Holiday Recognition: Sparking Enthusiasm and a Sense of Purpose

Holidays mean different things to different people, but gratitude, no matter how you translate it, is a universal connector. Gratitude and recognition will ALWAYS make the holidays bright for everyone.

The end-of-the-year holiday season is an ideal time to spark your teammates’ enthusiasm and recognize their accomplishments, while ensuring they understand how valuable their contributions are to your organization. Investing time and energy into employee recognition and gratitude during the holiday season can be paramount in positively impacting employee engagement and inspiring motivation for the new year.

Learn how you can take advantage of the energy and excitement during the holidays and get employees in the mode of gratitude.






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Why Measures Matter: Examining the value of ROI.

In the last of our three-part series on strategic measurement for recognition strategies, we’re examining return on investment (ROI) – a measure that indicates the financial return of a recognition strategy. Arguably one of the most prevalent, universally understandable and accepted measures of success, ROI can be calculated differently based on business models, programs, or circumstantial situations.

So why measure ROI? As it relates to your recognition program, understanding whether it is worth the investment is probably the biggest reason. As we shared in Part 2, when evaluating the impact of your recognition strategy, ROO and ROI go hand in hand. It’s great that you may have a program or strategy in place, and you may have some ROO measures that look positive, now the next piece is determining if your strategy is bringing in a return on that investment.

Learn how calculating the ROO and ROI of your recognition strategy will provide the foundation that shapes your company culture for the long-term engagement of your employees.






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Why Measures Matter: Examining the value of ROO.

Return on objective (ROO) focuses on defining and achieving specific measurable objectives. Traditionally, ROO has been considered an alternative success metric – another way of analyzing the effectiveness of a program/campaign/strategy. In fact, ROO goes hand in hand with ROI, and enables your organization to make informed decisions for continuous improvement and also gain an understanding of how your investment is going.

Having a solid measurement plan around your recognition strategy (of which ROO is one part) means you can clearly make your case with relevant data showing that it’s not just for HR, but for the greater good of the company. Determining the right objectives to put in place for your overall ROO is key – measuring without context or without a plan to do something with your data won’t tell you the bigger picture.

Learn how to define your ROO to make a long-term impact on the culture of your organization!






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Why Measures Matter:
Making the case for strategic recognition.

It’s not uncommon for organizations to find their recognition programs disconnected from one another. Different departments, leadership, and management styles want to implement their own initiatives, creating more of a pop-up programmatic culture. These programs often end up being short lived and ineffective in developing long-term employee engagement.

The solution is to take a strategic approach to recognition with a supportive framework that is more than just a series of touchpoints here and there. One of the most critical components of transforming a recognition program into a recognition strategy is around measurement – and being able to make decisions based on data rather than gut. The good news is that it’s easy to put measures in place that allow you to test, learn and modify your plans accordingly to develop the perfect strategy.

A measurements-based, outcome-focused recognition program will create align and integrate efforts across your entire system, ensuring engaged employees and affecting organizational change.

Check out some measurements that matter to your organization and learn how to implement them into your recognition program!






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{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 the workplace, and in the past year, there were many positive ways companies improved their employees’ experiences. Better yet, these evolutions morphed into changes for the better within the workplace.

Learn more about how to how to help your employees have a smooth transition back to the office, and how to keep your engagement efforts working here!






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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 of these virtual engagement strategies to your on-site team? Absolutely! Virtual engagement is still relevant and important to building a strong employee experience for those who are still going to work outside of their home.

Check out virtual engagement strategies and best practices being utilized by top organizations across the country here!



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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 creativity and authenticity makes a big difference!

Check out a few of the impactful, creative, and smile worthy initiatives noteworthy organizations are utilizing here!

What will you do to improve your employee engagement in 2021?






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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 connections and empowering education and growth. By acknowledging employee value through moments of encouragement and recognition, leaders can cultivate positive relationships and experiences that inspire results.

What can your organization do to keep your teams connected and make the workplace shift work for you? Learn more!






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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 your employees, but also directly impact your company’s bottom line. Service anniversary and retirement award programs are traditionally the cornerstone of a well-planned recognition strategy. In the new normal, a few trends are quickly emerging or have quickly advanced the trends that have been unfolding for the past few years.

What are these trends and how can they help your organization?
Learn more!





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The benefits of promoting employee engagement are wide-reaching. By focusing on employee engagement and satisfaction, you impact not only your employees but your customers and organization. The reality is that your people are critical to the success of your organization, and it’s your job to treat them as such.

One benefit you can expect of engaged employees is that they are more likely to care about and stay with your organization longer. Employee loyalty saves costs on recruiting, onboarding, and training.

How does employee engagement impact your organization and what other benefits you can expect from an engaged team? Learn more!



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