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Even Presidents Need Recognition

Recognition is important no matter who you are.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Published by: Online Rewards Employee Recognition

On this inauguration day, let’s take a moment to celebrate all of our presidents who have taken on the tough job of leading the United States of America.

Recognition is important no matter who you are. Even Presidents need a little appreciation. Here are some interesting ways in which U.S. Presidents have been recognized through the years:


Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize was established in 1900, in accordance with Alfred Nobel’s will. Each year on the anniversary of his death, December 10th, the Nobel Peace Prize "shall be awarded to those who have done the most or best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

Presidents (and vice presidents) who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize:

Theodore Roosevelt was the first statesman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. Teddy Roosevelt also received the Medal of Honor after his charge up San Juan Hill in 1898.

Woodrow Wilson won the honor in 1920 for his efforts in ending World War I and participation in creating the League of Nations.

Jimmy Carter received the prize in 2002, for finding “peaceful solutions to international conflicts, advancing democracy and human rights and promoting economic and social development.” (President Carter was acknowledged with many other awards throughout his career as well.)

Vice President Al Gore was bestowed the honor in 2007 for his efforts to gain and spread knowledge about climate change.

Most recently, Barack Obama received the Nobel in 2009 for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation.


The Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is described as the military’s oldest medal. Created in 1872 by George Washington, it was rarely used. General Douglas MacArthur resurrected it in 1932, and it was designed to commemorate bravery. Today, the Purple Heart is awarded exclusively for deaths or injuries sustained in combat.

So far, John F. Kennedy is the only president to have received the Purple Heart, awarded to him on August 2, 1943.


The Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize was created in 1917 in accordance with the will of Joseph Pulitzer, a prominent journalist, and recognizes excellence in journalism and the arts. John F. Kennedy is also the only president to have won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book, Profiles in Courage, in 1957.


The Grammys

Perhaps the most unexpected awards received by U.S. presidents (and presidential candidates) are Grammys - in the "spoken word" categories:

Bill Clinton has won two Grammys: in 2004 for his narration of Peter and the Wolf, (children’s album) and again in 2005 for the narration of his autobiography My Life, which chronicles his life from childhood through his presidency.

Jimmy Carter won his first Grammy in 2007 for the audiobook version of Our Endangered Value: America’s Moral Crisis, and his second in 2015 for the audio version of A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety.

Barack Obama is also a double Grammy winner: first while he was still a senator in 2005 for his audiobook Dreams of My Father (released in 1995 but republished as an audio book in 2006), a narration of his life, and again in 2007 for his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.

In today’s world, recognition is more important than ever - for our employees, for our educators and students, and yes, even for the leaders of our country.

Turnover is Killing Us!

Retaining Employees Once You Attract and Hire Them.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Published by: Online Rewards Employee Recognition

Even conservative figures estimate that it costs anywhere between 30% and 200%+ of an employee’s salary to replace them, with related costs in time and business performance climbing even higher. Once we attract and hire the right employees, how do we keep them?


Turnover by the Numbers

According to Catalyst:

  • 33.4 million American workers voluntarily quit their jobs in 2015
  • 37% of all US employees are thinking about leaving their jobs
  • 32% of women in STEM positions are thinking about quitting (making them 45% more likely to quit than their male counterparts)
  • 44% of Millennials are expected to leave their jobs within the next two years
Culture is Critical

One of the main considerations for employment candidates is whether they will fit in with the corporate culture. They’re likely to look to current employees for feedback and information on the climate of the organization. They’ll also be watching closely for consistency throughout the hiring process. Employees who find that the culture is significantly different than the way in which was presented will not stay long.

Recognition Matters

When external factors such as geographic location and a different industry or type of work are the reasons employees leave, there is little that the organization can do. The majority of employees leave for internal factors that can be managed, namely:

  • Limited career opportunities
  • Bullying and/or a negative corporate culture
  • Excess workloads
  • Lack of competitive recognition or rewards

Salary is rarely mentioned as a reason to leave a job, and even when it is, it’s way down the list. Results of a TinyPulse survey confirm that managers and peers have a great deal of influence over whether an employee stays or goes. Peer recognition is particularly important: employees who received low levels of recognition from peers are 11% less likely to remain in their jobs.

HR leaders and company managers now understand that employee reward and recognition programs are not just something that is nice to have – these are required talent acquisition and retention tools. And you’d better be doing more than handing out a gift card on occasion: your reward and recognitions programs must be thoughtfully structured to achieve specific goals. Management must be trained to understand the goals of the program as well as to manage the employee experience throughout the incentive program.

The battle for talent is going to get a lot tougher before it gets easier. Partnering with an experienced employee recognition provider will ensure that you’ve got all of the pieces in place to retain your key employees.


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