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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

How to Encourage Peer 2 Peer Employee Recognition in the Workplace

Engaging employees and providing real-time recognition can be a challenge. There are many questions to consider such as, what are the best tools to boost employee engagement? How can you encourage peer-to-peer recognition the most meaningful way? Should you leverage social media to increase engagement? 

It's Not Magic; It's a Software Platform

Fortunately, implementing an employee recognition software platform can alleviate your concerns. Utilizing a recognition platform allows you to design a program that brings total recognition to the forefront of your workforce by adding processes that promote genuine appreciation between peers, in a relaxed and social atmosphere. 

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, peer-to-peer-recognition

The 5 Elements of Employee Recognition

The Importance of Employee Recognition

There are few things in the corporate world that I would consider “fun.” Most days are chock full of meetings, conference calls, and emails. However, recognizing your employees for achieving a service award milestone, is one of those things that should be a highlight of your day. It should be a chance for you to take a moment to show sincere appreciation for all your employees do for you and your organization. What is unfortunate is that many organizations have not created a strategic employee service award program that creates a culture of recognition within the workplace. By not providing employee recognition training, and not having a formal process in place, many times what should be a fun experience for all, is looked at as more of a burden or waste of time & money.

A quick story. I worked at an organization for about 5½ years right out of college. On the anniversary of my 5 years of service, I received an envelope on my desk with no explanation, my name misspelled, and a small coffee stain on the right corner. I honestly thought I was getting fired in the most inappropriate way I could imagine. As I cautiously opened the envelope I saw a letter from the CEO thanking me for 5 years of service and a small catalog of awards to choose from. The catalog consisted of 5 branded trinkets ranging from a stress ball to a hat. To top it off, it was going to take nearly 4 weeks for me to get the hat. I left the office that day feeling less appreciated than I did the day before. I felt defeated and unappreciated for the 5 years and countless hours of overtime I had given that company.

So, the point of the story is, just because your company has a Service Award Program, doesn’t mean that it is well-structured, nor that it is having the impact on your employees that you believe that it is. In fact, it could be doing more harm than good.

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

Years of Service Awards: Critical to Building a Culture of Employee Recognition

A Personal Touch to Employee Service Awards

Here’s the thing. Technology makes all of our lives easier. We couldn’t do business without email, computers, and cell phones. No one is denying that it’s probably a bit more cost effective, and definitely quicker to offer everything via the Internet. However, we think that some aspects of business, including employee recognition, should be more personal than a simple email announcement. Do more than tell your employees they matter — show them. It's all about creating memories that last a lifetime.

The Importance of a Years of Service Award

A Years of Service Award Program is about more than just getting a gift for sticking around. A systematic service award program encompasses the event, the award, and the recognition experience. By providing tangible, personalized presentation options that fit with the organizational culture and budget, you are able to maximize the impact and improve overall satisfaction of the program itself.

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

10 Creative Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

Studies have shown repeatedly that an atmosphere of encouragement and appreciation has a huge impact on employee performance, engagement and retention. Simple, yet personal methods for recognizing the work of your employees is the way to gain traction in these areas. Let’s take a look at ten creative, high value ideas for showing employee appreciation and promoting a healthy, purposeful atmosphere within the ranks.

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

What Programs Should You Include in Your Employee Recognition Platform?

Show Employees They Are Valued

Do you remember the economic crash in 2008? Did that affect your company? Did you lose good employees? 
Whether you remember or not, another "crash" could be looming. History is doomed to repeat itself. Look to recession proof your culture...
 
Implementing an Employee Recognition Platform provides you with the avenues you need to acknowledge your employees quickly and easily outside of the standard programs such as Years of Service , birthdays, or other common performance incentives.
 
Employee recognition is one of the easiest ways to ensure we're prepared for any potential downturn in the market or within our own organizations. We’re quickly moving into the future. Having strong, dedicated, committed people will help us weather the potential storms ahead.
 
Maintaining employees doesn’t just come down to salary; they need to feel valued, purposeful. This is why we developed our Employee Recognition Platform .
 
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Topics: Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies

Employee Recognition: What It Is, Why Awards Matter, and Appreciation Ideas You Can Use


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Topics: Total Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Appreciation, Incentive Programs, Employee Awards

Great Ideas for Service Award Banquet Themes

 

Your company gets it. You know your employees are the lifeblood of your organization; you understand how important it is to reward them for their hard work; and you realize just how critical it is to recognize your team for their years of service.

But when it comes to throwing a great service award banquet that makes a lasting impact, you could use a little help. Good news, C.A. Short Company has you covered with three ideas that are sure to be big hits!

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

Learning From United: Values-Based Incentives vs. Lottery Rewards

Last week, United Airlines announced their plans to replace quarterly bonuses with a lottery rewards program. As you might imagine, their employees didn’t react favorably. In fact, the backlash was so severe, the company was forced to pause their plans almost immediately.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Appreciation

The Real Key to Employee Engagement Is Instant Values-Based Recognition

 

14,200,000. That’s how many results come up when you search for “employee engagement” on Google. 

As of late, there has been an explosion of interest when it comes to employee engagement. And, that’s with good reason. Reduced turnover rates, increased productivity, decreased safety incidents -- these are just a few of the benefits companies experience by focusing on employee engagement.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Instant Award Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, Culture of Engagement, Appreciation

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