104 Engagement Through Employee Recognition - Terryberry
What do people really want from their jobs? We all want a paycheck, but we also crave recognition for our accomplishments. We all want to feel valued and affirmed. Our guest today shows how one company excels at recognizing employees and creating a great workplace culture.
I’m excited to bring you this interview with Mike Byam. He is the Managing Partner and a 4th generation team member of Terryberry, a family-owned business. Next year, in 2018, Terryberry will celebrate its 100th year in business. You don’t reach that without creating a great workplace culture. Terryberry is in the business of employee recognition, but today we are going to talk about what they do in-house to give what I say are the two most important feelings any human can have: being acknowledged and having value. In 2016 Terryberry was named one of the Best and Brightest companies to work for in the nation. After listening to this episode, you’ll see why.
Terryberry is helping their employees to achieve their best potential. The research shows that employee recognition is the #1 driver of engagement. Employee recognition is much more than perks or gifts at Terryberry. It's about being present, listening, and genuinely appreciating people for who they are and what they bring to the team.
Exposure to this culture begins even before an employee's first day. Upon acceptance of an offer, employees receive a welcome kit including a guidebook with information about "what to expect" and a "Welcome Aboard Questionnaire." The questionnaire asks employees about what kind of recognition is meaningful to them, and about favorite drinks, snacks and restaurants for managers to use to personalize the recognition they receive.
New employees are inducted into Give a WOW, our social media-style recognition program, where they receive welcome messages from peers and leaders. From the very start of their employment, all employees are encouraged to recognize others in the organization whenever they see someone demonstrating Terryberry's core values in an exceptional way.
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