R Scott Russell, CRP, CEP

R Scott Russell is a video host, public speaker, and a sought-after thought leader in the world of employee engagement and recognition. At C.A. Short Company, he is responsible for producing engaging content, helping clients maximize the effectiveness of their programs, and providing ongoing training and education.
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Healthcare Employee Recognition Weeks: 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.


Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Healthcare

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.


Topics: Total Recognition, Culture of Engagement

5 Benefits of Implementing Years of Service Awards For Work Anniversaries

Traditions in the Corporate World

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.


Topics: years of service awards, work anniversary, years of service, employee milestones

Creative Employee Awards: Ideas and Titles to Make Your Awards Ceremony Fun



Topics: Employee Awards, years of service

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.


Topics: Employee Engagement

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. 


Topics: Employee Engagement

How to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day in the Workplace

2020 was full of people everywhere looking after, comforting, and caring about one another.
2021 should continue to celebrate all the big and little things that matter the most because as humans, we have and will always need it.
One way to continue this celebration is to show your family, friends, and employees your appreciation on Random Acts of Kindness Day. This day is celebrated every year on February 17.

Topics: Appreciation, Employee Appreciation

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. 


How to Use Awareness Days in Your 2021 Engagement Strategy

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. While these days can often feel manufactured, with some created for the sole purpose of boosting an industry, when implemented correctly you can use these select awareness days to increase employee engagement and foster rewards and recognition. 


Topics: Total Recognition

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. 


Topics: peer-to-peer-recognition

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