Employee recognition, service anniversary awards, safety incentives and more.
How to Wish Staff & Employees a Happy Birthday
Creating a relationship and connecting with your staff and employees is paramount to company culture. Making everyone feel included and important is a vital part of creating said culture, and the best way to do that are the small things.
In today’s world, almost everything is digital so why not steer into the skid and use the trend to your advantage? We all know people love to receive “stuff”, especially if it’s personalized. I am one of those people. With this knowledge, send your coworker a nice little “Happy BDay!” eCard. They will absolutely adore it and will feel even more special on their special day.
The Importance of Celebrating Employee Birthdays
It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day demands and overlook the significance of small gestures that can have a big impact on employee morale and engagement – celebrating an employee’s birthday.
Birthdays are an opportunity for organizations to recognize and appreciate their employees as individuals beyond their professional roles.
6 Excuses to Not Recognize Your Employees
As a manager, recognizing and rewarding your employees for their hard work and achievements is essential to maintaining a motivated and productive workforce.
What Do Successful Channel Partner Incentive Programs Have in Common?
A channel partner is a company that partners with another organization to sell their services, products, or technologies.
With channel incentive programs, an organization relies on channel partners to sell its products, services, or technologies. These products meet the demands of your channel partners’ customers.
The History of National Nurses Week & How to Celebrate [May 6-12, 2023]
American Nurses Association (ANA)’s National Nurses Week is celebrated each year from May 6th through May 12th.
Customer Service Week Appreciation Message Templates
Customer Service Week starts on October 2, 2023 and runs through October 6, 2023. It is an opportunity to show appreciation to employees who work hard to provide exceptional customer service.
5 Ways to Show Appreciation on Administrative Professionals Day
Administrative Professionals Day, also known as Administrative Assistant Day or Secretary's Day, is a holiday celebrated annually on the Wednesday of the last full week in April. This year, it's celebrated on April 26, 2023.
5 Ways to Say "Great Job" to a Colleague or Employee
Recognizing and appreciating employees for their hard work is essential for building a positive and productive workplace culture. When employees feel valued and appreciated, they are more engaged, motivated, and committed to their work. One of the simplest and most effective ways to show appreciation for your employees is by saying "great job."
The Benefits of Employee Recognition for School Staff
Employee recognition programs can be a valuable tool for education organizations to promote a positive work environment, boost employee engagement and satisfaction, and ultimately improve organizational outcomes.
2023 Appreciation Days for School Staff
Throughout the year, there are key days, weeks, and months dedicated to generating awareness and recognizing school staff
Celebrating education appreciation days are a nice addition to your employee engagement and recognition program strategies.
5 Ways to Recognize Your Staff During National Nurses and Hospital Week 2023
National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2023) and National Hospital Week (May 7-13, 2023) is the perfect time to give your healthcare employee an extra dose of appreciation.
10 Ideas to Celebrate Customer Service Week [October 2-6, 2023]
National Customer Service Week (NCSW) has been celebrated during the first full business week in October for more than 30 years.
25 Ways to Engage Remote Employees
Remote employees can struggle with employee engagement if they are not given the proper support and resources to stay connected and motivated.
2023 Utilities National Awareness Days & Recognition Dates
The utilities industry plays a critical role in our everyday lives, providing essential services such as electricity, water, gas, and telecommunications. However, many of us take these services for granted and rarely think about the hardworking professionals behind the scenes who keep the systems running smoothly.
Boosting Call Center Performance with Employee Engagement
Call centers are an essential part of many organizations, serving as the first point of contact for customers seeking assistance or information.
10 Ways to Wish an Employee a Happy Anniversary
Recognizing and celebrating an employee's work anniversary is an important way to show appreciation and acknowledge their hard work and dedication to the organization. It's an opportunity for employers to demonstrate their gratitude for their employees' commitment and contribution to the company's success.
2023 Healthcare National Awareness Days & Recognition Dates
Throughout 2023, there are key days, weeks, and months dedicated to generating awareness for important health topics and recognizing professions.
Healthcare awareness days are centered around recognizing your health care staff – making them a great addition to your employee engagement and recognition program strategies.
How to Use Awareness Days in Your Engagement Strategy [2023 Dates]
If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen an awareness day or two floating around your Facebook and social media accounts in the form of National Taco Day or National Pizza Day. When implemented correctly you can use these select awareness days to increase employee engagement and foster rewards and recognition.
8 Ideas to Celebrate National Nurses Week [May 6-12, 2023]
Nurses play a vital role in the healthcare system, providing essential care and support to patients. They work long and often grueling hours, and they often face challenging and stressful situations.
National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is an opportunity to show appreciation for the dedication and commitment of nurses, and to raise awareness about the important work that they do. It is also a time to celebrate the profession of nursing and to recognize the many achievements of nurses.
2023 Hospital Week and Nurses Week Appreciation Ideas
Hospital staff work some of the most demanding jobs there are physically, emotionally and spiritually – and it takes its toll on all medical staff. That’s why it is especially fitting that we celebrate National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week every year – to take the time, to take care of the people who spend their careers taking care of us.
Why is kindness important in the workplace?
Kindness in the workplace helps create a positive and supportive work environment. This can have several benefits, both for employees and your organization.
10 Workplace Safety Strategies
On average, 2.8 out of 100 workers in the U.S are injured in workplace accidents every year. Overexertion, falls and slips, and contact with equipment played a role in lost work and production days.
No organization wants to have injuries, but where do you start to build a safety work culture? We’ve put together our list of 10 strategies to improve workplace safety and build a culture centered around employee health.
10 Types of Employee Recognition Awards
Most people want to feel valued in various aspects of life, and work is certainly no exception. Since employees study, train, and strive to gain professional experience they can share with their employers, they need to know that their efforts are appreciated.
Service Anniversary Awards: 5 Letter of Appreciation Templates
Service anniversary awards (also referred to as years of service awards, milestone awards, service awards, service milestone, and employee anniversaries) recognize employees when they hit a specific work anniversary.
Appreciation letters are essential for the presentation of your service anniversary awards, but sometimes it can be a daunting task to get started.
With these templates, you’ll never have to create appreciation letters from scratch. Use them as a guide for your employee's next service anniversary!
How to Interpret the Gallup Q12 Questions
The Gallup Q12 questionnaire can provide you with valuable insights into your employees overall satisfaction which can play a part in productivity, retention, and profitability. Gallup's employee engagement work is based on more than 30 years of in-depth behavioral economic research involving more than 17 million employees. The survey is centered around core business elements, providing employers with a benchmark for increasing employee engagement levels and reaching company goals. Today we will discuss how to administer the Gallup Q12 Survey, while providing insight into analyzing a few responses.
What is A Recognition Strategy? (+ Free Recognition Strategy Action Plan Template)
Celebrating employees and recognizing their success probably seems like a reasonable and natural concept, but its value goes far beyond creating a pleasant, professional atmosphere. An organized and detailed recognition program can serve as a tool to help engage and retain valuable workers.
How to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day in the Workplace [February 17, 2023]
Last Minute Customer Service Week Email Templates (October 3-7, 2022)
Customer Service Week is happening now through October 7, 2022!
We've compiled a list of last minute email templates to help you show gratitude and appreciation to your customer service representatives.
Feel free to personalize them any way you wish!
What Are The Five Elements of Recognition?
Employee recognition plays a huge part in making sure your employees feel appreciated, which can in turn generate significant improvements to employee productivity and performance. In order to successfully build a culture of total recognition, there are five main elements that should be considered. Read along as we discuss how they can be used to improve your employee recognition program.
The Incentive Marketing Association Recognizes C.A. Short Company & Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED for Excellence in Sales Incentives
We are honored to announce our partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED has been awarded the 2022 IMA Summit Award for Excellence in Sales Incentives by the Incentive Marketing Association.
How to Budget for Your Employee Milestone Recognition Program
C.A. Short Company is often asked, “Is it possible for you to provide a total cost analysis, down to the penny, for our service award program?”
Employee Anniversary Recognition: 5 Benefits of Celebrating Work Anniversaries
It’s possible to become so wrapped up in tradition, we can forget why we’re doing something. When that happens, we run the risk of simply “going through the motions.” Sadly, this occurs far too often when it comes to honoring employees for their loyalty and commitment.
Employee Engagement Survey Basics
We all need to have some sense of what our employees find engaging and disengaging. Diving into the perspectives of your employee is sound and should be a priority for any business…but first we must gather those perspectives into a meaningful and useful format.
This action can be done in many ways but is most comprehensive when conducted as an employee engagement survey.
2022 National Safety Month: 5 Strategies to Create a Safer Workplace
The National Safety Council observes National Safety Month every year in June. The annual observance is to help keep each other safe in the workplace.
Do Behavior-Based Safety Incentive Programs Work?
When aiming to build a workplace focused on employee safety, there are often some misconceptions behind behavior-based incentives and reward programs. Some safety professionals believe that behavior-based safety incentive programs somehow take the responsibility away from management, leaving it solely on the employee, or that behavior-based programs somehow blame the employee for an unsafe work environment. In order to implement a successful safety incentive program, managers and employers must buy in fully into the program, while empowering employees to make safe decisions for themselves and their coworkers.
Getting In-Depth with Gallup Q12 Employee Surveys
The importance of keeping your employees emotionally engaged in your organization is a constant theme in our Thought Leadership blogs and more recently in our highly popular wall chart, 35 Ways to Influence Corporate Culture and Increase the Bottom Line.
At C.A. Short Company, we have found ourselves often referencing Gallup’s report, “State of the American Workplace,” as it relates to the need for active employee engagement. As part of our recent informative blog series, we’ve regularly pointed to results from Gallup’s Q12 measurements from employee surveys and how they can allow for such effective solutions to be drawn up.
Healthcare Employee Recognition Programs: Formal, Informal, and Day-to-Day Recognition
The concept of employee recognition is not a new ideology. For many years, healthcare facilities have recognized employees years of service by awarding pins and badge accents, hosting banquets, and providing merchandise-based catalog rewards. Some departments may recognize their own achievements or milestones, but those achievements were never communicated outside of their floor.
What has changed is the idea of implementing a strategic recognition strategy that goes way beyond the number of years your employee has worked for you, and that allows for interdepartmental recognition.
Employee Appreciation Day 2023 & Why It's Important to Celebrate
The first Friday in March is Employee Appreciation Day. This year, it's celebrated on March 3, 2023.
It was created to focus the attention of employers — in all industries — on employee recognition.
The N.C. Department of Labor Recognizes C.A. Short Company
C.A. Short Company has been awarded the First Year Gold Safety Award by the North Carolina Department of Labor.
C.A. Short Company Announces Inaugural All-In Award Winners
C.A. Short’s All-In Awards honor and recognize individuals and organizations who have put their “all in” to create and foster a culture of recognition.
Do Points-Based Recognition Programs Work? New IRF Research on the Psychology of Points
The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) recently published The Psychology of Points report.
How To Adapt To A Flexible Work Schedule In Healthcare
Learning to adapt to a flexible work schedule in healthcare became even more important with the outbreak of Covid-19 at the beginning of 2020. We quickly saw that the healthcare sector is in dire need of reorganization and restructuring.
Nurses, physicians, and other medical staff were overworked, and many countries experienced a lack of medical professionals. Since patient care is always a priority in healthcare, staff coverage and proper scheduling are crucial.
Let’s dive in and look deeper into all the ways the healthcare sector can adapt to flexible work schedules.
The Four Stages of Employee Engagement
In our previous blog, we took a more in-depth look at Gallup’s revolutionary Q12 Survey and how its intentional—and labor intensive—design has lead to new and powerful insights regarding employee engagement. As part of the discussion, we also briefly mentioned how the order of the items deliberately ties into the Four Stages of Employee Engagement. This hierarchy represents the path any employee travels on their way to total engagement in the workplace. So, to further iterate just how important all of these stages are and why focus must be given to each one individually, let’s look deeper into what they represent for the employee.
Employee Engagement: How to Create a Recognition Program [Checklist]
Employee engagement is as personal to your employees as it is to your organization.
People are not engaged in programs, they are engaged in other people.
Creating a strong corporate culture and increasing employee engagement is about fostering that individualism and making it a part of your brand.
By recognizing your employees for that brand loyalty and for living your organization’s vision, you are not just measuring engagement, but growing it.
C.A. Short Company Named a Top Recognition Service Provider by HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen
C.A. Short Company, an industry leading employee recognition company, has been recognized by HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings List as a top service provider in Employee Recognition.
What is employee net promoter score (eNPS)?
Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS)
Employee Net Promoter Score, also commonly referred to as eNPS, is a way to measure how your employees feel about your organization.
Employee Wellness in the COVID-19 Era
Two Employee Pitfalls to Anticipate and Prevent
A recent Gallup poll revealed that, historically, well-being and engagement have gone hand-in-hand; however, the current pandemic has produced a new phenomenon: a divergence in employee well-being and employee engagement.
What's Virtual Meeting Fatigue? And How to Combat It
Here we are well over a year into the new world order of COVID-19 protection and prevention. For most of us, this means working from home part or all the time. Working from home brings with it a multitude of stressors.
It’s Okay to Bring Humanity to the Workplace
I’m going to tell you a true story with an important lesson—it is OK to bring your humanity to work and treat people decently. The best leaders, what Jim Collins called “Level-5 leaders” in his book, Good to Great, are humble, respectful, and deeply connected to their people.
What is LOTO (Lockout/Tagout)?
LOTO means lockout/tagout. Lockout/tagout procedures control hazardous energy and protect your workers from harm.
When machines or equipment are prepped for service or energy, they often contain some form of hazardous energy.
What Is Peer-to-Peer Recognition? Why Should You Have It? (+3 Ideas to Encourage It)
A handwritten note from an executive. An award to honor years of service. Maybe even a personalized gift from a manager. For most companies, the responsibility of recognizing and appreciating employees typically falls on management.
However for the modern workforce, peer-to-peer recognition is much more impactful than traditional methods of recognition. Why? Peer recognition provides timely, specific, and consistent recognition to your employees.
C.A. Short Partners with Nudge to Improve Employee Experiences for Deskless Workers
We are ecstatic to announce that we’ve partnered with Nudge, a digital communications platform that empowers deskless employees to drive better business outcomes, to provide a comprehensive employee experience solution for organizations looking to improve retention and engagement among their non-desk workers.
Years of Service: Traditional Work Anniversary Awards
Part 1: The importance of celebrating work anniversaries with Years of Service awards
- What are Years of Service awards?
- Why is it important to recognize an employee’s work anniversary?
- The benefits of an engaged and recognized workforce
Part 2: Best practices for celebrating work anniversaries with years of service awards
- When should you begin honoring employees for their years of service?
- 15 best practices for offering Years of Service awards
Part 3: Working with a SaaS provider to implement your YOS awards
2020 Preliminary Data: OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations
During an exclusive Safety+Health webinar, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented preliminary data for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations for fiscal year 2020, which ended Sept. 30.
How to Use 2021 Safety Awareness Events & Compliance Dates in Your Engagement Strategy
Safety awareness events and compliance dates are centered around bringing awareness to a specific subject area.
How to Maintain Employee Appreciation Initiatives in a Virtual Environment
We understand that it can be difficult to encourage your employees and reward them adequately for their efforts in a virtual setting. While sending a chat message or email to say thank you is always appreciated, it does not always provide the same sense of belonging and comradery that comes with being in a traditional office.
Usual activities are unable to take place, vacations are turning into staycations, and nights spent on the town are now nights spent on the couch. However, spending time at home is not all bad. Many individuals have taken this time to brush up on their baking skills, clean out that one messy closet everyone seems to have, take up a new hobby, and most importantly, spending more time with close family and relatives.
Benefits of Creating Employee Engagement through Change Management
Implementation of Change
Total Recognition Platforms have been shown time and time again to improve employee engagement, increase productivity, and make employees genuinely feel a sense of appreciation from their organization. Announcing the adoption of a Total Recognition program to your employees should bring feelings of motivation, loyalty, and appreciation.
How to Engage & Recognize Your Manufacturing Industry
When it comes to employee recognition, leaders often inadvertently focus on the wrong things. The goal should not be to find something that has always been done, plug it in, and walk away. Every organization and organizational culture is unique, thus requiring specific employee recognition needs. Your recognition program should not only fit, but thrive in your organization's culture.
When looking at how to develop an employee recognition program and engage your workforce, it is imperative to incorporate the three elements of employee recognition: Formal, Informal, and Day-to-Day. It’s easy to say that something won’t work for an organization simply because it has never been done before. On the contrary, reaching past “how things have always been done” can have the potential to engage and grow your employees to new heights.
4 Tips to Engage Your Remote or Contract Workforce in 2021
For employees, March of 2020’s sudden remote transition meant navigating the waters of turning their homes into their offices, learning what Zoom fatigue really means, and what to do when their child (furry or non) "interrupts" their meeting for the third time.
According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic would like to continue to.
You may be asking yourself, can my employees get as much done while working from their kitchen table? And the answer is yes, but their productivity levels could be even higher than pre-pandemic levels if they are engaged.
Employee Education & Training Trends in 2021
Proper employee education and training are essential to the continuity of business. This is not just a general notion either, but actually something shown in research. Surveys on the main reasons for high turnover rates in business indicate clearly that “little room for growth” and a lack of incentives “except at the management level” are major factors. These responses speak to the fact that if employees don’t feel properly supported in their growth, they’re likely to move on — which, in turn, makes it harder for businesses to endure.
How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day Using Cheers for Peers
Each year on March 5, employers in the U.S. celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. It allows you to show your employees how much you value the work they do for your organization each day. There are no rules for this non-official celebratory day besides letting people know their value.
At C.A. Short, we celebrate workers on that same date. However, we focus on peer recognition through the increasingly observed Cheers for Peers Day, which has also become a nationally recognized, yet non-official professional appreciation day. Showing employee appreciation is the same for both days, but the method of doing so is somewhat different.
If you are thinking about switching over to Cheers for Peers this coming March 5, now is the time to discuss it and plan.
Here are some thoughts we want to share to get started.
How to Tackle Peer-to-Peer Recognition and Social Recognition
Engaging employees and providing real-time recognition can be a challenge. There are many questions to consider such as, what are the best tools to boost employee engagement? How can you encourage peer-to-peer recognition in the most meaningful way? Let’s first start off by exploring what peer-to-peer recognition means.
Business Excellence Starts with a Noble Purpose Beyond Making Money
When I am asked, “Paul, how can I improve productivity and achieve sustained business success?” I give an unconventional reply— “Sustained success starts with a noble purpose beyond making money.” Without a noble purpose, I explain, “All tasks degenerate into thankless, boring chores.”
Educate, Encourage, and Incentivize the COVID-19 Vaccination For Your Employees
A recent study, by the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), found that employee benefits from absent workers caused by COVID-19 could cost employers more than $23 billion.
Employee Turnover Rates: An Industry Comparison
Employee turnover happens when an individual leaves their company, and a new person is hired to fill the vacant role. The reasons and costs for the turnover may surprise you.
6 Tips to Ladder Safety in the Workplace
Workplace safety unites the interests of employers and employees, as no one wants to see injuries or lost time from preventable incidents on the job. A properly structured Safety Incentive Program not only decreases injuries and lost time, it also works to increase productivity and overall employee satisfaction. Let’s take a closer look at the statistics behind ladder incidents in construction.
OSHA COVID Guidelines: How to Prepare Workplaces in 2021 for Safety
Employee health is an essential concern for employers in all industries after everyone's battle against COVID-19 throughout most of 2020. Employers faced challenging decisions to put employee safety first and comply with the OSHA workplace safety regulations and will need to continue that course into 2021.
Peer-to-Peer Recognition: A Secret Weapon for Increasing Employee Engagement
Employers that want to boost employee engagement are increasingly taking notice of the power of peer relationships in the workplace. The water cooler phenomenon isn't about gossip as much as it builds connections with co-workers on lighthearted topics like family, sports, and entertainment. Therefore, there is a deep well beneath the water cooler top tap to improve engagement since close work relationships and peer respect boost employee satisfaction by 50%, making it seven times more likely to engage fully in their work.
How to Engage Your Virtual Workforce in 2021
Workforce engagement is always important for your business, but it has probably never been as challenging to achieve and maintain as it is right now. Many businesses worldwide are still managing a fully or partially remote workforce while also toggling coronavirus prevention measures for on-site workers, making it difficult to focus on core organizational goals like employee engagement.
What You Need to Know When Planning Employee Financial Literacy Programs
It’s important to take care of your employees. After all, your organization won’t be able to reach the heights of success if not for employees who are healthy in all aspects of their lives. Besides having a comprehensive employee benefits package which includes proper healthcare and paid vacation days, another way to take care of your employee is by helping them achieve personal economic security through financial literacy programs.
This is all the more important as the New York Post reports that Americans are notoriously bad with money. Indeed, the report cites a Bankrate survey that details how 60 percent of Americans don’t even have $500 to spare in care of emergencies. By empowering your employees through a financial literacy program, they can better manage their debt and save up for retirement, as well as increase their productivity. You'll also be able to help yourself grow your business as you take better care of your employees, as these programs can motivate your staff and boost employee morale.
Now that we’ve established the importance of financial literacy programs for your employees, let’s now take a look at what you need to do when planning these programs.
SMARTER KPIs for a SMART Safety Incentive Program?
When it comes to a safety incentive program, what KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) should we be following?
The Importance of Employee Engagement in Healthcare & How to Improve It
A healthy and productive work environment is one in which everyone can better meet their respective and collective goals. Employee engagement is a core component in creating and fostering such an environment. People Managing People refers to employee engagement as a relationship formed among colleagues and management in any industry, including healthcare.
Engaged vs. Disengaged Employees: What do Engaged Employees Do Differently?
Disengaged workers are not good for business and end up affecting their organization's bottom line, and in the larger scheme, they cost the U.S. economy $350 billion annually in lost productivity. Many of these employees have a way of maintaining a bad attitude and infecting others with it, bringing down camaraderie and team morale.
Using Points-Based Rewards Programs for Maximum Potential
Points-based reward programs are highly effective in influencing employee behaviors, whether that is engagement, productivity, safety, wellness or other types of outcomes. But, why does it work? Let’s dive more into the reasoning behind why points-based rewards are effective for helping employees to reach their full potential.
4 Factors Driving Employee Engagement in 2021
Walk into a business where employees and management rarely communicate or express pleasure in teamwork, and you will find a company that might soon face substantial trouble. Without healthy engagement among coworkers and management, employers might lose valuable employees because it is a telltale sign that employees' needs are not being met and perhaps are not even considered.
How Do You Foster Dignity and Respect at Work?
Creating a work environment that fosters a culture of positivity can often-times be quite challenging. To create a positive culture, the leaders of your organization must not only promote this behavior, they must also understand its importance. Employees who feel they are treated with respect and dignity are more engaged and productive than those who don’t. Let’s take a look at a case study where a hospital was able to improve its workplace culture and patient experience.
Employee Engagement Improves Turnover in Transportation Industry
Rapidly changing weather. Dangerous driving conditions. Near-constant road work.
The transportation industry faces many challenges on a daily basis, but one of their biggest lies in employee turnover. While turnover impacts every industry, none feel its effects quite as much as those in transportation. To illustrate this, we need to look no further than the trucking sector, which experiences an unprecedented amount of turnover annually. The good news is there are proven steps any organization can take to reduce churn, but before we get into specific actions, let’s take a closer look at the problem.
The Ultimate Guide to Improving Employee Safety in the Workplace
- Introduction to Workplace Safety
- Part 1: State of Employee Safety in the American Workforce
- Part 2: What Is the Best Way to Improve Employee Safety in the Workplace?
- Part 3: Offering an OSHA-compliant Safety Incentive Program
- Part 4: Providing Ongoing Safety Training and Education
- Part 5: Improving Employee Engagement and Employee Recognition
- Part 6: Putting it all Together
How to Host a Socially-Distanced Employee Event in 2020
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, hosting employee events and celebrations has been difficult and uncertain. What many managers and employers are struggling to address is the need for social interaction among employees. Workforces around the world are craving face-to-face engagement, but employees also want to feel safe while participating in group events. While the task may seem unapproachable in the current health climate, it is something that needs to be a priority for businesses as we head into 2021.
Benefits of an Employee Wellness Program & How to Budget for One
What is an employee wellness program?
Wellness programs are more than just a trending topic in business. Over the course of history, workplace benefits have expanded to include a myriad of insurance offerings – all of which are more expensive when there are a greater number of high claims – leading employers to begin considering the importance of overall employee wellness and the return on investing in wellness as an employer.
Top 5 Workplace Accidents in 2020 and How to Avoid Them
Business leaders face numerous responsibilities each day when running a successful and profitable company. One essential duty employers have is keeping their valuable employees safe from injury and illness, which is not a simple one-time-only task. It is an ongoing task that features many moving parts, including identifying risks, working to correct hazards, and informing employees of dangers that they can avoid when aware and alert.
How Employee Recognition Programs Have Changed in 2020
Building an employee recognition program offers employers an invaluable tool in fostering a positive and productive workplace culture. However, if employers and HR teams design an employee appreciation program based on an outdated recognition and rewards model, they might not experience the desired outcome.
How Safety Incentives Play a Role in Workplace Safety
Regardless of the work environment—from a chaotic warehouse to a laid-back office—workplace safety is an essential responsibility of employers. Company owners and their safety management teams must ensure employees' safety for their well-being, and the financial health and brand reputation of the organization.
How to Increase Employee Engagement with Appreciation
The following blog is the 5th blog post in a series of posts about creating high-performance teams and references the 7 New Rules of Employee Engagement Wallchart. To view previous blogs and resources click the links below:
The Importance of Employee Recognition and the 5 Elements of a Successful Service Award Program
I worked at an organization for about 5½ years right out of college. On the anniversary of my 5 years of service, I received an envelope on my desk with no explanation, my name misspelled, and a small coffee stain on the right corner. I honestly thought I was getting fired in the most inappropriate way I could imagine.
Give Millennials What They Really Want - Experiences
If the assent of millennials in the workplace once seemed like the slowest moving train in the world of demographics, it’s safe to say that train has finally reached the station.
How to Budget For an Employee Engagement Program
Over the years we’ve mentioned in countless articles the importance of employee engagement, and how your commitment to your employees can result in higher productivity and a reduction in costs. You may be saying to yourself “that all sounds great, but we don’t have the budget or the need to implement some fancy program” that’s where you're wrong.
How Employee Morale Affects Employee Engagement
Employers have long described employee morale as the attitude, emotional connection, and satisfaction of employees while they're on the job. However, organizational leaders and management often monitored morale solely based on employee retention and productivity.
What Your Employee Engagement Platform Should Do
Employee engagement strategies have been proven to reduce turnover, improve productivity, and overall improve employee feelings in the workplace. These benefits can greatly improve your bottom line. A 2018 Gallup report affirmed that companies with a high employee engagement rate are 21 percent more profitable than their competitors.
Years of Service: 10 Ways to Honor Employee Loyalty
Honoring and recognizing your employees is a year round endeavor, however there are moments such as years of service or work anniversaries where you want to go the extra mile. We’ve put together a list of creative ways you can honor your employees’ loyalty and showcase your appreciation for their hard work and dedication.
How To Use A Safety Incentive Program for COVID Guidelines
Over the past few months, many businesses have been faced with difficult decisions regarding employee health and safety. While some businesses and industries are able to go completely remote, that is a luxury many businesses do not have. During COVID-19, the safety of our employees and ourselves is our first priority. Today we will be discussing how your safety incentive program can also be used to help promote a safe work environment and assist with adapting your workplace to new OSHA and CDC workplace safety guidelines.
Employee Holiday Programs: Start Early & Make It Personal
We all know that employee recognition is not a once-a-year event. However, the holidays are a great time to show appreciation for your employee’s hard work and dedication. In order to have a successful program, you need to make it personal and you have to start EARLY. Today we will be breaking down the importance of personalized employee holiday gifts and the positive effects they can have on your employee engagement.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Wins RPI® Overall Best Practice Award
Shelby, NC: C.A. Short Company is proud to announce that The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has won the Recognition Professionals International 2020 Overall Best Practice Award.
C.A. Short used its People Are Everything™ employee recognition platform to help the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Bravo Program provide tools and resources that fulfill day-to-day needs and increase recognition practices. The interactive platform allowed the program to offer nomination based-awards and manager tools for monitoring program performance and engagement levels.
What is Total Recognition and How Can It Improve Employee Engagement?
Employee engagement is all about creating a culture that ensures employees feel they have what it takes and everything they need to give their all during the workday. It aims to define how committed employees are to company goals and success, as well as their own personal growth within the company.
How Much Does an Employee Wellness Program Cost?
Wellness programs can have great effects within the workplace, including boosting productivity and cost-saving benefits. It’s no wonder why wellness programs have become so popular with more employers looking to invest in more opportunities to promote health and fitness. Even though these programs have a multitude of positive effects, they are still an investment in both time and money.
Giving Employees Gifts During the Holidays: How We Do It
For some reason, sitting down to write about what to give employees for holiday gifts gave me writer's block. It all seemed so boring and overdone. I just couldn’t seem to find the direction I wanted to go.
Then I realized, I work at an employee recognition company who specializes, in part, regarding employee holiday gifts. I am writing about employee recognition programs, why don’t I write about how MY actual company celebrates its own actual employees during the holiday season and provide examples of unique corporate gift ideas.
Why Your Sales Incentive Program Doesn't Work
By offering your sales team with unique rewards such as trips, experiences, or fun gifts, Sales Incentive Programs can be a great way to drive revenue and bottom-line growth.
Safety Incentives: What Are Leading Indicators?
Implementing a culture of safety is key to prioritizing employee safety and wellbeing. Safety incentive programs reinforce safety protocols and encourage employees to work safely by rewarding them when they do. In order to build a successful safety incentive program, you must have a way to consistently measure success, as well as discover any areas of improvement.
Tax Benefits of Years of Service and Employee Engagement Awards
Years of Service and Employee Engagement Awards play a key role in helping you attract top talent, foster employee engagement and promote employee retention. These awards are not only great for boosting employee morale, but they also can give your business tax benefits.
Motivate Your Team with Sales Incentives
Revenue solves a lot of problems. When done correctly, sales incentives bring revenue.
Gallup Reports Historic Drop in Employee Engagement Following Record Rise
COVID-19 has forced our companies to adapt to changing work environments and try to continue to boost employee engagement while working remote.
In early May, Gallup reported that employee engagement in the U.S. had accelerated to a new high. Only one month later, Gallup tracking has found the most significant drop recorded since the start of tracking in 2000.
While this trend can be discouraging for managers, it’s important to analyze why this is happening and what we can do to fix it.
How Can My Company Improve Employee Engagement?
How Much is the Average Cost of a Truck Accident?
This blog post is the 3rd in a series of five blog posts about creating driver engagement.
2022 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week [September 11–17]
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11-17, 2022 and honors all professional truck drivers. Without these 3.6 million individuals, almost every part of our daily lives wouldn't be possible.
The Power of Employee Engagement in the Healthcare Industry
One of the largest employment sectors, the healthcare sector employs 1 in 8 Americans, with over 784,000 companies contributing to the $845 trillion dollar industry. These employees are extremely important to our daily lives, however they experience more workplace injuries and illnesses than any other industry. By analyzing employee engagement trends and developing engagement programs, we can reduce workplace accidents and keep our healthcare employees safe.
How to Encourage Employee Voice and Increase Employee Engagement
One of the best ways to increase employee engagement is by encouraging employee voice. This offers your company a variety of benefits such as innovation, increased productivity, and a strong foundation for success. Employees should feel empowered to do their best work and feel comfortable to speak freely and share their thoughts and opinions. Using some of our tips mentioned below, you can encourage employees to open up and boost your culture of engagement.
10 Best Practices for Creating Years of Service Awards that Work in 2020
This article is dedicated to Buford Ellis, whose dedication and commitment to C.A. Short Company has inspired us for more than 60 years. You’ve made us better employees, better managers, and better friends. May your retirement be filled with the same love you showed all of us.
YOS awards have been a mainstay in the business world for decades. However, a rapidly changing workforce has altered how we must approach them. What worked 30, 20, or even 10 years ago is no longer enough.
That’s why C.A. Short Company is proud to share with you these 10 best practices for offering employee Years of Service awards in 2020. In this article we also share how we used these tips to recognize one of our own team members and promote employee engagement throughout our organization.
The Main Reasons For High Turnover Rate... and Solutions to Help
If an organization's culture produces a high turnover rate, the result is excessive recruitment and training costs. Research shows that employers spend up to 30 percent of the average employee annual salary for each turnover.
This means for every position that pays $10 an hour, it could cost around $3,000 to hire and train someone new.
OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives: Why is Workplace Safety So Important?
Most employers would agree that it’s important to be proactive when it comes to workplace safety. But, do you know why it is so important to identify, measure, and improve the most significant leading indicators, so you can prevent safety incidents before they occur? Capturing historical data, developing predictive trends and determining ROI will help to keep your employees safe and this derivative is crucial for many reasons.
Key Statistics for Improving Workplace Safety
Employers are faced with new challenges within the workplace everyday. Promoting a culture of safety, can not only keep employees out of harm's way, but boost productivity and engagement. The following statistics highlight workplace safety along with the benefits of engaged employees.
How To Create A Safety Incentive Program
For multiple industries, employees put themselves in life-threatening environments everyday. While workplace injuries and fatalities have decreased over the years, in 2019 OSHA reported an average 14 workplace fatalities occurred everyday. No employee goes to work thinking they will be involved in a workplace accident, however there are ways to incentivize safe behavior and encourage safe working environments.
Improving Your Traditional Years of Service Program
Service award programs are meant to celebrate success, relationships, and promote recognition. However, some programs lack excitement and others may not be loved by the ones that participate in them. If your current years of service program is not engaging your employees, it’s time for a program upgrade. Discover how you can improve your years of service program from the traditional off the rack approach.
Now is the Time to Reassess, Retool, & Relaunch Your Sales Incentive Programs
Historically, sales incentive & recognition programs have been treated as an afterthought instead of a strategic initiative.
Why Is Employee Voice Important?
One key to a positive work environment is the ability for employees to feel comfortable and inspired. Environments that allow employees to express their ideas and collaborate openly with coworkers can boost employee morale and overall engagement. By encouraging employees and giving them a voice, you can foster a positive work culture and gain fresh and exciting new ideas.
How to Celebrate Personal and Professional Moments While Remote
When working with remote teams, it may be difficult to find ways to support and excite your team from home. Even though you may be interacting with your team more via virtual communication, some employees may be missing the social aspect of the workplace as well. As a business leader or HR professional, you can develop a strategy for celebrating your employees even when working remote. Learn our tips for boosting employee morale through virtual office celebrations.
How to Boost Employee Morale and Engagement
Having an environment where employees may feel down or uncertain about the future, building employee morale can help shape company culture and ensure motivation in the workplace. If your employees are currently in low spirits, try implementing some of our employee morale boosting activities to improve overall energy and encourage your employees. It appears we're coming out of this thing. The COVID... We will be returning to a "normal" soon. However, our people will be slightly different. Morale will be an issue.
How to Support Employee Engagement at Home
We are currently living in a world of uncertainty with most businesses having to adapt to working from home for the unforeseeable future. Now, more than ever it is important to ensure employees are feeling appreciated, recognized and connected to their company and peers. We as leaders must balance these along with the realities of isolation, burnout and a general lack of well-being. Implementing an employee engagement strategy is a great way to reduce stress and promote productivity when folks are working from home. We’ve put together a list of tips to inspire employees, remind managers and improve overall employee engagement.
How to Build a Culture of Appreciation in the Workplace
Employee engagement is an emerging culture that will continue as long as humans seek acceptance. Until organizations are managed by robots, your employees’ feelings will be as much, if not more, motivation as their paychecks.
Employee Recognition: Years of Service and Beyond
10 Habits of a Highly Successful Years of Service Recognition Program
Let’s take a quick look at some of the top tips from around the industry for a successful and effective Years of Service Recognition program:
C.A. Short Company Is Still Here For You During COVID-19
At C.A. Short Company, like most, we have been watching the world and national events surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Like you, we are making the very best decisions, day by day, for our people and for our customers.
Taking A Culture of Appreciation To The Next Level
Are you looking for ways to improve your employee recognition practices? Are you wondering if there are ways to develop an effective and meaningful recognition culture without a massive budget? Trinkets, gift cards, and bonuses are nice, and certainly a first step on the road to a vibrant recognition program, but those things stop short of creating a truly pervasive company culture of recognition and engagement. So let’s take a look at a few low and no-cost ways to step up your game:
Define: Employee Recognition Program (what is it and why should I care?)
In short, Employee Recognition Programs are tools to help implement good intentions. We’ve all heard the old chestnut that “failing to plan is planning to fail”, right? The same holds true in this case. An organized and detailed Recognition plan, based on the values and goals of your organization is your best plan to attract and retain the right people for your team. It will help turn your desire to create an atmosphere of appreciation and open acknowledgement of your people’s value to the company into a daily reality.
March Madness: Doesn't Mean You Bench Employee Engagement
The 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was a planned single-elimination tournament of 68 teams to determine the men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball national champion for the 2019–20 season. On March 12, 2020, the tournament was canceled in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
It was the first time that the tournament had been canceled since its creation in 1939.
On March 11, 2020, the NCAA announced the entire tournament, like the women's, would be conducted with "only essential staff and limited family attendance" due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some venues (such as those within the states of Ohio and California) enacted further local numerical restrictions on the numbers of those who could attend an event, which the NCAA agreed to respect.
It was also reported that for practicality reasons, the NCAA was considering re-locating some of the later rounds (including the regional finals, and the Final Four, originally scheduled to be held at the 71,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium) to smaller venues within the same host cities.On March 12, the NCAA announced the tournament would be cancelled, along with all remaining winter and spring championships. Source: Wikipedia
Should You Worry About Employee Engagement During March Madness?
Employee engagement and productivity do not have to come to a grinding halt because there is college basketball on that day. An engaged employee is consistently engaged because the organization has created a culture of engagement and recognition. What should be assumed is that an engaged employee who’s ducking out a few hours early to watch his underdog alma mater crush their top-ranked rival worked extra hard, and without interruptions, before doing so. The employees that you should be worrying about are the actively disengaged employees in January, and July, and October.
The Best Guide To Years Of Service Awards In 2020
These days, it's rare for an employee to stay loyal to a single company. As such, when an employee does, he or she deserves some recognition. While there are a number of ways to show recognition to loyal employees, few options are as well-received as years of service awards.
7 Beneficial Ways To Engage Employees To Continue Productivity
Are you looking to improve productivity in your workplace?
10 Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day to Engage Your Team
According to Wikipedia Employee Appreciation Day is an unofficial holiday observed on the first Friday in March. It is a day for companies to thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. This day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee.
7 Ways To Express Gratitude Towards Employees
Everyone knows that showing staff appreciation is one of the top things any higher-up should do for a positive workplace. Sometimes showing employee gratitude may seem a bit repetitive and looking for new ways to do so can seem impossible.
10 Benefits Of Years Of Service Awards For Employees
75% of your employees won't plan to stay around for over five years. A quick employee turnaround could impact your productivity and overall business growth.
Rethink and Renew Your Employee Years of Service Award Program
Your Millennial Engagement Guide: Why Millennial Employees Want to Be Recognized by Their Employers
The Modern Guide to Years of Service Awards
One of the most effective ways to make your business successful and to exceed expectations of your clients is to keep employees happy.
Employee Recognition Examples Your Company Should Implement
Were you the kid at school that always did their homework on time and never got recognized for it? The injustice that you probably felt still exists even in the workplace.
Do You Use An Employee Recognition Platform?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last five to ten years, you’ve been hearing the terms “employee recognition platform” and “employee recognition software” pretty much all over the place. The realization that employee recognition and encouragement is a vital part of success in retention and recruitment has taken over the world of human resource management. But what exactly is all the buzz about?
8 Powerful Ways to Recognize Your Employees
Here are some creative and low-cost ways to recognize your high-performers and encourage a positive and supportive organizational culture.
1) Just say thank you
The Importance of Employee Recognition
How important is it to regularly and consistently recognize and encourage your employees?
The statistics tell us it’s extremely important and we all know the numbers don’t have an agenda here. The good news is that employee engagement seems to be on the rise in the US, as companies begin to take more seriously the need to regularly appreciate and reward their employees. If we look at sources like Forbes.com, Gallup polls, and articles, and the Harvard Business review-- the numbers all say the same things: employee recognition affects your bottom line and companies who don’t put a high priority on employee recognition are going to miss out on the benefits to job performance, job satisfaction, and recruitment/retention.
Years Of Service Programs: The Myth of the One Best Way
If you are looking for the One Best Way to recognize your employees, may I gently suggest that you are missing the point? There is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach that meets the needs of every organization. Nor should there be! Individualization and a custom approach is vitally important, and a personal touch proves the sincerity of the initiator. I’m not just talking about the name on the plaque or the color of the car, either. You want quality, you want meaningful and significant. Right? But how to provide that personal touch? Let’s take a few moments and examine the basics of great recognition. Spoiler alert: there’s more than one!
How to Create a Natural, Tribal Workplace
For my fourth and final blog in this series, C.A. Short Company asked me to discuss the single most important tip for activating an organization’s motivational engine. The engine was designed to function within a tribal setting, so creating such a setting is a MANDATORY first step for activating the engine.
Importance of Years of Service Awards
More than 80 years ago, C.A. Short Company decided that we would do things differently. At a time when employers were demanding more and more from their employees while offering them less and less, we believed there was a better way.
Motivating Employees in the Workplace
There’s a natural ebb and flow to human motivation-- no matter how contented your employees are, and no matter how fulfilling they generally find their work to be, there will be lackluster days when key people feel a little down and the general mood of the office suffers. Knowing this ahead of time is half the battle won, though! A forward-thinking approach to compensating for the inevitable motivational lulls can keep your team from completely succumbing to the doldrums.
Administrative Professionals Day, 2020 Gift-giving Guide
The dust of the Christmas season has barely settled, but it’s already time to start thinking about gift-giving again! Administrative Professionals Day (once known as Secretary Day) is moving in fast. This year’s date is Wednesday, April 22nd-- right around the corner! Are you ready for it? Do you have a list of gift ideas, or plans for otherwise recognizing the people that keep the gears moving smoothly in your organization? Let’s assume that you don’t need to be convinced that your secretaries, assistants, clerks, aides, and all-around office miracle workers deserve to be recognized and feted royally, and just jump right in with some ideas!
Employee Engagement: Should Millennials Be Included In Succession Planning?
It’s an exciting and dynamic time in the world of business. There’s a generational hand-off occurring in the workplace, as more and more Boomers retire, Gen X moves into leadership roles (51%), and (by 2025) Millennials pass the seventy-five-percent-of-the-workforce mark. With this inevitable movement comes a tectonic shift in the fundamentals of workplace expectations, and the desires and goals of modern employees. Managers and business owners who want to lead in their industries must ride the wave of these changes. To be successful in this rapidly changing world, you have to be out in front, leading the way, in the areas that matter.
It’s Time to Scrap “Scientific Management” and Replace it with NATURAL Management
In my last blog article I described a flawed system of management called “scientific management” that is harmful to everyone involved: shareholders, executives, managers, employees, customers, and society as a whole.
Employee Burnout: A Cry For Intentional Leadership
Burnout. The term conjures images of washed-up, tired out employees surreptitiously playing solitaire games as soon as the boss’ back is turned… Motivationless, uninvolved, no longer dreaming of the future: burned out. That’s depressing. It’s definitely not what any manager wants to see in their workforce! And yet a Gallup poll this past summer found that 23% of employees report feeling burned out at work often or always, and an additional 44% felt burned out occasionally. Job burnout costs between $125 billion and $190 billion in health-care spending every year and is linked to everything from type 2 diabetes to death for those under the age of 45. What is going on here, and what can you do about it? How can you ensure that your people are motivated, engaged, inspired, and excited about their careers and their future?
5 Simple Ways to Boost Employee Engagement Today
The importance of employee engagement is a topic of conversation that should be a priority for all organizations. Unfortunately, trying to determine how to boost employee engagement can be as challenging as trying to send a text message with a rotary phone. Employees are not wired the same, so how do you use the same message to reach each employee individually?
Employee Engagement Improves Workplace Safety
Improving Safety Through Employee Engagement
Building a safe work environment is a challenge for any company. But, perhaps even more challenging, is the ability to maintain that safety over the long-term. Many companies struggle with how to best keep workers and customers safe. And with so many statistics and opinions out there, it can be hard to determine the right solutions for your environment. One tactic that works across the board, however, is active employee engagement -- a critical element of our Safegagement concept.
How Did We Get Employee Motivation so Wrong?
In my previous blog article I defined intrinsic motivation as the, “five, natural pleasures of work.” I then made an outrageous claim, “Companies can double employee motivation, productivity and profits by simply activating the natural, productive pleasures wired into the human brain. I can almost feel your skepticism, “If it were that simple, wouldn’t everybody already pay employees this “magical,” free, intrinsic-reward bonus?
Creating the Magic Moment; That's Employee Recognition
Sometimes, as managers, we forget about the value that even the simplest praise and recognition has to our employees. We forget that it is human nature to need reassurance from people that we look up to and respect. We forget how much people thrive when they feel appreciated. But the real value lies in HOW we show our appreciation, not just that we do it.
So, How Should We Effectively Recognize Employees?
By ensuring that your organization's employee recognition program not only reinforces the organization’s culture but achieves a higher level of engagement includes the following:
Reinforces desired behaviors
Works to create an atmosphere of appreciation and trust
Promotes empowerment and involvement
Creates loyalty to a company
Includes all people and in a form that resonates with them
“Intrinsic Motivation" - Part One of Three: The Definition...
Hurray, it’s a beautiful day! I’ve been studying intrinsic motivation for 40 years and I’ve FINALLY been asked to write a blog post about it. Thank you Scott Russell, and C.A. Short Company, for this wonderful opportunity. Blog posts are short, and I’ve been known to drone on, so here is a BRIEF definition of intrinsic motivation.
Recognition is Essential to Driving Employee Engagement
Engaging your people. It’s the key to improving your workplace culture and the payoff is real for both your employees and your company. Employees are happier and more productive, high performers tend to stay longer and your company is more successful in recruiting high potential candidates. And of course, these things all positively impact the bottom line.
If engagement drives all these positive results, then what drives Employee Engagement? While there are many elements that go into an overall engagement strategy, at the top of the list is employee recognition. If recognition isn’t a major part of your engagement program, you really don’t have an engagement program.
Social Media in the Workplace: Your Secret Weapon for Employee Engagement
Social Media. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s become an integral part of society-- including the modern workplace. And while there are plenty of negatives we could complain about, there are also advantages that can contribute to the overall growth of a healthy, supportive social structure within your workforce. If the thought of memes, inspirational quotes, and cute cats cluttering up the communication channels of your office make you break out in a cold sweat, just take a step back and give the concept a quick second look.
What to Consider When Changing Years of Service Award Providers
You have been given a difficult, time consuming task. It's time to review your service award provider and you know you need a change.
Oh how you dread that transition! You know that being held accountable for the success of your program is a huge responsibility. Seth Godin's Lizard Brain Principle tells us that sometimes it's easier putting up with an inferior product, than making a needed change. Well, we believe it should be easy and seamless. Don't fear, the answer is near!
What's Your #1 Objective?
Your number one objective is to have an experienced service award provider, right? By experienced, that means more than 15 years in this Industry. You need a provider who works with you to build a program that fits all of YOUR needs, not their's.
You need a vendor who:
- Is open to suggestions and personalization
- Is always moving forward with the generational transitions
- Can lead you with today’s best practices
- 100% on-time and
Of course, we always turn to Recognition Professional International (RPI ) for our best practice standards. As our workforces change, so do our needs for our service award program.
The Importance of Being a People-Centric Manager
We talk a lot here about employee recognition and engagement, but let’s be frank; a majority of responsibility for workplace environments, and by extension, the success of your workforce, falls on the shoulders of your managers. A study done under the direction of the National Institutes of Health puts it quite succinctly:
...It is often times believed that cultures are predetermined; however, this is a false assumption. It is crucial that managers at all levels are aware of their roles and responsibilities in upholding positive workplace environments that can increase employee satisfaction. Dissatisfaction is the major cause of turnover and can have detrimental cost and environmental effects on the agency.
It’s said that people leave managers, not companies. But on the other hand, employees who have a good relationship with their managers, and feel valued, supported, and fulfilled will often stay at a job in spite of higher pay opportunities elsewhere.
Wellness is a Hot Topic: Are Your People Well?
If life has taught us anything, it’s that doing the right thing always pays off. This is especially true when it comes to caring for your company’s most vital resource – your employees. Increasingly, this means providing a comprehensive wellness program that encourages your team to focus on their health.
How Do You Retain Top Millennial Talent? Employee Recognition Is Key
Killing department stores. Ruining beer sales. Putting avocados where they don’t belong. Millennials have been accused of doing a lot in recent years, but smart businesses realize the important role they play within their organization. While these companies would do anything to retain this top talent, they often find it challenging to do so. And, that’s because many organizations may be overlooking a key element – Employee Recognition.
Years of Service Programs: Is Your's Really Working For You?
Only handing a well respected employee a high valued piece of acrylic with their name and their hire date engraved on it as a celebration of a decade of professional excellence has become a stereotype on par with putting an apple on the desk of the teacher on the first day of school. Expectations and needs have changed. Today’s employees have a much higher expectation of their employers than a teacher has for their eight-year-olds, and a teacher isn’t really going to go shopping around for a class with a better appreciation of their educational skills. So ask yourself, are your Years of Service Recognition habits up to the level of the talent you want to attract and retain? Or are you trying to recruit and engage the top-of-class in your field with nice shiny red apples?
Rethinking Your Years of Service Needs
You submit your Years of Service Award employees to your recognition provider, but that is only the beginning of the Employee Recognition process. You need to make sure your employees are appreciated and engaged throughout the year. Here is where your provider should step in.
Opportunities to Celebrate Your Employees
Employees celebrate Service Award anniversaries every month, and if you don’t have a budget to have a formal event, at the very least, call your department together and present the awards in front of their co-workers.
If you have a budget to have an event or can combine it with a holiday party, it is best to recognize employees in front of their peers. Come up with a new “theme” each year and design posters, banners, invitations, and eVites. An event should be about those not receiving awards, as well so that everyone in the company feels engaged and appreciated.
Employee Recognition: A Key Component of Employee Retention
Have you ever brought in a potential new employee, shown them around your business, made your pitch, and felt confident that they were committed, only to receive a disappointing email the next day, letting you know that you’d lost another great recruit to your biggest competitor? Have you ever lost a fifteen year employee to a start-up with no idea what caused them to ditch the stability of a lifetime career? This is a familiar story for an increasing number of HR Leaders, and a troubling one for anyone interested in the long-term stability of their organization. Constant employee turnover is a costly and inconvenient problem for any business seeking sustainable growth.
How to Encourage Peer 2 Peer Employee Recognition in the Workplace
Engaging employees and providing real-time recognition can be a challenge. There are many questions to consider such as, what are the best tools to boost employee engagement? How can you encourage peer-to-peer recognition the most meaningful way? Should you leverage social media to increase engagement?
It's Not Magic; It's a Software Platform
Fortunately, implementing an employee recognition software platform can alleviate your concerns. Utilizing a recognition platform allows you to design a program that brings total recognition to the forefront of your workforce by adding processes that promote genuine appreciation between peers, in a relaxed and social atmosphere.
Making Employee Recognition a Vital Part of Your Company’s Vision
Studies have told us for years that recognizing employee accomplishments and performance is a key component of creating a culture of engagement in the workplace. An employee who knows that their organization sees and appreciates what they do creates a more loyal, efficient, and motivated employee.
This only makes sense-- the research bearing out what great leaders and managers are already doing intuitively. However, recognizing the validity of the studies is only the first step towards benefiting from them, and good intentions simply aren’t enough on their own. In order to actually implement an effective relationship of appreciation and recognition leading to engagement, an organization’s leaders must have a vision, communicate it effectively, get the whole team on board, and set a clear, practical plan in motion.
What Can Employee Recognition Do for Your Business
“Does employee recognition and engagement really work?”
This is a question we’ve been asked a lot over our 80-year plus history in the employee recognition and engagement industry, and it’s one we never get tired of answering. At C.A. Short Company, engaging and recognizing employees isn’t just our job – it’s our passion! Every morning we wake up with one goal on our mind – how can we recognize and engage as many employees as possible.
Creating a Culture of Engagement Begins at the Top
Rule #1* CULTURE:
Create a culture of recognition that resonates through all aspects of the organization. Incorporate formal, informal, & day-to-day recognition into the strategic recognition platform.
*From The 7 NEW Rules of Employee Engagement
Workforce engagement continues to be a major point of concern for organizations. Based on a 2012 Gallup poll, it was noted that 70% of employees are not engaged. It's clear that many employees feel dissatisfied with their job and work conditions and feel unrecognized within the company scope. By creating an engaged company culture, you'll positively influence the emotional response of your employees' daily environment.
Years of Service Awards: Critical to Building a Culture of Employee Recognition
A Personal Touch to Employee Service Awards
Here’s the thing. Technology makes all of our lives easier. We couldn’t do business without email, computers, and cell phones. No one is denying that it’s probably a bit more cost effective, and definitely quicker to offer everything via the Internet. However, we think that some aspects of business, including employee recognition, should be more personal than a simple email announcement. Do more than tell your employees they matter — show them. It's all about creating memories that last a lifetime.
The Importance of a Years of Service Award
A Years of Service Award Program is about more than just getting a gift for sticking around. A systematic service award program encompasses the event, the award, and the recognition experience. By providing tangible, personalized presentation options that fit with the organizational culture and budget, you are able to maximize the impact and improve overall satisfaction of the program itself.
10 Creative Ways to Show Employee Appreciation
Studies have shown repeatedly that an atmosphere of encouragement and appreciation has a huge impact on employee performance, engagement and retention. Simple, yet personal methods for recognizing the work of your employees is the way to gain traction in these areas. Let’s take a look at ten creative, high value ideas for showing employee appreciation and promoting a healthy, purposeful atmosphere within the ranks.
What Programs Should You Include in Your Employee Recognition Platform?
Show Employees They Are Valued
How to Combat a Disturbing Trend in Workplace Safety
A call from your spouse. A message from a friend. An email notification from your gym.
Life’s little distractions add up, and getting sidetracked at work can be an unavoidable annoyance. It’s easy to take for granted the pesky and seemingly unending diversions that distract us during the workday.
Happy Holidays, from the C.A. Short Company Family to Yours
I didn’t expect my last post of 2018 to be about an old football game. And I guess, in many ways, it’s not.
It’s about underdogs achieving the impossible. It’s about identifying what it takes to be successful and then doing it. It’s about what defines us, as a company and as people. And for C.A. Short Company, it’s all about our incredible employees and customers.
We’ll get into all of that a bit later. But first, football.
How to Calculate Employee Engagement's Impact on Productivity
When it comes to identifying the benefits of employee engagement, there’s certainly no shortage of information. There are hundreds of studies, thousands of blogs, and millions of search results dedicated to the topic. You can easily discover how employee engagement decreases turnover, improves staff morale, and reduces safety incidents.
What you might struggle to find, however, is detailed information on how to measure your employees’ engagement impact on your firm’s overall productivity. We’re going to change that with today’s article!
Join us as we take a closer look at how small improvements in employee engagement can lead to big changes in productivity.
5 Best Practices for Delivering Constructive Feedback
The other day, I was struck by an article I saw in The Wall Street Journal. As someone who has worked in the employee engagement, recognition, and safety industry for the last 25 years, seeing a title like The Rare Workers Who Thrive on Negative Feedback struck a chord with me.
It got me thinking about why so many companies today struggle to deliver quality feedback to their employees. Today’s article will take a closer look at why “negative” feedback is so important, as well as five ways you can make the greatest possible impact when communicating with your employees.
It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Our 2018 Holiday Gifting Program
It’s hard to believe – 2018 is quickly coming to an end. Fall is already in the air, and the holidays will be here before you know it. That means your organization will soon have a tremendous opportunity to recognize and reward your employees for their hard work.
5 Ways to Significantly Reduce Workplace Safety Incidents!
Are you looking to create the safest possible workplace for your employees? You’re not alone. We’ve spoken with thousands of companies that are seeking the same results. To get there, it will likely require a different path than you’ve tried in the past. So while the following tips will help you get there, they will require you to often think outside of the “safety” box.
What Makes a Safety Incentive Program OSHA-Compliant?
Can a safety incentive program be OSHA®-compliant? If so, how can my company ensure these standards are met? What type of safety program is right for my business?
We hear these questions a lot because there’s a great deal of misinformation surrounding these topics. Today, we aim to clear up that confusion.
OSHA Updates VPP Plans, Delays Compliance Date, and Releases New Training Videos
For an agency that has been moving at a near-record pace this year, July and August proved to be exceptionally active months for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA®). Recently, an OSHA official gave a long-awaited update regarding the processing of Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) applications. The agency announced it’s delaying the compliance date for certain provisions of its general industry beryllium standard. And finally, the administration released comprehensive FAQs and training videos on their 2016 silica rule.
Let’s dive in.
Being Human in the Robot Age: The Danger of Constant Distractions
We are surrounded by machines.
I’m using one to write this article. Before I finish, my watch will alert me that it’s time to stand. I will likely hear Aurora – the tone my smartphone plays when I receive a new email – more than a dozen times.
ProcessMAP and C.A.Short Company Launch a Unified Solution for Proactive Safety Management
Earlier this year we met internally to talk about how we see our role in safety incentives in the workplace. And the one thing we all kept coming back to is that we are "all-in" on helping organizations build a culture of safety that drives increased performance and job loyalty.
That's why we took our OSHA-Compliant Safety Incentive Program to the next level by partnering with ProcessMAP, the industry's leading data intelligence cloud platform for Risk, Health, and Safety Management.
5 Employee Recognition Ideas You Can Use to Show Appreciation Year Round!
One of the most effective means of improving engagement and safety at any organization lies in ensuring every employee knows that they’re a valuable member of the team. And while many businesses offer employees Years of Service awards when they reach significant milestones, most companies fail to provide their employees adequate recognition throughout the year.
If a business fails to utilize day-to-day recognition, they are making a crucial misstep that could have a significant impact on not just employee morale, but on their company’s bottom line. The following five tips are designed to help your company recognize employees without the need of a special event.
The Human Connection: RPI, Chance Encounters, and the Power of Relationships
We are all connected.
At times, this is easy to forget. There’s always another email to send, phone call to return, or report to deliver. With so many tasks and responsibilities, it’s hard to remember there are actual humans involved in the process. That’s a crucial mistake.
So much of our success depends on others. There is power in our relationships, the kind of strength that only comes when we combine forces. Together, we prove that we are greater than the sum of our parts.
OSHA Update: New Rule Proposal and Enforcement Extension, Senate Wants Changes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA®) has made many significant changes in 2018, and the agency shows no sign of slowing down. In the past few weeks, they proposed a new rule that could affect 100,000 crane operators, launched a database of workplace chemical information, and extended a major enforcement date. The U.S. Senate also weighed in, proposing a boost to the agency’s budget while also calling for the timely online posting of workplace fatalities.
Take Our Quiz: Safegagement in the Consumer Packaged Goods Sector
Over the past several weeks, we’ve talked a lot about the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) sector. We’ve shared with you the tremendous results Sysco Kansas City experienced after investing in Safegagement™, troubling statistics that haunt the manufacturing, warehousing, and transportation industries, and steps you can take to improve retention, safety, and profitability.
Now it’s time to have a little fun and find out how much you know about one of the nation’s most challenging (and rewarding) sectors. Test your knowledge by taking our 10-question quiz below.
C.A. Short Company and Sysco Kansas City Prove People Are Everything
One of the reasons I love working for C.A. Short Company is because they get it. They understand that a company’s greatest asset isn’t our intellectual property, production capabilities, or financial holdings. It’s our employees.
People Are Everything (PAE) is more than the name of our employee engagement, recognition, and safety platform – it’s the foundation of every decision we make. The best part is, we’re not alone!
How C.A. Short Company Gives Back (and Why Your Company Should Too)
There are many reasons I’m proud to work for C.A. Short Company.
We have a long and rich history in the employee engagement, recognition, and safety industry – with more than 80 years of experience. Every employee, from part-timers to senior members of management, starts their day with the same goal in mind – to improve the well-being of employees and companies across the globe. And, perhaps most importantly, we practice what we preach.
Something so simple – to say what you mean and mean what you say – is a rare practice in today’s world. In the corporate landscape, it’s rarer still. Yet, at C.A. Short Company, it’s the standard. So when we recommend that our clients and prospects become involved in supporting their community, it’s because we have seen the impact it can have first hand.
Improve Retention, Safety, Quality, and Profitability in the CPG Sector with Safegagement™
Over the past few weeks, we’ve written a great deal about Safegagement™ and its role in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) sector. We’ve done this by tackling big issues head on – dedicating full articles to key concerns such as safety or turnover. But today’s post is different. Instead of further breaking apart and segmenting the data, we’ll put all those pieces together to see how Safegagement improves your employees’ lives, your customers’ health, and your company’s bottom line.
Jeff Ross Receives 2018 Spotlight Award from RPI
For nearly 20 years, C.A. Short Company has been a member and sponsor of Recognition Professionals International (RPI) – an organization that works tirelessly to reward and recognize employees around the globe. While it’s typically our CEO Jeff Ross who’s busy doing the thanking, he recently found himself receiving the recognition this time – taking home a significant accolade from the association.
We’re proud to announce that Jeff has been named the 2018 Spotlight Winner for his ongoing commitment and support to employee engagement, recognition, and safety!