{Re}opening. {Re}connecting. {Re}turning to the Workplace. It’s a hot topic among employees today; “when are we going back to the office?” Returning to the workplace for people who have been working remotely for the past year can be considered either exciting or scary (or inconsequential). Incentive Services University is always looking for positive examples in […]

We often hear people discuss the challenges of planning their recognition strategy for well-rounded teams of different generations. But with challenge comes opportunity to better embrace the collective positive experiences of working alongside a team of people, no matter when they were born. It’s all about understanding motivators and what makes people tick. So, when […]

There has never been a time in history when diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has been more important to company culture than now. The heightened focus, plus the desire of company leaders to directly address the impact on and for their teams, creates an opportunity to bring about change; and an opportunity to develop the […]

A hire-to-retire strategy in the context of recognition and rewards is the idea that celebrating employees isn’t just a singular event; it’s using your recognition strategy to formalize the connections you have with your employees throughout their entire journey with your company – from the time they are onboarded to the time they retire. Think […]

The Role of Virtual Engagement in a Non-Virtual Culture. Companies have become extremely creative at keeping their remote employees engaged by ramping up their virtual engagement strategies. However, many people are not “working from wherever.” They are still showing up to work in healthcare, retail, and other essential businesses. Is it possible to apply some […]

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Employee recognition has never been more important. A new study in late 2020 reported that less than a quarter of employees felt supported during the pandemic outbreak and nearly half surveyed didn’t feel recognized for their work. The report also noted that 35% of employees are looking for more appreciation. However, on a positive note, […]

2020. It’s been a lot. But, despite all the negativity, there are many positive ways companies have improved their employees’ experience. And, it’s even more inspiring to know that they’re evolving their company culture for the long run. Successful leaders have found that engaging the family, understanding what employees really want/need and recognizing individuals with […]

Creating a Culture of Resilience – Among the myriad challenges that HR has faced throughout 2020, employee burnout is a topic now dominating headlines. While the World Health Organization added employee burnout as an official mental health concern in 2019, this year has certainly exacerbated and brought awareness to this very real issue that organizations […]

Holiday Gratitude Inspires Success The holidays are traditionally a time to reflect on the year that has been and look forward to the year ahead. While holiday cheer may be tough for some to muster after a year that has given us so many unprecedented challenges, it is still the perfect time to pause and […]

Culture, it’s your most important job. As a leader, you have an incredible opportunity to inspire and change someone’s life every single day. An opportunity you should never take for granted. -Leadership First Leaders have both the responsibility and the opportunity to contribute to a positive culture. Involved leaders energize and encourage their teams, developing […]

Keeping Teams Connected Blog Post

Keeping Teams Connected Many organizations have implemented remote working strategies to keep up with the changing world. With this change comes challenges in finding new ways to elevate culture, motivate employees, and keep teams connected. Virtual recognition and social connections have become integral to engaging employees, bringing teams together, and inspiring performance. Finding a balance […]

Trends in Foundational Service Award Programs

Trends & Best Practices: Foundational Years of Service Programs The world changed overnight and the way we work, and will continue to work, has been impacted. Organizations are tasked with finding innovative ways to keep employees connected and to move their cultures forward. Studies have long shown that well-planned employee recognition programs not only engage […]