Earlier this week, you may have seen the team at Employee Benefits Live. We were among a sea of 2,500 industry professionals, and I was excited to talk to so many HR professionals and leaders about innovative ways to attract, engage and retain their people.
Maybe we were just “feeling lucky,” but we had a big crowd taking their turn on our recognition roulette wheel, which was a great way to share ideas of how to recognise employees — we got dozens of stellar suggestions from attendees, which got me thinking of new ways we could improve our own employee reward and recognition programme, too!
Here are a few of my favourites:
1. Recognising above and beyond contributors with choice of award, such as giving time off.
2. Having a CEO "shout-out" tied to a loyalty badge or work anniversary.
3. A meal or time spent with a senior Leadership Team member.
4. Dog-walking vouchers.
5. Night out at the pub - on the company!
We even had a postbox on hand for attendees to send a very special “thank you” to someone who made their life easier at work. So don’t forget to check your mail, in case you were one of the recipients!
Our favourite rebel Debra Corey, and “Leader of Cheers” aka Talent Acquisition and Employer Communications Manager Sarah Mortimer from Charles Tyrwhitt, shared powerful ways that strategic recognition and unique benefits and employee perks can power company growth.
My favourite part was seeing all the unique ways the Tyrwhitteers recognise and reward their people, including special Leadership illustrations on eCards. I love the Charles Tyrwhitt success story.
Lastly, I don’t want to keep you waiting… one of our biggest questions was asking attendees what benefit they were most likely to invest in in the next 12 months. Here’s how it broke down:
As it was my first-ever EB Live, I didn’t know what to expect. But the team and I had an amazing time, and it’s got me even more excited for #EBLive20!