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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?  

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, Employee Appreciation

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.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Communication, Safegagement, Employee Appreciation

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:

  • Builds self-esteem

  • 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

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, years of service awards, Employee Appreciation, years of service

“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.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, people are everything, Employee Appreciation, years of service

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.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Appreciation, work anniversary, years of service, employee milestones

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:

  1. Is open to suggestions and personalization
  2. Is always moving forward with the generational transitions
  3. Can lead you with today’s best practices
  4. 100% on-time and
  5. Complete

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.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Service Awards, Employee Recognition Strategies

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.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Health & Wellness Programs, Employee Well-being, Culture of Engagement, wellness

Years of Service Programs Create Lower Employee Turn-Over, but...

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Topics: Employee Recognition, peer-to-peer-recognition, Employee Appreciation, Employee Awards, years of service

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.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Culture of Engagement, peer-to-peer-recognition, Employee Appreciation, work anniversary, years of service, employee milestones

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. 

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Service Awards, Employee Recognition Strategies, work anniversary, years of service, employee milestones

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