July 25, 2013
by Jenny Watkins
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Indulging is Not the Same as Engaging

In Gallup Business Journal’s recent article “Don’t Pamper Employees- Engage Them,”  author Susan Sorenson indicates that many businesses are throwing perks at employees, hoping to keep them happy and get them to stay.  But Sorenson astutely points out that “indulging employees is no substitute for engaging them.”

“Satisfied or happy employees are not necessarily engaged.  And engaged employees are the ones who work hardest, stay longest, and perform the best,” she writes.

Developing a culture that fosters employee engagement means creating an environment where team members…

  • Understand the mission, vision and values of the business
  • Share in that mission personally
  • Feel empowered to contribute to the mission
  • Feel that their contributions matter

The question might be, do we want to work at a place where employees find happiness in spite of having to be at work?  Or, do we want to create a culture where employees find fulfillment in belonging to a team contributing at a high level for something worthwhile?

Recognizing employees for their contribution to the shared mission is one of the best ways to build engagement.  Employee recognition isn’t a pizza party, or a free latte, or a massage.   All of those things can be meaningful if they are used as a token of appreciation for a contribution.  But the real recognition comes from connecting an individual’s actions to how those actions create a positive impact.

July 24, 2013
by Kelsey Meek
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Outlining the Positives Throughout the Year

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 Christine.

She says: “Our CEO hand writes each team member a note on their anniversary with very specific details of their contribution over the year.  We have 180 team members.”

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!

Recognize your co-workers or be recognized with Terryberry’s interactive Peer-to-Peer Program. It’s recognition, social-media style! Get the Free Trial!

July 17, 2013
by Kelsey Meek
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Give a Personalized Card

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 Cassandra.

She says: “We give each employee a birthday card signed by the CEO and other executive management.  Employees look forward to receiving their birthday cards with these personalized messages.”

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!

Recognize your co-workers or be recognized with Terryberry’s interactive Peer-to-Peer Program. It’s recognition, social-media style! Get the Free Trial!

July 15, 2013
by Jenny Watkins
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Among CEOs Top Concerns: Human Capital

A recent Forbes article “7 Reasons HR Technology Is So Hot Today” indicates that businesses have entered a new war for talent, and CEOs today list the acquisition and retention of key talent as a top priority.

How are HR managers responding?  According to the article many are turning to HR software solutions to help position themselves for success.

When it comes to employee engagement, software tools like Terryberry’s Give a WOW platform, can give companies an edge.  Give a WOW is a peer recognition solution that helps businesses engage employees and connect their teams by creating visibility for the successes and contributions that are going on within the business on a daily basis.

Insightful reports provided by platforms like these are also the key to their success. Leaders can easily spot rising stars and gain powerful insights on how their employees are engaging with the organization’s mission, vision and values.

July 15, 2013
by Kelsey Meek
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Building a WOW! Recognition Culture

Live Webcast

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

Course Description:

Is your organization moving towards building a culture of recognition in your workplace?

Developing a culture of recognition, in which employees are genuinely acknowledged for their contributions, is more important than ever to maintain productivity, profitability and retention of key employees. This presentation demonstrates key findings on how recognition strategies impact business goals, and provides real-world examples and practical strategies for implementing or enhancing a recognition initiative. Attendees will take away ideas they can put into place in their organizations starting today.

Building a WOW! Recognition Culture is a fast-paced, fun, and informative seminar that equips HR professionals and business leaders with an understanding of how to engage employees through effective recognition.

Join Mike Byam, author of The WOW! Workplace and Managing Partner of one of the world’s foremost recognition providers as he discusses the cutting edge of employee recognition that actually boosts engagement, adds value to your organization’s bottom line, and ultimately aligns your employees’ efforts with your organization’s mission and goals.

In this interactive webcast, you will learn:
  • What the latest research shows about how recognition impacts employee engagement, productivity and profitability
  • How businesses are adapting their employee recognition strategies to respond to the current economy
  • Review the key steps for developing an effective recognition program and understand how to put them into practice
  • Understand which awards are most (and least) effective
Who should attend:
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Recognition Program Administrators
  • Managers
  • Business Leaders
Presenter

Mike Byam, Managing Partner of Terryberry, and author of The WOW! Workplace

Join Mike Byam, Managing Partner of one of the world’s foremost recognition providers as he discusses the cutting edge of employee recognition that actually boosts engagement, adds value to your organization’s bottom line, and ultimately aligns your employees’ efforts with your organization’s mission and goals.

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