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Introducing the AC Guide to Employee Recognition on Facebook!

December 22, 2010 by  

First off, why Facebook you might ask.  Well, there are more than 400 million active users on Facebook, which means there are plenty of opportunities for Recognition!  Samplings of things to recognize are birthdays, years of service with company, addition to family (child, pet, new house, etc.) or by simply tagging friends in photos or wall posts.

Our company, Award Concepts is devoted to developing Software as a Service (SaaS) recognition solutions which provide you the tools to effectively recognize employees.  Why re-invent the wheel?  Facebook is an amazing social network used and beloved by millions.  That being said, our goal in creating this guide was to show folks how to utilize and leverage the tools that are already present….tools which they are likely currently using.

Inside the guide you will find 5 Engaging Ideas for Facebook Recognition.  These ideas present ways in which to engage your employees via the social network.  We encourage employees to connect and network with one another outside of work and this guide demonstrates the simplicity to do such.  Following this guide will further enhance your company’s Total Recognition Strategy and increase employee engagement and employee morale.

Download the AC Guide to Employee Recognition on Facebook.

Let’s Say Thanks

December 10, 2010 by  

Xerox is back at it again with what I think is one of the best Holiday promotions ever!

The three words “you’ve got mail” most of us take for granted, but to our troops in the Armed Forces thousands of miles from their home, it can offer just the boost they need.  I know this first hand, because I was in a situation years ago…14 months spent away from my home, family and friends…mail was something that always provided the uplift I needed.  I received mail from family and friends, even people I had never met before…you expect your family and friends to write, but what really got to me were the people I had never met that took the time to write to me…a stranger.

Xerox’s website, Let’s Say Thanks gives you ,”a stranger” the opportunity to send a free printed postcard to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas showing your support and appreciation for their service to our country.  You are able to select from postcards depicting patriotic scenes and hometown images designed by children ages 6-14 from across the country.

Recognition doesn’t just start and stop at the workplace; it is a lifestyle.  As your Recognition Expert, I wanted to share this wonderful site with you and urge you to send a holiday greeting to one of our troops…pass this along to your friends too!

The Marathon of Employee Recognition

December 1, 2010 by  

Award Concepts' Brian Zwolinski with 2010 Chicago Marathon medal

I am not a professional runner – far from it, actually. I had never run more than 3-4 miles at any given time in my life. But earlier this year, I decided to challenge myself to do something that I never thought was possible: run a marathon.

By means of an intense 18-week training program, I gradually built up my stamina and improved my technique to get to the point where I was physically (and mentally) capable of running a continuous 26.2 miles uninterrupted. On October 10th, I completed the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I’d say it was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

It was also one of the most fulfilling accomplishments of my life.

When I saw the finish line in front of me at the end of the race, I had such a wide range of emotions all at the same time. Pride. Happiness. Relief. Excitement. And I thought to myself, “Employee recognition should feel like that.” Those who receive effective recognition in the workplace should be fulfilled, proud, happy and excited. And those who provide it should also feel similar emotions. The right kind of appreciation can help to make a boring day an exceptional one. It’s no secret that people love recognition and praise.

Recognition isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. I’d like to further detail how the process of running a marathon can correlate to effective employee recognition:

1) Training – Without a strict diet and regular exercise routine in place, I never would’ve been able to run the marathon. Your staff members should similarly be trained to engage your organization’s employees. Subscribe them to our One-Minute Manager for daily email reminders on recognition.

2) Purpose – Running a marathon isn’t easy, but all that hard work pays off on race day. Likewise, you need to be conscious of your employees’ feelings throughout the calendar year. Are they happy? Are they stressed? Do they feel like they’re being appreciated? Employee recognition isn’t a ‘once a year’ thing. Talk to your employees. Ask them questions. See what makes them tick.

3) Community – One of the best aspects of the marathon for me was the incredible moral support I received from other runners, volunteers and fans during the race. This type of community and support should be evident throughout your organization. Use your awards program to build a culture of recognition and appreciation. Creating this culture will help to support all employees in continuing to serve your customers with excellent service.

4) Recognition – My name was listed in the Chicago Tribune as an official Marathon finisher. It meant a lot for me to have a published record of my achievement. If your organization has a corporate newsletter in place, you should list all employees who are celebrating their anniversaries each month or every quarter. If you do not have a newsletter, add a new page to your website or intranet. Employees who read these resources will congratulate each other throughout the week. This is a free and easy way to incorporate peer-to-peer recognition into your corporate structure. The best part: it works.

5) Rewards – I have some great keepsakes from my race, including an engraved medal that I have on display at home, and a shirt that tells the world I finished a marathon. Tangible awards act as an excellent reminder to employees that their company appreciates them and cares about their work ethic. Awards can range from standard items like jewelry, watches and clocks to more modern gifts like iPods, luggage sets and bikes. Our programs incorporate a wide variety of substantial and meaningful award selections that your employees will cherish for years to come.

For more information regarding the long-term benefits of effective employee recognition, please contact Award Concepts today. Our tools, tips and techniques will help you develop and implement a recognition program that will achieve the goals your company seeks.