October 9, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

Storyboarding Company Successes Through Employee Recognition

three young business girls team in office

What sets great organizations apart from the rest?  Top organizations have a higher ratio of employees who understand the company’s goals and are personally invested in the company’s success.

Today’s employee recognition platforms have evolved to better encourage employee engagement on that level.  Effective recognition reinforces the organization’s goals by highlighting actions of employees, and connects team-members personally with how they contribute to shared success. Terryberry’s 360 Recognition Platform helps create a culture of engagement through several innovative features:
  • The platform creates an ongoing storyboard of the successes and achievements within a business.  Each new recognition is shared within the group and added to the “story.”
  • Peer nominations reinforce company goals. Each nomination is connected to one of the organization’s objectives.
  • The platform creates one hub to manage and display recognition of all types, including service awards, peer nominations, and performance points.
  • Recognition can be given at multiple value levels: from daily appreciation without monetary reward to significant awards for top contributions.
  • The platform makes recognition visible and simple to give, so that more of the achievements and contributions are recognized.  
Want to learn more? Contact us for a Demo.


October 8, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

Recognition Bulletin for HR – Fall 2014 Edition

Get up to speed on the latest trends, products, and best practices in employee recognition from Terryberry in the Fall issue of the Recognition Bulletin. Here’s what’s inside:


  • New Products Spotlight: Recognition Collection 2015 and The Folio
  • 5 Key Lessons on Employee Engagement from The Boys in the Boat, Feature Article by Kevin Sheridan
  • Storyboarding Company Successes Through Employee Recognition
  • Plan Now: Holiday Recognition
  • Attending the HR Tech Conference – Visit Terryberry’s Booth 1148

Read the full newsletter.

September 15, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

Harness the Power of Gratitude for Success in Life and Business

Terryberry is pleased to host Author Lisa Ryan for an inspiring and informational webinar for HR professionals and business leaders: “Harnessing the Power of Gratitude for Success in Life and Business”

 Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Free Webcast

Join us as Terryberry’s Mike Byam hosts Lisa Ryan founder of Grategy.com and author of “The Upside of Down Times, Discovering the Power of Gratitude” for an exclusive webinar that will leave you challenged and changed.
Course Description:
In this 60-minute webcast, Lisa Ryan shares strategies from her book that will reveal how to harness the power of a life of gratitude to achieve results that S.H.O.W…in your Self, your Health, relationships with Others, and growing Wealth.You will learn…
• What research shows about how practicing gratitude can make you happier
• How a work-style of gratitude can have a tangible impact on your business’s bottom line
• Practical ideas to help your organization embrace a culture of gratitude in the workplaceNot only that, but Lisa and Mike will address your questions from the audience about how to develop a culture of gratitude that positively impacts your business.About Lisa Ryan:
Lisa Ryan is an award-winning speaker, and best-selling author of six books including, “The Upside of Down Times: Discovering the Power of Gratitude.”  She is Founder and Chief Appreciation Strategist at Grategy and works with organizations, corporations and non-profits to help keep their top talent and best customers from becoming someone else’s. She achieves this by providing high-content, interactive and fun keynotes, workshops and seminars. Her twenty-two year sales career included executive recruiting/staffing, industrial/manufacturing and healthcare. Lisa serves on the board of the Ohio Chapter of the National Speakers Association. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA in marketing. She and her husband Scott are the proud parents of three very spoiled cats.


Lisa Ryan
Author and Founder of Grategy





Mike Byam
Managing Partner




This webcast is free, but space is limited, so register today!

August 19, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

Creating a Culture of Engagement Through Recognition

Terryberry and Modern Survey partner to present an informative webinar for HR professionals and business leaders: “Creating a Culture of Engagement through Recognition”

 Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Free Webcast

In this webcast, join Mike Byam, Managing Partner of Terryberry and Don MacPherson, President of Modern Survey in a deep-dive into the latest employee engagement data and discussion about how to fuel better engagement in your organization.
Course Description:
Do your employees report a strong sense of purpose at your organization? Do they trust senior management and have confidence that the organization is moving in the right direction? Does everyone — from the CEO on down — feel like they are contributing to the company’s success?
These are some of the hallmarks of a culture of engagement. If employees — from the C-level to the rank and file — aren’t engaged, business performance suffers, workplace safety can be compromised, and turnover is high. In a culture of engagement, employees have a clear idea of the organization’s purpose, its plan and how it will accomplish its goals. Sadly though, the vast majority of employees – over 60% – in the United States are under engaged or disengaged. This level of apathy is a significant barrier to organizations and an incredible opportunity for HR professionals.
Imagine if you were able to be the catalyst at your organization as you transformed attitudes from apathy to passion, accountability, commitment, and high-level performance. This webinar will look at how organizations can address and boost engagement through employee recognition and how human resources can serve as that important catalyst in making this happen. Attendees will also learn why involvement of the organization as a whole, leaders at all levels, and individual employees is crucial in creating a culture of employee engagement. The data may be discouraging, however, after attending this webinar, you will have a clear road map for helping your organization create a culture of employee engagement.

blog_headshotDon MacPherson
President & Co-Founder
Modern Survey





Mike Byam
Managing Partner




This webcast is free, but space is limited, so register today!

August 7, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

The Art of Employee Engagement: 6 Simple Strategies That Reap Real Rewards

Employee engagement is crucial to business success.  But how can managers develop personal leadership habits that lead to engagement within their teams?  In this post, Lisa Ryan shares six essential traits that every leader can develop to impact their group in a meaningful way. THANKS to Lisa Ryan for the inspiring and actionable post!

Want to hear more? Join Terryberry’s Mike Byam and Grategy’s Lisa Ryan for a free webcast on September 18: HARNESSING THE POWER OF GRATITUDE FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE AND BUSINESS.  Register here.

by Lisa Ryan, founder of Grategy
RyanBookHow would you react if someone suggested that you get to know your staff by taking one of them to lunch every day until you met with everyone in your department?  Would you be willing to meet with your employees one-on-one for at least fifteen minutes to get to know more about them?  What about simply showing interest in the people that work for you? These are some of the approaches that are utilized by successful leaders with the benefits of greater loyalty, engagement, and commitment from their employees.

Sound crazy? Are you thinking that you just don’t have the time to invest in this? Well, what are your options? Think about it, people don’t leave their jobs – they leave their bosses.  When your employees feel that they are a valuable part of your organization, they stay.  When they don’t, they leave, and you risk losing your best and brightest talent.

By implementing a few simple strategies, you and your organization will receive huge payoffs in your employee retention, satisfaction, and performance.

Here are six ways you can take your T.H.A.N.K.S. to the bank:

T = TRUST is the foundation of a productive work environment; without it, nothing else matters. An organization’s leadership team builds employee confidence by emphasizing mutual goals, sharing corporate missions and values, and treating staff members as partners. Getting feedback and buy-in from employees when implementing new processes also plays an important role in developing confidence in management.

H = HELP your staff envision their career path within the organization. A clear and concise career path is one of the biggest factors for improving employee retention.  Schedule regular meetings with your employees to find out what’s working for them, and what’s not.  Create a safe environment for them to openly share their feedback with you.  Care about your staff’s careers, and they will care more for your company.

A = APPLAUD the efforts of your team members.  What gets recognized gets repeated, so make sure to be specific in your praise.  Let your employees know how their individual actions are beneficial to your firm. A handwritten note goes a long way in giving your employees tangible “proof” of their contributions. Make sure you acknowledge your employees in the manner in which THEY want to be recognized.

N = NAVIGATE the work/life balance. Whether your employees are dealing with young children, aging parents or anything in between, look for ways you can accommodate how the work gets done.  Pay more attention to the outcome than the means of finishing the job.  Working within your employees’ timeframes helps them to be more productive; they are able to focus on the job at hand and not be distracted by all that is going on in their personal lives.

K = KNOW your staff. When you show interest in, and listen to your team members, they feel more connected to the organization.  Meet them where they are:  if they are open to sharing, pay attention to what they’re saying; if they want to keep their personal lives personal, don’t pry.  Simply asking a few general but somewhat personal questions, in a safe environment, makes a positive impression and creates a more open culture.

S = SERVE your team. Look ways to provide reinforcement for your staff. If you see someone struggling with an assignment, pitch in and assist them. Once the leadership team shifts from ignoring employee issues to jumping into the trenches with them, management generates a spirit of collaboration that permeates the organization. Encourage, energize, empathize, and most of all, lead with your heart.

When your employees TRUST you, they will perform at a higher level. When you HELP them envision their career path, they engage. When you APPLAUD their efforts, they are proud to work for you. When you help them NAVIGATE work and life balance issues, you reduce their stress. When you get to KNOW them, you make your employees feel significant. And, when you SERVE them, they feel included in the process. Harness the power of T.H.A.N.K.S. and your organization will reap the rewards.


 As Founder of Grategy, Lisa Ryan works with organizations to create stronger employee and customer engagement, retention and satisfaction.  Her proven gratitude strategies (Grategies) lead to increased productivity, passion and profits. She is the author of six books, and co-stars in two documentaries: the award-winning: “The Keeper of the Keys,” and “The Gratitude Experiment.”   To learn more, visit www.grategy.com.