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Employee Recognition
The Pulse of
Recognition
A recent poll shows three growing
trends in workplace appreciation.
By Cord Himelstein
Recognition continues to be a driving force in keeping
employees motivated, and now more than ever,
companies are turning it to their advantage as workforce
trends develop. A recent poll of 400 SHRM attendees
found HR professionals have:
1) Increased focus on linking employee recognition with
wellness programs;
2) Greater commitment to recognizing employees early on
in their career; and
3) Renewed emphasis on recognition program
measurement.
Wellness Programs Engage
When asked which recognition programs HR professionals
were looking to implement or expand in the coming
months, above and beyond and peer-to-peer incentives
ranked fi rst and second while a new growing trend
around wellness initiatives ranked third. According to
the poll, 40 percent of respondents want to increase
recognition and incentives that are tied to wellness
efforts.
The idea of holistic employee wellness is becoming a
priority for organizations with the recent explosion of
wellness program activity. The increased focus on national
health due to the full implementation of the Affordable
Care Act (ACA), along with the recent social push for a
higher minimum wage and paid sick leave, all infl uence
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Good health is becoming good
business sense. Studies from both
Harvard and Rand Corporation have
shown that wellness programs can
potentially reduce healthcare costs
by nearly $3 for every $1 spent.
how both employers and employees approach wellness in
the workplace.
According to a recent National Business Group on Health
(NBGH) poll, 95 percent of surveyed employers will at least
have health risk assessments, biometric screening, and/
or lifestyle coaching available for workplace employees
in 2015, and 44 percent of them plan to maintain and/or
increase their investments regardless of their plan sponsor
roles. The average incentive offered to each employee for
wellness initiatives is around $500, compared to $338 in
2010. Good health is becoming good business sense.
Wellness initiatives are proving to be solid investments.
Healthy, stress-free employees are less likely to call in
sick and are more productive, and recognition programs
provide a reliable framework for incentivizing and

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