April 22, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers
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New Hire Luncheon

It’s WOW Wednesday! HR leaders, execs, and managers: How do you WOW the people who go above and beyond for you in your business? Or, how have you been WOWed?

Today’s WOW Wednesday comes from Carrie.
She says: “We started a ‘New Hire 6-Month Luncheon‘ where we bring new hires back in and they get meet and have lunch with senior management. They complete a questionnaire and they get to ask questions. We also provide two recognition items (a tote bag and a water bottle) with our agency logo to say thanks!”

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April 9, 2015
by Jenny Watkins
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Take an “Engagement Selfie”

Employee engagement is top of mind for everyone in HR and leadership roles these days.  ’What can we do organizationally to improve the percentage of our employees who are fully engaged at work,’ we ask ourselves.   Compensation packages, advancement opportunities, training, and – topping the list - employee recognition, all factor into an organization’s level of success in creating a culture of employee engagement.  In this Guest Post from Best-Selling Author Kevin Sheridan, we are reminded that it’s important for each of us to take a self-assessment of our own personal level of engagement as well.  What are we doing to optimize our own individual level of  zeal for our work. 

KevinSheridan Selfieby Kevin Sheridan

While watching the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, I took this “selfie” and it prompted me to think that every worker needs to regularly take an “engagement selfie.” If you’re not familiar with what this is, let me explain and empower you and your organization.

The Problem with Old Fashioned “Engagement Groupies”

Like Ellen’s famous Oscar selfie — or “groupie” as some called it — earlier this year, employers have been taking “engagement groupies” for years by conducting employee engagement surveys, which group individual responses to protect respondents’ confidentiality. In this process, responsibility for and ownership of engagement rests on the shoulders of employer, creating a paternalistic model where employees have no ownership of and responsibility for their own engagement.

Any relationship should be a two-way street. Whether it’s family, friend, club, church, temple, or community connections, the people involved must give and take to maintain healthy relationships. If one person is always taking and never giving back, others will likely feel the relationship is unbalanced and unfair.

In a work setting, a large part of employees’ engagement stems from their personal choices. I believe each of us wakes up in the morning empowered with the choice of approaching the day and our job with either optimism and engagement, negativity and disengagement, or the apathy that lies in the middle of this engagement continuum.

Are You Making Your Own Luck?

As an entrepreneur, I have a very special appreciation for the importance of self engagement. Anyone who has started a company from scratch could spend hours reciting all the challenges and barriers that threatened the ultimate success of their venture. Almost every successful entrepreneur I’ve known will credit their success to determination and perseverance during the times when all indicators suggested the venture was doomed to fail. Choosing optimism and passionate engagement is what carried them through.

“Luck is the point at which Opportunity meets Preparation,” is a quote attributed to many people, including first-century Roman philosopher Seneca and famed American media mogul Oprah. Whoever said it first had it right, though.

Think about it. Do you make an effort to make your own luck or are you waiting for it to appear from out of nowhere?

Why Every Employee Should Take an “Engagement Selfie”

New situations pose new challenges, and accepting a new challenge begins with choosing an attitude to deal with it. Instead of choosing the road to victimhood and disengagement, we can empower ourselves and choose positivity and engagement.

Try it. Take this free engagement selfie, which will confidentially reveal how engaged you are as an employee, as well as give you useful tips on what you can do on your own to become more engaged at work.

Taking engagement groupies is now passé and antiquated. Still, most organizations aren’t rebalancing ownership of employee engagement to be shared between employer and employees.

Gone are the days when all responsibility was placed on “the company man.”  It’s now time we rebalance the ownership of employee engagement by empowering employees to see how engaged they really are and get useful advice on how they themselves can have a powerful effect on their own engagement.

Kevin Sheridan has spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant and Keynote Speaker.  He has helped some of the world’s largest corporations break down detrimental processes and rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors in the process. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER®, is consistently recognized as a long overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement, and his most recent book, “Building a Magnetic Culture,” made the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-seller lists.

 

Links:

Web page: www.kevinsheridanllc.com

Twitter: @ kevinsheridan12

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinsheridan1

Email:  kevin@kevinsheridanllc.com

April 1, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers
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Tie-in Wellness Awards to Your Recognition Program

It’s WOW Wednesday! HR leaders, execs, and managers: How do you WOW the people who go above and beyond for you in your business? Or, how have you been WOWed?

Today’s WOW Wednesday comes from Jason.
He says: “We have started to tie our recognition program into our wellness program. We started implementing health-conscious awards such as water bottles, fitness watches, etc. for accomplishing corporate wellness challenges.”

Share your own “WOW Wednesday” tip or story. Leave a comment here or post on Terryberry’s Facebook Page or Twitter using hashtag #WOWWED. Make it a WOW day!

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March 31, 2015
by Jenny Watkins
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Adventure in the Wild West – Treasure Lost and Found, with Terryberry Twist!

by Walt Chrisman, Terryberry Business Development Manager, Southwestern United States

Wesley

This past February my son, Wesley Chrisman, went with his Boy Scout Troop 148 to Boyd Ranch Community Equestrian and Nature Park to work on an Eagle project.  They would be building an equestrian obstacle course.  Boyd Ranch is owned by the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ and this is the third year in a row that our troop has completed an Eagle project at the ranch, improving the trails and orchard.

We set out for a Wild West Adventure that Friday, and we got even more than we bargained for.

Our Boy Scout Troop arrived at the ranch Friday afternoon and set-up camp.  Saturday morning, 12-year old Wesley got up and went to help prepare breakfast for the troop.  He was cutting across the desert on his way back to the tent when he stopped to tie his shoe.

As he stood up, something in the dirt caught his eye. He picked it up and discovered it was a gold ring with diamonds!

Wesley brought the ring back to the tent to show me.

“Guess what I found?” he exclaimed.

I soon as I saw it I knew what it was. A quick glance inside the band of the ring confirmed it was a Terryberry award ring.

I said to my son, “Do you know what this is?”

“Yeah, a gold ring with diamonds!” Wesley said.

I explained that this was a Terryberry ring and that we were going to be able to find out who lost this and return it to him.  The disappointment of realizing he wasn’t going to be able to keep his new found treasure was soon replaced by the excitement and adventure of finding out who the ring belonged to and returning it.

We began to look for clues about the mysterious ring.

Who was the owner of this valuable piece of  custom jewelry?  Why had it been made? When was it lost?  We had lots of questions, and so far, very few answers. But that was all about to change as this strange story unfolded.

The owner’s initials T.B.O had been engraved inside the band.  The ring design also included the company name Glenfair Lanes.

Back in the office on Monday, I began sleuthing.  I dug through the Terryberry archives to find the company’s order history.  It turned out that the ring Wesley had found was made exactly 25 years ago in March of 1990! It had belonged to Tom B. Ogden, the owner of Glenfair Lanes bowling alley in Glendale, AZ.  An internet search revealed that Glenfair Lanes is still a thriving business.  A short phone call later, and I had been informed that Tom Ogden had passed away a few years ago, with no known family in the area.

Not quite sure what to do next, I went back to the internet hoping to find an archived obituary that could tell me more about Mr. Ogden.  I was surprised when I actually found one.  I learned that Tom had passed away in November of 2012, that he was actually born in Grand Rapids, MI (where Terryberry is headquartered) and that he was in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to moving to Arizona.

Tom was a businessman and enjoyed the Wickenburg area. He was a member of the Desert Caballeros and had completed his 50th year ride. He was also a member of the White Mountain Range Ride.

This was all very interesting, but what really jumped out at me was the suggestion that any memorial contributions in Tom’s memory be made to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ!  This brought the story full-circle, as this is the museum that owned the ranch that we were working at.  Tom obviously spent time there as well and supported the museum and ranch.

When I told this story to Mike Byam, Terryberry’s Managing Partner, Mike revealed yet another amazing coincidence in this unlikely web of events.

Mike’s grandfather, Parker Terryberry, was known to frequently drive from his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Wickenburg, AZ to spend time at…wait for it…a dude ranch where he went horseback riding.  Was it the same dude ranch where Mr. Ogden lost his ring?  We may never know, but the string of clues in this exciting story continues.

Since I wasn’t able to contact Tom or any of his family, I contacted the Committee Chair for Boyd Ranch, Tom Watt.  Tom was actually out at the ranch the previous Saturday night addressing the Scout Troop and thanking them for the projects and hard work they put in at the ranch.  When I got a hold of Tom he couldn’t believe the story.  He said he did know Tom Ogden and shared some stories about him and some of their rides together.  He was very appreciative of us trying to return the ring.  I told him that Wesley and I would drive back out to Wickenburg to visit the museum and bring him the ring.  He said he would do his best to locate any of Tom’s family to see if they would like the ring or donate to the museum.  I told him that was a great idea and either way it would end up back with the family or the ring’s value could go towards benefiting the museum.

The only unanswered question that remained is how long ago the ring was lost, waiting out in the desert elements until Wesley came walking along.

WaltChrisman Thumb For 25 years, Walt Chrisman has been the Western Regional Business Development Manager for Terryberry.  He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Cathy and his three children, Wesley, Abigail, and William.

March 31, 2015
by Jenny Watkins
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NSF International – An Employee Recognition Case Study

NSFcasestudyBusiness experts agree that an organization can have a great product, a bullet-proof business plan, and top-notch marketing, yet all of these components are not enough to ensure success.  Without engaged employees, organizations will struggle to prosper.

As a result, CEOs are on the hunt for the silver bullet to help them gain the edge when it comes to engaging their people with the mission, vision and values of the business.  It turns out that the throwing money and perks at employees is not the answer to the employee engagement question.

Studies show that the #1 driver of employee engagement is very simple and costs almost nothing.  Employees want recognition for their contributions.

NSF International, a fast-growing public health and safety organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is taking employee recognition seriously. Knowing that employees thrive on being recognized for their contributions, and wanting to demonstrate the high value they place on their people, NSF International has built a progressive employee recognition program that harnesses power of employee appreciation built on their seven core values.

The program reaches all of their 2,100+ employees located across the globe including the US, Canada, China, South Africa the UK and India.  Since the greatest challenge with employee recognition is giving employees enough of it, NSF implemented a process whereby anyone in the organization could recognize any employeeanywhere among their worldwide locations, anytime an employee is seen demonstrating NSF’s core values.

NSF acknowledged the importance of getting managers’ support and participation for their employee recognition program, so they’ve taken a proactive approach to educate managers on the value of the program.  Take a look at this fun video NSF’s HR department developed to communicate “what’s in it for them” to their front line managers to get ideas for your own organization on how to encourage manager participation in your recognition program.

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Join us May 13, as Terryberry’s Mike Byam interviews NSF’s Julie Woodruff about the development, launch and promotion of their ground-breaking employee recognition program.  Learn real-world strategies from NSF’s case study that you can apply in your own organization. Register  Today.