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What is Total Recognition and How Can It Improve Employee Engagement?

Employee engagement is all about creating a culture that ensures employees feel they have what it takes and everything they need to give their all during the workday. It aims to define how committed employees are to company goals and success, as well as their own personal growth within the company. 

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Topics: Budget Control, Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies

Giving Employees Gifts During the Holidays: How We Do It

For some reason, sitting down to write about what to give employees for holiday gifts gave me writer's block. It all seemed so boring and overdone. I just couldn’t seem to find the direction I wanted to go. 

Then I realized, I work at an employee recognition company who specializes, in part, regarding employee holiday gifts. I am writing about employee recognition programs, why don’t I write about how MY actual company celebrates its own actual employees during the holiday season and provide examples of unique corporate gift ideas.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Holiday, Employee Recognition Strategies

Getting In-depth with the Gallup Q12 Employee Surveys



The importance of keeping your employees emotionally engaged in your organization is a constant theme in our Thought Leadership blogs and more recently in our highly popular wall chart, 35 Ways to Influence Corporate Culture and Increase the Bottom Line.

At C.A. Short Company, we have found ourselves often referencing Gallup’s report, “State of the American Workplace,” as it relates to the need for active employee engagement. As part of our recent informative blog series, we’ve regularly pointed to results from Gallup’s Q12 measurements from employee surveys and how they can allow for such effective solutions to be drawn up.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Communciation, Gallup Q12

10 Employee Engagement Statistics Affecting Your Business

 

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

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

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

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

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

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