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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.


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

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.


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. 


Topics: Employee Recognition, Healthcare, Employee Recognition Strategies

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.


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

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

4 Tips to Engage Your Remote or Contract Workforce in 2021

For employees, March of 2020’s sudden remote transition meant navigating the waters of turning their homes into their offices, learning what Zoom fatigue really means, and what to do when their child (furry or non) "interrupts" their meeting for the third time.

According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic would like to continue to.

You may be asking yourself, can my employees get as much done while working from their kitchen table? And the answer is yes, but their productivity levels could be even higher than pre-pandemic levels if they are engaged.


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

How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day Using Cheers for Peers

Each year on March 5, employers in the U.S. celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. It allows you to show your employees how much you value the work they do for your organization each day. There are no rules for this non-official celebratory day besides letting people know their value.

At C.A. Short, we celebrate workers on that same date. However, we focus on peer recognition through the increasingly observed Cheers for Peers Day, which has also become a nationally recognized, yet non-official professional appreciation day. Showing employee appreciation is the same for both days, but the method of doing so is somewhat different.

If you are thinking about switching over to Cheers for Peers this coming March 5, now is the time to discuss it and plan.

Here are some thoughts we want to share to get started.


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

How to Tackle Peer-to-Peer Recognition and Social Recognition

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 in the most meaningful way? Let’s first start off by exploring what peer-to-peer recognition means.


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

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


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

The Importance of Employee Recognition and the 5 Elements of a Successful Service Award Program

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. 


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