All Employees Are Brand Managers

February 24, 2009

Traditionally, the task of promoting a company falls on an organization’s salespeople and marketing team. But these are anything but traditional times, and businesses are forced to think outside the box about new ways to market their products and services. Many businesses today are taking seriously the idea that every employee in the organization is […]

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Wells Fargo responds to criticism over recognition spending

February 19, 2009

Wells Fargo, the mortgage financial giant, has been under some scrutiny lately for the company’s spending on employee award and recognition events in light of their financial situation. Recently, John Stumf, Wells Fargo’s CEO, had had enough. Responding to the harsh criticism, he took out a full page ad in USA Today to publicly defend […]

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Recognition on a Budget – Get Creative!

February 13, 2009

Earlier this week, Terryberry hosted a webcast on “Creating a WOW! Moment“. Over 150 business leaders from around the world attended to learn and share ideas for how to WOW! their employees in spite of the slow economy. What did we learn? The economy certainly isn’t stopping businesses from showing appreciation for the efforts of […]

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Employee Recognition Survey

January 22, 2009

In today’s challenging economic environment business leaders, HR professionals, and supervisors at all levels are asking how their employee recognition efforts are measuring up. Employers have been forced to cut back on personnel, frequently compensation, and often a portion of the remaining fringe benefits. This perfect storm of employment has left businesses forced to do […]

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Thank a Co-Worker Today

November 18, 2008

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!

October 31, 2008

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

October 14, 2008

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

October 14, 2008

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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Awards for Customer Service Excellence

October 2, 2008

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

September 16, 2008

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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