Incentra Insights

Employee Recognition with a Touch of Grace

Posted by David Chittock on Dec 14, 2018 10:22:00 AM

A Class Act

No doubt you, like all the rest of us, were caught up this past week in the passing of our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush. His humble truth of a life well lived for God and country certainly touched each one of us. We need to be reminded from time to time of the giants who have walked before us and shown us the way to live and serve. What struck me the most was the fundamental kindness of the man in all his dealings with his peers and subordinates. Nowhere was that more evident than in the thousands of handwritten thank-you notes he was said to write over his years of service. It made me stop to think of how important this simple act can be in our everyday work environment.

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Topics: Employee Appreciation, Employee Recognition

39 Steps to Employee Recognition

Posted by David Chittock on Nov 16, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Counting the Ways to Say Thank You

One of my favorite books is the British spy thriller, “The 39 Steps” by John Buchan.  When I came across an article entitled “39 Employee Recognition & Appreciation Ideas”, it caught my attention. It was written by SnackNation, a company that supplies healthy snacks to businesses as a benefit for their employees. As we’re drawing close to our season of thanks, I thought these employee appreciation examples might be worth exploring.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Appreciation

Today’s Technology Makes Workforce Recognition and Engagement Easy

Posted by Vicki Hiney on Sep 28, 2018 2:10:00 PM

Managing and monitoring a Workforce Recognition program is now easy, because a well-designed system essentially runs itself. Program stakeholders can instantly monitor program activity and results by clicking into an administrative portal that features a dashboard with real-time reporting and graphs that address all recognition activities.

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Topics: Rewards and Recognition Technology, Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Rewards Technology

Employee Recognition and Closing the Digital Talent Gap

Posted by David Chittock on Mar 16, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Addressing the Issue

In a previous post, we took a hard look at how the digital talent gap is seriously impacting a company’s ability to stay competitive. We discovered that by 2020, millions of jobs will go unfilled because the right skills will be in short supply.  In this post, I want to explore what strategies business leaders can employ to address this talent imbalance and what real steps they can take to counteract this impending crisis.

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Topics: Rewards and Recognition Technology, Employee Recognition

Creating a Behavioral Recognition Program: Getting back to the basics

Posted by Vicki Hiney on Mar 9, 2018 11:23:51 AM

As a Human Resources professional, it can be a challenge to engage your workforce while also ensuring that employees are performing at the highest level possible. This is a common dilemma according to Gallup research that shows workers who are actively disengaged outnumber their engaged colleagues by an overwhelming factor of 2:1. How can a business operate effectively with so many disengaged employees? What components are essential for an effective behavioral recognition program to help keep employees engaged and high-performing?

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement

Employee Recognition - What’s Hot in 2018?

Posted by David Chittock on Jan 26, 2018 9:52:16 AM

What Do the Pros Say?

Every year Forbes comes out with the “Top Ten Trends for 2018”.  This year, Platinum, an accounting and payroll firm, released an article entitled, Hot Workplace Trends You Will See In 2018.”  I thought it would be fun to see what the experts are telling us to expect this year.  We already are braced for some seismic changes so what else is in store?

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement

Finding the Right Rewards and Recognition Provider

Posted by David Chittock on Oct 27, 2017 9:37:01 AM

What to Look For

You’ve done all your homework and now you’re ready to select the R&R partner that’s the best fit for your organization. So what features in an R&R vendor should you be looking for? In its 2017 report on R&R software, Gartner lays out several criteria to keep in mind when selecting an R&R technology platform. These considerations include both the type of R&R solution that is right for your group and the kind of provider capabilities you’ll need to achieve a successful R&R program.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Rewards and Recognition Provider, Rewards and Recognition Technology

Employee Recognition and Politics in the Workplace

Posted by David Chittock on Aug 7, 2017 10:28:22 AM

The Mingling of Politics and Work

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Topics: Employee Recognition, workplace politics

Employee Recognition - Why Non-Cash Rewards Rule

Posted by David Chittock on May 30, 2017 10:04:15 AM

The Cash/Non-Cash Debate

Over my years in the employee recognition business, I’ve seen a real evolution in the age-old discussion of cash vs non-cash rewards.  It appears at this juncture that the evidence shows that non-cash rewards have clearly come out on top.  According to the Incentive Federation, “…over the last 20 years there has been a dramatic jump in the number of U.S. businesses using non-cash rewards, rising from just 26% of all U.S. businesses in 1996 to 84% of all U.S. businesses in 2016.”  So what accounts for this significant shift in recognition practices?

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Topics: Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition and the Consumerization of HR

Posted by David Chittock on May 16, 2017 2:52:13 PM

Welcome to the Future!

Last year Forbes published an article entitled, The Consumerization of HR. Just for fun, I decided to look up the word, “consumerization.”  Here’s what I found:

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Topics: Employee Recognition