Archive for September, 2010

Guest Post – Eclipse Awards: Employee Motivation & Engagement

September 29, 2010

Earlier in the year our friends at Eclipse Awards attended a conference of Recognition Professionals International (RPI). They picked up some great tips and best practices which they shared on their blog Happiness Delivered in May.  We’ve re-posted their blog entry here. Read on for insights on employee engagement and motivation as well as an introduction to Eclipse Awards, an experienced, world-class supplier of crystal awards, green awards and glass recognition awards.

The following post was written by Toby Barazzuol, President of Eclipse Awards (Twitter: @tobybarazzuol).

Last week we returned from an epic conference of the Recognition Professionals International (RPI) Association in Henderson, Nevada.  For Eclipse Awards, the conference was a success on many levels – over 5 days we attended workshops and courses, learned best practices from Fortune1000 HR managers and recognition professionals, displayed our crystal awards while introducing our new line of green awards, and generally gained a deeper understanding of the power of recognition and acknowledgement to strengthen an organization.  In addition, our resident recognition guru Nelson Borges even became Western Canada’s first Certified Recognition Professional (CRP) after 4 days of intensive training.  In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more of this knowledge, but for now, here is an overview of the conference.

The RPI conference provided an opportunity to network with HR managers from massive organizations that manage thousands of staff – 5000, 20000 or even 75000 people!  Companies like United Airlines, Delta Airlines, DirectTV, BELL, TD Canada Trust, T-Mobile and Wells Fargo were in attendance, as were organizations like the University of Florida, Ohio State University Medical Center, City of Calgary, and McGill University Health Care.  There were even attendees from India and the Netherlands.  In all, an amazing cross section of recognition professionals that provided unique insights into the current state of employee engagement, motivation and best practices.

Here are the top 10 key learnings, and though some may seem simple on the surface, they have some deep implications:

  1. Recognition helps reinforce positive behaviours and improves employee performance through improved attitude and morale. Recognition also improves employee engagement and commitment. (more…)

Intern Insights: Part 6

September 7, 2010

Wow, the summer flew by! This fact became clear when our summer intern Emily wrapped up her time with us last week. We already miss her. She was truly fantastic.

Thankfully a few days before she left Emily started a Twitter account (@emily_wan) so we can all keep updated on what she’s up to. Emily also promised to drop by for future Salad Club and Fun Friday events. (See you soon Emily!)

In this entry Emily the Intern provides her final insight.

Emily the Intern

A Slice of Fairware: Promoting Change

Contrary to my previous posts, my actual work at Fairware involves more than blogging about cool stuff and productivity tools on the internet. (Although the presentation video below was made with a very cool tool called Prezi)

One of my key projects involved an in-depth analysis into Fairware’s business position to facilitate decision-making. To change up the pace of Intern Insights this week, we present an inside scoop and a slice into the business of Fairware. Click on the image below to view a short presentation.


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