Congratulations, your employee made it through their first year at your company! Now it’s time to celebrate your employees for all the hard work they did during their first year.

Why The First Work Anniversary Is So Important

The first year of tenure at work is crucial. A great year with your employees sets your company up for success. Employee turnover causes more turmoil than most of us want to admit. Some people have estimated that turnover costs $15,000 per worker from lost productivity to the cost of rehiring and training.


One way to prevent employee turnover is to be genuinely interested in your employees and their development at your company. One way to show your employees how much they care is by celebrating essential dates, like their anniversary date. The first anniversary is your employee’s first interaction with how you treat employees as they progress through your company.


Celebrating work anniversaries helps you re-engage your employees while showing how much you care.

5 Tips For Recognizing The First Work Anniversary

Now that we know why we celebrate work anniversaries, here are some tips for recognizing the first work anniversary.

1. Keep Up With Everyone’s Anniversary Dates

You shouldn’t be celebrating work anniversaries five days or weeks after the event. If possible, you should be celebrating the day of or earlier (if you group work anniversary celebrations in some way.) You should keep all of these important dates on your office calendar so you can keep an eye on upcoming anniversaries. 

2. Get Everyone Involved

Your employees should hear from more than one person on their work anniversary. They have likely connected with countless employees during their tenure with the company. Make sure everyone knows about upcoming anniversary dates so they can take part in the fun. Use a tool like Nectar’s recognition and rewards tool to call out anniversaries publicly (and allow others in the company to comment.)

3. Be Creative And Make It Personal

You don’t want to give out a general Amazon gift card, put some thought into your anniversary gift. Their anniversary gift is unique, and it will be seen as the culmination of your experience working with an employee. Make sure that the present feels special and unique to the person you’re gifting.

4. Ensure That All Gifts Line Up

Don’t spoil one employee if you can’t spoil them all. We want to ensure that gifts line up across the company and the departments you run. Make sure that all managers understand the gift spending limits you have in place for each anniversary date. Your employees talk to each other, and you want to ensure that your employees don’t feel left out based on the gift you decide to give them.

5. Don’t Think You Need To Spend A Lot Of Money

If you don’t have a ton of money to spend, there are many free and meaningful things you can do for your employees. Think outside the box and get what you can to celebrate your employees.


10 Stellar First Anniversary Rewards

General tips are great, but what about specifics? Here are ten fantastic ideas that your employees will love on their first anniversary at work.

1. Customized Company Swag

Custom swag can be a fantastic reward for a job well done, but it also promotes your brand. Over time, your employees will love looking at the swag they’ve collected. Here are some custom company swag ideas:

  • Backpacks

  • Football/Basketball jerseys

  • Rain jackets

  • Coats

  • Tanks/Shirts


For an even nicer impression, get your employee’s name embroidered on the items you give them.

2. Get Your Employees Flowers, A Plant, Or A Candy Basket

If you’re looking for a simple way to show appreciation, purchase a flower bouquet or get a candy basket for employees who don’t like flowers. These gifts can brighten your employee’s workspace for the week. Get these items delivered to the office or your employee’s home for a special touch.


Indoor plants can make memorable gifts because every time your employee looks at the plant, they’ll be reminded of your company. Your employees might not want the responsibility of taking care of a plant, though, so ensure you only give plants out if they want them.

3. Give Your Employees Extra Responsibility And A Raise

If your employees are engaged, they don’t want to stay stagnant. Your employee has learned a lot about you and your company over the past year. If they are in a smaller role, it might be time to start planning a larger employee role. Make sure you also give them a raise to go along with the extra responsibilities.


If you don’t have an opening in your company currently, sit down with that employee to discuss their future with the company. Having a candid career conversation shows that you want to invest in their growth, even if you can’t give them more responsibilities right now.

4. Create A Commemorative Video For Your Employees

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth ten thousand. Videos are simple to put together since most of us have smartphones with amazing video capabilities. Get everyone in the company who regularly works with your employee to record a quick video about their experience. If they work with customers or vendors, get them involved too! Cut the video together, post it online, and send the video link to your employee on their anniversary date.


Here are some things your video can cover:

  1. How would you describe the employee in three words? Why?

  2. What is your favorite memory of working with the employee?

  3. What moment made you the proudest of the employee this year?

5. Give Them Entrance To A Class Or Conference

Personal development and investing in your employee’s growth can make a huge difference. There are so many excellent classes and conferences in your industry. Pick a conference and pay for them to attend it, purchase a course on Udemy, or get a subscription to a site like Skillshare.

6. Help Them Chase A Hobby They Love

Your employees are more than welcome to have passions outside of work. Help them invest in those passions by paying for a class or experience in a hobby that doesn’t relate to the work they do for your company.

7. Take Something Off Their Plate

Your employees are busy, and they probably have one aspect of their job they don’t like. Ask them to write out a list of all the things they do each week. Ask them to identify all the activities they wouldn’t mind getting rid of. Take on that activity, give it to a freelancer, or let the next hire in the department take that activity on.

8. Donate To Their Favorite Charity

If your employee loves helping others, let them pick a charity to donate to. Donate to that charity in your employee’s name and give them a small token of your appreciation alongside the gift. You’ll be helping so many people in the process.

9. Upgrade Their Workspace

The space you work in every day has a significant impact on your productivity. Give your employees a budget for a workspace upgrade or buy them the piece of equipment they’ve wanted for a long time.

10. Give Them A Day Off

We could all use a day off work. Encourage your employee to take the day off and spend some time with friends and family. Don’t count this as a vacation day. Make anniversaries a holiday at your company.

Conclusion

Employee recognition makes all the difference at work. Your employees want to be celebrated and awarded for all the work they do for your company. Taking time to plan the first-anniversary celebration can do wonders for employee engagement at your organization.


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When everyone is busy at work, it can be hard to nurture employees who value quality time. Make sure that you put time on your calendar to invest in this appreciation language, even during those rough weeks.</span></p><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:16pt;margin-bottom:4pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(67, 67, 67); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Quality Time Employee Recognition Ideas</span></h3><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Figure out which of your employees value quality time so you can tailor their experience at work to that love language. You’ll likely need to spend a bit more time with those employees if you are managing them. Quality time is easy to skip when you get busy, but these employees won’t find value in a gift card or a high-five.</span></p><ul><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Spend a little more time with these employees during one-on-ones. If time allows, spend an extra five minutes catching up, watching a fun video, or connecting on an issue they’re having.</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Host regular team building activities to build a stronger bond amongst your employees. Let your team members who enjoy quality time pick the activity.</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Invest in and mentor your employees and spend time guiding them along better career paths.</span></p></li></ul><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:6pt;"><span style="font-size: 16pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3) Using Acts Of Service To Improve Recognition At Work</span></h2><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When is the last time you’ve gone out of your way to help someone at work? Employees with acts of service as their love language value the small acts you do to make them more comfortable at work. Whether you agree to help them win an account at work or buy them a coffee, they’ll feel appreciated.</span></p><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:16pt;margin-bottom:4pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(67, 67, 67); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Acts Of Service Employee Recognition Ideas</span></h3><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Acts of service come in all shapes and sizes. Your employees don’t need grand gestures. They need to know that you </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">care</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Acts of service can easily slip into physical gifts if you aren’t careful. Acts of service truly means that you are going out of your way to help your employees. Don’t farm these activities out to other people.</span></p><ul><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ask your team members what their biggest struggle at work is, and make a plan to alleviate that stressor (so they can focus on what they love.)</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Recognize your employees by gifting them a service that will make their lives easier (free car wash, healthy meals for a week, babysitting, etc.)</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Be there to help employees when they need things like help moving, something stored at your house, a new recipe to try out, anything you can help with!</span></p></li></ul><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:6pt;"><span style="font-size: 16pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4) Using Gifts To Improve Recognition At Work</span></h2><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Gifts are typically one of the easiest ways to recognize employees at work. Even if you don’t personally like gifts, you probably think about gifts first when giving recognition. While gifts as a love language seem easy, you need to make the gifts you give meaningful. Your employees need to understand that what you share is coming from the heart.</span></p><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:16pt;margin-bottom:4pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(67, 67, 67); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Gift Employee Recognition Ideas</span></h3><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When dealing with gifts, make sure you are appropriate. Gifts are easily associated with monetary value, and the wrong gift can put your employees in a challenging position. For example, you shouldn’t be giving away gifts worth $500 for randomly completing a project. You also want to ensure that you aren’t showing favoritism through the gifts that you give employees.</span></p><ul><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If you are good at painting, knitting, or some other crafty hobbies, consider making your employees a homemade gift.</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Celebrate milestones and anniversaries with appropriate gifts that speak to each employee.</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Create </span><a href="https://nectarhr.com/recognition-rewards"><span style="font-size: 11pt; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; text-decoration-line: underline; text-decoration-skip-ink: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">customized swag</span></a><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> for employees to reward them for doing a good job.</span></p></li></ul><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:6pt;"><span style="font-size: 16pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5) Using Physical (Appropriate) Touch To Improve Recognition At Work</span></h2><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Last, let’s talk about physical (appropriate) touch at work. Over the last few years, contact at work has been seen as unfavorable. Appropriate touch is still possible, though. An affirming handshake or pat on the back can truly make a difference and help you connect with your employees.</span></p><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:16pt;margin-bottom:4pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(67, 67, 67); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Physical Touch Employee Recognition Ideas</span></h3><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">One of the most important things to remember when using physical touch as employee recognition is to </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 700; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">read the room</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. If your employees aren’t comfortable with any of these activities, you should stop.</span></p><ul><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pat your employees on the back after an excellent presentation.</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Do a group huddle after a long day at work that ends in a team chant.</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;" role="presentation"><span style="font-size: 11pt; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Create a high five line to get your team psyched for a big event.</span></p></li></ul><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:6pt;"><span style="font-size: 16pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Conclusion</span></h2><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Employee recognition tied to the preferred love language of your employees can be powerful. There are so many ways to recognize your employees for a job well done. Ensure that you take their feelings and feedback into consideration when figuring out how to support and applaud your employees. Don’t lean too heavily on gifts if your employees just want to be told “good job,” and vice versa. Your employees are telling you how they want to receive feedback and recognition every day. Listen and treat your employees how they want to be treated.</span></p><br></span>`) }} ...

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Employee Recognition Programs for Any Sized Business

{{ excerpt(`<span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Recognition for Any Size</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Employee Recognition is a movement that is growing. Company Culture is quickly becoming one of the top recruiting tools and is without a doubt the number one retention tool. Glassdoor reviews that dog on culture are crippling companies. Creating company culture is vital to having a productive and successful company, especially if you have a small or medium sized business that is growing. So why don’t all companies have a great culture?</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Culture Challenges</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Building a great company culture requires more than catered lunches or cool perks, those are great tools, but it is deeper. It requires employees to feel wanted and appreciated. More and more companies are adopting titles like “Culture Specialist” or “People and Culture” in an attempt to create programs or initiatives that will allow their company culture to grow and improve. These employees are not equipped with the right tools to establish a company culture program. Small and medium sized businesses do not have the budget to create their own program, and if they do, they are going to end up losing money on cost ineffective methods.</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>The Old Way</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>In the past in order to have an employee culture or employee recognition program you needed to be a Google, who spends 80 million a year just on food. Companies of 500+ employees needed to pay between $5 and $12 a month for rewards or recognition programs that were limited to digitizing spot bonuses. Spot bonuses were the king of recognition. Employees worked to receive these bonuses but never new if or when they would come. Other traditional methods are setting goals like “you can go home early if…” or “company party if we sell” these methods work as short-term incentives and may motivate employees for a brief period. Employee engagement has never been lower across all companies are part of this is the epidemic of spot bonuses and other bonuses. Rather than shoveling more money on top of employees it is time to allow them to feel recognized, respected, and needed in their current positions.</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Peer Recognition is the New King</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Peer-to-Peer Recognition is the new guy in town. Companies are adopting different systems to allow employees to recognize their peers for jobs well done. The benefits of having a peer-to-peer recognition program are that employees feel appreciated by their team and validated for their work. Companies have been doing this over time with any number of ways in past from placing marbles in jars, giving redeemable tickets, and other programs. The reason for these initiatives is that most companies who sell recognition software require large budgets to cover the platform itself and all initiatives to reward employees. This is costly for all companies but especially for companies that are below 500 employees and so they remain using their spot bonuses to try and compete.&nbsp;</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>How to Set Up a Recognition Program&nbsp;</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Setting up a recognition program can be time consuming and difficult, especially if you are a small HR team. You have to determine best practices and what makes the most sense to reward employees. Employee Feedback systems are a must to understand what is working and what is failing. Employee Perks go hand and hand with Employee Rewards as well as employees want to see that being enrolled in the program is worth it. All-in-all setting up your very own recognition program is a hassle that most would prefer to avoid.</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>What’s the Solution?</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Nectar HR is the solution. The founders of Nectar HR recognized that there was a flaw in recognition platforms. Most companies are driven by an enterprise selling business model that requires multiple conversations with a specialist to even make a sale and then weeks of implementation. As a result the only companies that make their time worth it and turn a profit are large companies. They don’t have a solution for the average sized company and so there is a massive disconnect. Enter Nectar. Nectar HR launched a free Employee Engagement Platform, complete with Peer-to-Peer Recogniton, Employee Rewards, Employee Perks, and Employee Feedback. Nectar HR realized that smaller HR teams didn’t have access to the tools that came from most Employee Recognition Companies. They also made the implementation of their platform completely self-service. Signing up for Nectar takes 3 steps and that includes onboarding your entire company.</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Why Use Nectar?</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Company Culture has a direct relationship with employee retention. Every industry is moving towards the need to recognize employees (you can thank us millennials for that). Using Nectar is a cost effective way to launch an employee recognition program without having to pull out your hair. Nectar HR allows companies to take their existing recognition initiatives (gift cards or spot bonuses) and plug that directly in to their platform to create a more organized and involved system. Small and Medium sized businesses need a recognition solution that fits them, and Nectar HR is that Solution.</span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Sign up today at <a href="http://www.nectarhr.com"><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>www.nectarhr.com</span></a></span><br><br><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'><span style='font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'><img src="https://i.froala.com/download/312eaac0492f9b7804e90f810bc62a028fd7cef0.png?1573660733" style="width: 444px; height: 259.717px;" class="fr-fic fr-dib"></span></span><br>`) }} ...

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Nectar: Employee Perks and More

{{ excerpt(`<section>Whether you’re at a desk, out making sales calls, or meeting with clients, every job can have its share of monotony and discouragement. So how do you get motivated, feel validated, and stay happy in your work? This is where recognition, engagement, and employee perk platform Nectar comes in.<br>Nectar, formerly known as PerkNow, is a social platform that rewards employees, recognizes achievements, and provides a perk system where employees can select from numerous vendors. Nectar also provides interactive engagement surveys, where employees can answer pertinent questions and even participate in two-way anonymous messenger and customizable question sessions.</section><section><br><img src="https://newsroom.siliconslopes.com/content/images/2019/10/platform-ss.png" alt="platform-ss" class="fr-fic fr-dii"><br></section><section><br></section><section><br></section><section>CEO Trevor Larsen entered the employee perk scene because of his own business ventures. His mobile car-detailing business was a good fit for companies that wanted to offer their employees performance rewards. After a while, Larsen noticed that some companies did well keeping up with employee perks, but most didn’t. After a bit of research, he found that the issue was communication. That got his wheels turning, and in 2017 the platform for PerkNow was born.&nbsp;</section><section><br></section><section>After offering employee perks with PerkNow, Larsen knew there could be more. What he came up with was a totally interactive platform where employees could be recognized, not only by their boss, but by their coworkers, and also receive perks, take surveys, and interact with management and coworkers. “Two in three employees don’t feel adequately recognized at work. With how much time and energy people invest in their jobs, it’s amazing how few of them feel valued. Most companies have the right intentions but lack the tools or resources to build an effective recognition program,” said Larsen in a recent press release.</section><section><br>What sets Nectar apart from other platforms on the market is their “freemium model” which offers the core product at a perpetually free price. From there, employers can upgrade based on their needs. Another factor is that Nectar is self-service, meaning companies can get their employees onboarded for free in less than 15 minutes, rather than days or weeks. One look at their user-friendly website and it’s clear that Nectar is a simple way to build positive interaction between employees. In companies where employees are geographically spread out, engagement can be difficult- it’s not practical to get everyone together and recognize employees for a job well done. Now with Nectar, coworkers can interact and recognize each other quickly and effectively.</section><section><br>With recent seed funding, Nectar is better than ever and ready to help companies bring unity and recognition back to the workplace. To learn more visit <a href="https://nectarhr.com/">https://nectarhr.com/</a>.</section>`) }} ...

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