Scott Hammer, CRP

National Account Manager
For nearly 15 years, Scott Hammer has been assisting Human Resources Executives & Safety Directors design, implement, and manage high impact employee recognition programs that help engage employees and align with organizational culture and core values. Scott graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a BS in Consumer Science, Business, & Retail Management. He is a Certified Recognition Professional, earning this accreditation from Recognition Professionals International. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, golfing, coaching High School Cross Country and spending time with his fam​ily.


Recent Posts

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.


Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Manufacturing, Employee Engagement Strategies

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!


Topics: Safety, Osha, Retention, turnover, CPG, people are everything

Money Isn’t Everything: The Staggering Cost of Food Recalls

More than 200 million eggs from North Carolina. All romaine lettuce from southwest Arizona. Detox teas from around the nation.

Not even our animals are safe.

Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed a deluge of food recalls. And while the news may seem unprecedented, these events are far from isolated. Despite incredible technological and industrial advancements, the number of food recalls in the U.S. has actually doubled over the past 15 years. Globally, that number is far worse – with 20-30 recalls announced each week.

What are the costs of so many recalls?


Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Incentivized Safety Programs, CPG

Safegagement™ Improves Safety, Productivity in the CPG Industry

The Consumer Packaged Good (CPG) industry is responsible for many of the products we use on a daily basis – from the food we prepare for dinner to the detergent we use to clean our clothes. For those products to reach our homes, they must travel through a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, warehousing, and transportation.


Topics: Safety, Safegagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Incentivized Safety Programs

Engaged Employees Are Your Frontline Defense Against Theft

Employee theft is not a new problem, but companies continue to look for ways to fight shrinkage and other types of loss originating from within the walls of their own businesses.

You want to believe your employees care about the company and its bottom line. In many cases, employees responsible for shrinkage and loss don’t have an idea of the affect it has on their company, or they don’t care. They may even have a distorted sense of entitlement based on the way they believe they are treated by the company, however wrong this type of thinking may be. What these employees don’t realize is that the problem is significant and it affects everyone, including their fellow employees and all consumers.


Topics: engagement, theft, Loss, pain points, shrinkage

OSHA® Targets Manufacturing Industry to Reduce Amputations

OSHA®, the Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration, announced a number of major changes in 2016. And with just a few weeks left before the New Year, the administration just revealed another biggie for the manufacturing industry. In an effort to further reduce workplace amputations, a number of states are now facing a major crackdown by OSHA®. Will your job be affected? 


Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

OSHA® Proposes NEW Rule Provisions and Updates for Many Industries

In this blog -- the second in our series examining OSHA®’s recently proposed rule changes -- we’ll take a look at the organization’s remaining set of proposals. If you missed our last blog, where we summarized the first set of proposed rule changes, you can find it here.


Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha

OSHA® Proposes NEW Rule Provisions: General Industry, Construction & More

OSHA®, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, recently proposed a number of new rule provisions to the agency’s general industry, maritime, construction and recordkeeping standards.

The proposed changes are an effort to modernize OSHA standards, while saving employers millions of dollars per year. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels says that, if implemented, the new provisions will “help employers better understand their responsibilities, increase compliance and reduce compliance costs."


This blog post will take a look at the first nine of these proposed changes.


Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha

The Power of Safegagement: Engaged Companies Create More Jobs

At the conclusion of our last great recession, economists widely agreed the U.S. needed to create more jobs in order to sustain the country’s fragile economic recovery. So, how does an organization effectively create new jobs while striving to rebuild their profit margins and market share?

The answer is through SafegagementTM. Safegagement occurs when employees are fully engaged at work and, as a result, are safer and make better decisions that benefit the entire organization. A recent “State of the American Workplace” report from Gallup found employers with an engaged workforce were twice as likely to report their company was in the process of hiring new team members.


Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Communciation, Gallup Q12

OSHA® Increases Maximum Fines by 78%

Employees are the lifeblood of every organization, and their health and well-being should be the top concern for any company. They work hard and put in long hours so that your business can thrive, and the least they deserve is to work in a safe environment.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have an excellent safety awareness program in place, costly accidents are bound to occur.  

When employees are injured on the job, it doesn’t just affect the employee and their family, it affects your company’s bottom line. Your organization will see a noticeable drop in productivity, morale and even profit. 

In fact, OSHA® recently announced a substantial increase in fines for companies found to be in violation of their rules and regulations. This 78% increase marks the first time that OSHA has updated their fine structure in the past 26 years.


Topics: Employee Engagement Strategies