cutting budgets employee recognition is something we don’t […]

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Cheerleaders in the Accounting Office vs. The Recognition Wall

July 20, 2009

We are always looking for creative employee recognition ideas and suggestions from non-traditional sources. Rick Reilly, the award winning columnist and author, had an interesting suggestion in his recent ESPN The Magazine article, “HOW WOULD I FIX THE ECONOMY? TAKE THE GAMES TO THE OFFICE“ Reilly’s parallels between sporting traditions of successful teams and encouraging […]

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