January 27, 2015
by Jenny Watkins

Launching a New Employee Recognition Program: 4 Tips for a Great Start

readysetgoKicking off a new employee recognition program in 2015?  Here are 4 tips to help you start with a WOW.

1.     Share the “Why” Behind the Program. Kicking off your employee recognition program is a terrific opportunity to communicate to your employees that they are valued and their contributions matter.  Be genuine with your team about the meaning of your recognition program and your goals for how it will impact your group.

2.     Get Supervisors Onboard. Help managers understand why recognition is important to the business, and what’s in it for them.  Point out that employees who feel appreciated are less likely to quit and more likely to perform at a high level.

3.     Tell How it Works. Communicate to employees how they can participate and be recognized.  Keep it simple, making sure employees can understand what types of contributions earn recognition, and how and when recognition is given.

4.     Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. It takes 11 impressions to make your message stick.  Use creativity and variety to make sure employees hear about the recognition program in a number of different ways.  Staff meetings, newsletters, posters, video, email and postcards are just a few ways to keep your program visible to employees over time.


Learn more about getting started with an employee recognition program.

January 26, 2015
by Jenny Watkins

Recognition Bulletin for HR – Winter 2015 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:


  • 360 Recognition Platform- Video
  • It’s 2015…Do Service Awards Still Matter?
  • Still looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Take the Challenge: 100 Thank You Notes
  • 5 Things you Think are Recognition, But Are Not
  • New 2015 Employee Recognition Calendar

Read the full newsletter.

January 22, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers

Bridging the Gap: Engaging Virtual Employees – Webcast

Terryberry Presents: Bridging the Gap: Engaging Virtual Employees

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

download_vmModern Survey and Terryberry will be sponsoring 60 autographed copies of Kevin Sheridan’s book “The Virtual Manager” to lucky webcast attendees.  Register and attend for your chance to receive one of your own.



Free Webcast

Course Description:

Join us as Terryberry’s Mike Byam hosts Kevin Sheridan, author of “The Virtual Manager,” for a webinar that helps equip leaders with strategies to effectively engage their remote workers.

In this 60-minute, interactive webcast, you will learn:
  • Navigate the unique management challenges and opportunities related to virtual workers
  • Connect remote employees to your company culture
  • Foster teamwork in a virtual environment
  • Give your virtual employees the recognition and positive feedback they need
Who should attend:
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Program Administrators 
  • Managers
  • Business Leaders
  • KevinSheridan_outlineKevin Sheridan is a the best-Selling Author of Building a Magnetic Culture and author of The Virtual Manager, Kevin Sheridan is a high-level Human Capital Management consultant and one of the most sought after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement.
Mike Byam
  • Mike Byam is the author of The WOW! Workplace, and Managing Partner of Terryberry, an international firm that specializes in implementing, and managing employee recognition programs. Mike is a frequent speaker on the topic of employee recognition to HR professionals and business groups around the world. He has also consulted with hundreds of organizations – from family businesses to Fortune 500 companies – to develop recognition strategies for employee retention and performance improvement.

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

January 20, 2015
by Jenny Watkins

AwardPoints Employee Performance Recognition Platform – Video


In this video check out how Terryberry’s AwardPoints program works to recognize employees for performance achievements.   Employees earn points for the behaviors and contributions that matter most to your business.  Points can be redeemed for exciting awards that your employees will be excited to earn.

Employees Earn Points that Can be Redeemed for Awards

AwardPoints.com is a web-based performance recognition program where employees earn points for excellent work. Points can be collected and redeemed for items from Terryberry’s large catalog of custom awards and gifts for any lifestyle.

Cost-effective, flexible, and easy-to-use, the AwardPoints program motivates and rewards the contributions that are most important to your business. Improve employee motivation and accelerate performance in your organization with this effective system.

How does AwardPoints help accelerate performance?

  • Your AwardPoints system is customized so you can give points for the contributions that matter most to you
  • Employees collect and redeem points for customized rewards and gifts from Terryberry’s large selection
  • Unlike many points-based systems, AwardPoints is scalable for organizations of any size, whether you have 20 employees or 20,000.
  • Access program history, progress, and enhancements through an easy-to-use administrative dashboard
  • Reduce paperwork and ensure timely and accurate recognition through built-in email communication
  • Simplify communication and allow offline program participants to print brochures, statements, and certificates
  • Supervisors and top management can monitor account history and employee progress through easy-to-use reporting features
  • Recognize employees from any internet-ready location via simple access to the administration dashboard
  • Your AwardPoints program is customized to reflect your organization’s brand and communicate your values on a continual basis

AwardPoints is a fit for performance recognition of any type:

  • Employee attendance awards
  • Safety incentives and awards
  • Healthy lifestyles and wellness incentives
  • Sales incentives
  • Recognition for “Above and Beyond”
  • Productivity levels

January 20, 2015
by Jenny Watkins

How to Engage Virtual Employees

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The virtual employee has become a norm in business today. Whether you call them telecommuters, remote workers, or offsite employees, they’re here to stay. Businesses have found that offering virtual connectivity for employees widens the talent pool, helps retain good people, and increases productivity. But how do we engage remote workers and help them stay connected to the team and to the goals of the organization?

Here’s one way that Terryberry does it. About 20% of Terryberry’s workforce is virtual, working in satellite offices around the world. Yesterday, our company held one of our quarterly Town Hall meetings for all employees. Everyone attends. Onsite employees gather in the lunchroom, and offsite employees login and attend via webcam. During the meeting, the leadership updates staff on progress toward business objectives for the last quarter and goals for the quarter ahead.

In addition, the executive team presents WOW Awards to several employees who have earned recognition during the quarter. WOW Awards are based on peer nominations from the quarter. Everyone in the company participates in the peer-to-peer recognition program via a social media-style app called  Give a WOW. Remote workers can recognize office staff, and office staff can recognize remote workers. And everyone in the organization can see the recognition being given and received in real time on the online “Recognition Wall.”

Quarterly, the leadership team reviews the nominations and selects the top nominations for each division based on impact to the company and their objectives. These awards are presented during the Town Hall meetings. The managing partners share the nominator’s remarks about the individual and their achievement, and briefly comment on how the contribution impacts the goals of the organization. Both onsite staff and remote staff can be recognized. And since everyone is together, whether via webcam or in the room, all can hear about the achievements going on in the business both onsite and offsite.

As a remote employee myself, this helps me stay connected to my colleagues in the office. I can see their faces and hear about their successes. It helps me stay in touch with the objectives of the business in my department and other areas of the organization. And because I am a part of the recognition program even though I’m not physically in the office, it’s gratifying to see someone I have nominated to be recognized publicly by the executive team, or to hear about how my contributions impacted someone else 100s of miles away.

Learn from the experts about how to engage virtual employees.  Join us January 28 when Terryberry hosts Best-selling Author Kevin Sheridan for a webinar Bridging the Gap: Engaging Virtual Employees