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Last Minute Ideas to Celebrate Customer Service Week [October 4-8, 2021]

National Customer Service Week (NCSW) has been celebrated during the first full business week in October for more than 30 years.

This year’s theme is Celebrating the Heart of Service. Customer-facing employees play a vital role in developing life-long customers.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Communciation, Celebrate Customer Service

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.

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

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.

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Topics: Employee Recognition

2022 Healthcare Awareness &  Recognition Calendar

Throughout 2022, there are key days, weeks, and months dedicated to generating awareness for important health topics and 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.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Healthcare

5 Ways to Recognize Your Staff During National Nurses and Hospital Week 2022 (May 6-12; 9-15)

National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2022) and National Hospital Week (May 9-15, 2022) is the perfect time to give your healthcare employee an extra dose of appreciation.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Healthcare, Nurses, Healthcare Industry, Employee Appreciation

10 Ideas to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day (March 4, 2022)

Appreciation is a simple idea. Yet for busy and stressed-out leaders, it can be easy to put appreciation at the end of a to-do list. 

After all the hardships, uncertainty, and lack of face-to-face communication we've faced during the pandemic, showing appreciation to your employees on March 4 will be even more impactful.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Holiday, Employee Recognition Strategies

8 Ideas to Appreciate Nurses During National Nurses Week [May 6-12, 2021]

American Nurses Association (ANA)’s National Nurses Week is celebrated each year from May 6th through May 12th. 

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Healthcare, Employee Recognition Strategies

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.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Healthcare

Years of Service: Traditional Work Anniversary Awards


Part 1: The importance of celebrating work anniversaries with Years of Service awards

Part 2: Best practices for celebrating work anniversaries with years of service awards

Part 3: Working with a SaaS provider to implement your YOS awards

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, years of service awards

Using Budget Control Pricing for Employee Recognition

C.A. Short is often asked the question, “Is it possible for you to give me a total cost analysis, down to the penny for our service award program?”. Most companies are shocked when our team is able to confidently answer them and say, “Yes, we can!”. 

The reason that organizations are surprised is that most employee recognition companies use what is called an “average pricing” model when designing service award programs. C.A. Short prefers to design employee recognition platforms with “budget control” pricing. Using this method means we are able to give our partners an exact number of what they can expect to spend and provide finite examples of rewards that are within their budget. In our opinion, this “average pricing” model is antiquated and, honestly, pretty deceptive.

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Topics: Budget Control, Employee Recognition, Service Awards, Employee Recognition Strategies