February 24, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

It’s an Honor to Do This Every Day

Boyd Aluminum

Feelin’ the love!  This is exactly why we do what we do at Terryberry–helping great companies like Boyd Aluminum Manufacturing Company honor their great employees.  Thank you Erin at Boyd Aluminum  for the big dose of encouragement!   Keep Shining!

Why did you decide to implement a recognition program?

Boyd is an company that truly cares for its employees but we have never had a formalized/informal way to truly recognize and honor employees. We thought that it would be a good time to start recognition initiatives as we grow.

What factors did you consider when choosing a partner for your employee recognition program?

I wanted a company that provided professional and reliable service and advice. I also wanted one that was easy to work with and understood my company’s needs.

Why did you choose Terryberry?

Terryberry seemed to be very professional and provide quality products, service, and advice. I liked the prompt help I received and the continued communication which made me feel like my company was truly being taken care of.

So far, it has been noticeable just with a boost in overall employee morale. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and laughing. I am trying to bring a more energetic spirit to the office.

Overall, how satisfied are you with your most recent experience with Terryberry?

Very Satisfied. I was extremely impressed with the length of service pins I ordered. They looked wonderful and the employees really appreciated them. I also had questions a few weeks ago about implementing some other less formal recognition programs, and Mike Anderson was prompt in answering my questions with a GoToMeeting.

I feel like a respected and valued customer which makes me want to continue using Terryberry for our recognition needs.

We want to recognize our own team members when they do great work. If you’d like to recommend a Terryberry associate for recognition, please let us know who and why!

Mike Anderson has been wonderful help for the past year. He guided us in the right direction with the length of service pins, has answered all my emails and questions in a timely manner, and has gone out of his way to help me with recognition ideas.

Do you have any other comments or suggestions for us?

Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for us here at Boyd!

February 20, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

Lacking Employee Engagement? Only 42% of Employees Know their Organization’s Mission

Despite all the hype about employee engagement, an abundance of new tools and programs for employee engagement, and an explosion of strategies to engage their employees, businesses still struggle to achieve a workplace where employees understand and embrace the organization’s mission, vision and values.

In a recent Forbes article, Ryan Scott outlines “The 7 Ways You’re Not Engaging your Employees” and reveals a startling statistic from TINYpulse: On average, significantly less than half of the employees in your business understand the mission, vision, and values of organization.   If employees don’t know the guiding principles of your business,  they surely won’t invest their discretionary effort to support them.

The same article goes on to describe the importance of peer-to-peer recognition in developing a culture where employees are engaged and contributing at a high level.  ”As organizations become more decentralized, virtual, and matrixed, there’s a growing need to provide regular recognition that goes beyond the antiquated one-on-one supervisor-to-employee relationship,”  says Scott.

Social-media style platforms  like Terryberry’s Give a WOW have proven to be successful at communicating and reinforcing company mission, vision, and values.  When employees see a peer demonstrating corporate values in action, they are empowered to give recognition, creating more visibility for the attitudes, behaviors, and contributions that move the business forward.

February 19, 2014
by Kelsey Rogers

Morale Boosters – Tips for Keeping Your Employees Engaged

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 Kristen.
She says: “We have a gala once a year for all 3 year plus associates and really go all out to recognize all they do for us. Last year we gave our 25-year associate a diamond necklace!  We have an associate of the month program, and continue to formally recognize both through peer recognition and management recognition. We also do six events throughout the year to show our appreciation.  All of these practices have been a big hit and great morale boosters!”

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!

Join hundreds of organizations that use Give a WOW to ignite a dynamic culture of recognition in the workplace.  It’s employee recognition, social-media style! Get the Free Trial!

February 18, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

Recognition Is a Force Multiplier

The following is a guest article by Kevin Kruse.


Kevin Kruse, Employee Engagement is for EveryoneA force multiplier—a term that is commonly used in the military—refers to an attribute that makes any given force much more effective than the same force would be without it. Consider for a moment your “force”—your employees, your team members, your colleagues. They have knowledge, skills, traits and attitudes all being leveraged for productivity. Wouldn’t you like to multiply their effectiveness?

The research is abundant and clear. Recognition leads to higher levels of employee engagement, which in turn drives a myriad of factors including sales, service, quality and ultimately profits. Recognition and appreciation can be that force multiplier for your team.

Unfortunately surveys suggest that this powerful factor remains elusive to most:

  • Only 47% of workers around the world are satisfied with the recognition they receive (source: Kenexa)
  • Only 10% of adults say “thank you” to a colleague each day (source: John Templeton Foundation)

How can the appreciation-deficit be solved? What can we do about it?

At the top, C-level executives need to immediately understand the power of new social, recognition systems. Long gone are the old days of relying exclusively on reward catalogs tied to tenure. Today executives should be deploying cloud-based, peer-to-peer recognition systems that provide global, visible appreciation tied back to values or strategic initiatives.

Mid-level managers need to realize that as part of their job as leaders, they need to deploy the power of a simple “thank you.” Verbal is fine, written is better, and a creative expression of gratitude is best of all. Thank you’s cost little and go a long way to motivating team members.

Individual contributors have a role to play in recognition, too. They say it’s like a mirror. The more you notice and acknowledge others doing something great, the more likely they’ll notice you when you do something great.

From the C-level to the front-lines, all employees need to maintain an attitude of gratitude so the power of appreciation can drive engagement, performance and profits.

Kevin Kruse is a New York Times bestselling author. His newest book is Employee Engagement for Everyone: 4 Keys to Happiness and Fulfillment at Work.

February 17, 2014
by Jenny Watkins

Recognition Bulletin for HR- Winter 2014 Edition

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

  • Employee Recognition is Like Exercise…the more you do it, the more results you’ll see
  • Terryberry Acquires MeritShare, Growing Social Employee Recognition
  • 2014 Recognition Calendar Provides 12 Months of Employee Recognition Opportunities
  • Build a Magnetic Culture – Don’t Miss an Exclusive Webinar with Best-Selling Author Kevin Sheridan
  • Inside Terryberry: Meet Shipping Guru, Charlene

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