Creating Employee Recognition: From Once a Year to Every Touch Point

In the 1980’s there was a huge rise in organizations creating service anniversary programs to recognize their employees at certain milestones throughout their career, usually 5, 10, 15, 20+ years of service.  This usually focused on some sort of company branded merchandise that might sit on their desk and collect dust for years to come.  Don’t get me wrong, your employees certainly like to be recognized and rewarded for their loyalty and commitment to your company, but employees are more interested in contributing and being involved in things from day one, and certainly in years 1, 2 and 3.  And while some might appreciate branded merchandise being picked out for them, most would prefer to be able to choose their own rewards.


Jennifer Budinsky is the Director of Marketing Communications for Global Engagement Solutions whose mission is to help companies create engaging employee and customer experiences. Prior to joining GES Jennifer was the Communications and Marketing Manager at Green Living Enterprises, Canada’s leading cause marketing and event agency. She has a Master of Arts in Communication and Social Justice, and Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication, Media and Film. She resides in Toronto, Ontario and spends her free time working as an actress on various television and film projects. Jennifer is an ambassador for encouraging people to create exceptional experiences in every aspect of their lives, from work to home to play!


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