The Role of Recognition for 2022: Rethinking Your Strategy.

Who’s looking forward to 2022? We are! As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “keep moving forward.” While many organizations are focused on messages of optimism and “moving forward,” employee retention is still a major concern. The last two years have impacted virtually every company when it comes to retaining employees.

So how can you keep your invaluable team? Recognition is a powerful tool for strengthening engagement and helping people to feel motivated and appreciated so that they stay with your organization.

Check out some ways to create an effective recognition strategy for 2022 to drive the engagement your teams want and the commitment that your organization needs!






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{Re}opening. {Re}connecting. {Re}turning to the Workplace.

It’s a hot topic among employees today; “when are we going back to the office?” Returning to the workplace for people who have been working remotely for the past year can be considered either exciting or scary (or inconsequential).

Incentive Services University is always looking for positive examples in the workplace, and in the past year, there were many positive ways companies improved their employees’ experiences. Better yet, these evolutions morphed into changes for the better within the workplace.

Learn more about how to how to help your employees have a smooth transition back to the office, and how to keep your engagement efforts working here!






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We often hear people discuss the challenges of planning their recognition strategy for well-rounded teams of different generations. But with challenge comes opportunity to better embrace the collective positive experiences of working alongside a team of people, no matter when they were born. It’s all about understanding motivators and what makes people tick. So, when you develop your recognition strategy, it’s a good idea to consider your audience, what is important to them, and how they like to be recognized.

Learn more about the diverse perspectives, motivations and needs of every employee within your organization here!






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There has never been a time in history when diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has been more important to company culture than now. The heightened focus, plus the desire of company leaders to directly address the impact on and for their teams, creates an opportunity to bring about change; and an opportunity to develop the strongest, best performing, and most engaged employees ever. This is a change for the better.

Learn more about why DEI matters to your culture and how to optimize the impact of DEI within your organization here!






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A hire-to-retire strategy in the context of recognition and rewards is the idea that celebrating employees isn’t just a singular event; it’s using your recognition strategy to formalize the connections you have with your employees throughout their entire journey with your company – from the time they are onboarded to the time they retire.

  1. Think C2: Consistent & Complementary
  2. Start early and recognize often
  3. Make it a big deal
  4. Make employees feel like they belong
  5. Personalize it

Learn more about how implementing a hire-to-retire recognition strategy can elevate your culture and benefit your organization here!






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The Role of Virtual Engagement in a Non-Virtual Culture.

Companies have become extremely creative at keeping their remote employees engaged by ramping up their virtual engagement strategies. However, many people are not “working from wherever.” They are still showing up to work in healthcare, retail, and other essential businesses. Is it possible to apply some of these virtual engagement strategies to your on-site team? Absolutely! Virtual engagement is still relevant and important to building a strong employee experience for those who are still going to work outside of their home.

Check out virtual engagement strategies and best practices being utilized by top organizations across the country here!



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Employee recognition has never been more important. A new study in late 2020 reported that less than a quarter of employees felt supported during the pandemic outbreak and nearly half surveyed didn’t feel recognized for their work. The report also noted that 35% of employees are looking for more appreciation. However, on a positive note, 47% of employees who HAD received peer-to-peer recognition in the previous week felt very engaged. One of the top drivers of employee engagement is recognition for good work. By integrating a recognition strategy you elevate your employees’ experience, improve job satisfaction and inspire success.

What can you do to appreciate your employees so that everyone
can keep up the good work? Learn more here!



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Creating a Culture of Resilience

Among the myriad challenges that HR has faced throughout 2020, employee burnout is a topic now dominating headlines. While the World Health Organization added employee burnout as an official mental health concern in 2019, this year has certainly exacerbated and brought awareness to this very real issue that organizations are facing. The lyrics of Neil Young may have popularized the sentiment in the music industry, but in the workplace, we want neither – it’s not better to burnout nor fade away.

As a leader, what can you do to tackle this complex issue and strive to create cultures of resilience? Learn more!



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Culture, it’s your most important job.

As a leader, you have an incredible opportunity to inspire and change someone’s life every
single day. An opportunity you should never take for granted. -Leadership First

Leaders have both the responsibility and the opportunity to contribute to a positive culture. Involved leaders energize and encourage their teams, developing connections and empowering education and growth. By acknowledging employee value through moments of encouragement and recognition, leaders can cultivate positive relationships and experiences that inspire results.

What can your organization do to keep your teams connected and make the workplace shift work for you? Learn more!






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Trends & Best Practices:
Foundational Years of Service Programs

The world changed overnight and the way we work, and will continue to work, has been impacted. Organizations are tasked with finding innovative ways to keep employees connected and to move their cultures forward. Studies have long shown that well-planned employee recognition programs not only engage your employees, but also directly impact your company’s bottom line. Service anniversary and retirement award programs are traditionally the cornerstone of a well-planned recognition strategy. In the new normal, a few trends are quickly emerging or have quickly advanced the trends that have been unfolding for the past few years.

What are these trends and how can they help your organization?
Learn more!





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