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 a Safegagement Program Helps the Food Industry Meet Goals

When it comes to “safety” in the food processing industry, consumers likely associate that term with the quality of the food produced – but industry insiders know that you have to worry about keeping more than just the food safe. You’re also responsible for ensuring the well-being of every worker!  

In addition to the ethical and legal obligations of maintaining a safe working environment, there are many benefits of keeping your team injury-free. Most notably, perhaps, is that it impacts your bottom line. After all, the costs associated with safety incidents must be reconciled. This usually occurs by increasing the shelf price for consumers, which commonly results in less goods sold.

Luckily, this can all be avoided by taking proper safety precautions and making sure that your team is fully engaged at all times. One of the best ways to achieve this is by implementing a comprehensive Safegagement strategy.


Topics: Food Processing & Distribution, Employee Engagement Strategies, Safegagement

7 Ingredients to Employee Engagement in the Food Processing Industry

The food processing industry is unique, not only because is it regulated by OSHA, but it's also regulated by either the FDA or the USDA. Therefore, it is crucial for employees to know and understand what guidelines must be followed in order to run a safe and productive business.

Engage Employees with 7 Key Ingredients

With this in mind, and using Recognition Professionals International (RPI) 7 Best Practice Standards, I have assembled a recipe of success of how to implement an effective employee engagement program that creates a positive atmosphere and aligns with company goals. 


Topics: Employee Engagement, Food Processing & Distribution, Employee Engagement Strategies

8 Ways to Recognize & Engage Employees Who are on the Road

This blog post is the 2nd in a series of five blog posts about creating driver engagement.

Driving and achieving employee engagement with employees that predominately work outside of the office or over the road is a tough task to accomplish, but is very feasible to attain. Specifically regarding employee engagement in the transportation industry, it just takes a little more effort.

Communication is the Key to Driver Engagement

Start by making a conscious effort to touch base with and engage employees, at least once per week, to see how their week is going and if there is anything you can do serve their overall work performance. When your employees see that communication efforts are being made and they're being engaged in a meaningful conversation, they will feel as though their best interests, contributions, and work performance matter to senior management and the company as a whole.


Topics: Employee Engagement, Transportation

Driver Engagement & Technology: Logging Safe Driving Hours

This blog post is the 1st in a series of five blog posts about creating driver engagement.

The Role of Technology in Driver Engagement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates organizations based on the hours of service (HOS) that are placed on drivers to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue and to ensure that proper protocol is being followed regarding hours spent on the road. Manual log books have long been the way drivers have been expected to account for their duty status. However, with the advent of new technologies such as electronic on-board recorders (EOBR), most of the responsibility has been taken off of the driver while making the duty status process less susceptible to falsification.

This shift is a great thing for all parties involved, right?


Topics: Safety, Employee Engagement, Transportation

How to Engage & Recognize Your Manufacturing Industry Workforce

Focus and Objective of Employee Recognition

Often, people can inadvertently focus on the wrong things in regard to employee recognition. 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 of 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

How to Use Tools & Reporting in Your Employee Recognition Strategy

The Need for Employee Recognition Programs

For many years, Human Resource Professionals have been implementing employee recognition programs as an added benefit for employees. The most common employee recognition program has always been the Years of Service Award. However, in today’s work environment, if you are waiting five years to recognize a new hire, there is a high probability that person won’t be working for you when that five-year anniversary comes around. In order to retain talent and increase employee engagement, more and more organizations are looking for new and innovative ways to recognize, reward and retain their employees.


Topics: Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Engagement Strategies

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