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RPI Honors BAE Systems & University of Calgary with 2018 Best Practice Awards

Posted By Sue Yoemans, Friday, May 11, 2018

 

BAE Systems and the University of Calgary took home the top honors at the recent Recognition Professionals International Annual Convention in Nashville. It was the first time RPI has had a tie for the top award, as both BAE Systems and the University of Calgary received the honor.

BAE Systems was recognized for embracing RPI’s Seven Best Practice Standards. Like many organizations, BAE Systems applied for the award in the past and last year received three Excellence in Standards awards. BAE Systems has a company-wide program to recognize and reward employee accomplishments, which are strongly tied to their performance and living their cultural values.

The strength of the BAE Systems recognition program comes from the fact that it was designed by its employees and grows because they are vested and have ownership of the program and the tools. BAE Systems regularly and responsibly reviews each program for its responsiveness to employee needs. Their program utilization, which has risen by over 200% in the past four years, has become a key measurement with its executive leadership team and is a part of the organization’s strategic goals for continuous improvement.

The University of Calgary is a first-time award applicant. This organization formed a cross-disciplinary Recognition Steering Committee to guide the development, implementation, and ongoing review of employee recognition in 2013. They did so understanding the key role of recognition in employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention. The Committee set out to create a recognition strategy that aligned with the university’s strategic plan and values – to provide best practice recognition programs, education and communication for all staff. To build the strategy, they used their findings from an Employee Recognition Preferences survey, the analysis of existing practices and programs as well as reviewing  recognition programs at leading universities in Canada and consulting with a third party provider.

RPI judges were impressed with the strategic way the University of Calgary embraced this process. They took the time to create a network of the right organizational champions, they ensured they had great baseline data; their program supports the goals and values of the university, and they created some fun, engaging and well-used tools.

RPI’s Best Practices Judges for 2018 were:

  • Roy Saunderson, Chief Learning Officer at Rideau Recognition
  • Shelley Judges, Senior Manager of Employee Experience for TD Business Banking and a 2010 Best Practice winner
  • Dee Hansford, who has facilitated CRP and been instrumental with two organizations’ being awarded the overall Best Practices Award.
  • Cori Champagne of MIT, the 2016 Best Overall recipient.

Tags:  Awards  Best Practice Standards  Best Practices  employee engagement 

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Standard Success Stories: RBC’s Recognition Strategy

Posted By Jess Myers, RPI, Tuesday, January 9, 2018
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Note: RPI’s Seven Best Practice Standards are the cornerstone of successful employee recognition and rewards programs. In 2018, we are taking a closer look at each of the seven standards and RPI members who have been recognized for their practice of those standards. In the first installment, we take a look at Recognition Strategy, and the award-winning way that RBC practices this standard. The RPI Best Practice Awards nominations are now open for nominations through February 1, 2018.

RBC, based in Toronto, was a recipient of the Overall RPI Best Practice® Award in 2017, and is a shining example of how to do recognition strategy right. From their award-winning entry, they offer several samples of the ideas and actions behind their recognition strategy efforts.

All of RBC’s recognition and reward programs under the RBC Performance brand align with their Purpose, Vision and Values to become a leader in financial services wherever in the world they serve customers. That vision and those values help drive their recognition programs and are part of the criteria within the RBC Performance recognition and reward program.

RBC Performance, which is their flagship program, was launched in 1993 as a sales incentive points reward and recognition program and now serves over 75,000 employees. Among the core points of the program are:

  • Day-to-Day Recognition – RBC associates give and receive recognition to and from their peers and from retail branch managers and regional leaders on a regular basis.
  •  InstantThanks – RBC’s social recognition program permits employees so say thanks and send commendation comments and recognition for demonstrating our values and excellent customer service.
  • Branch Huddles – These happen before the bank door opens. Here customer service and product information is given. Managers and team members weave in recognition as often as they can.
  • Informal Recognition – RBC Performance is a comprehensive recognition system dedicated to improving RBC’s financial and service performance results.
  • RBC Performance Nominations and Awards – Employees can recognize individuals and teams who consistently go beyond expectations and make a difference in the business. RBC employees can nominate a colleague or team with RBC Performance’s online nomination feature. Nominations are based on RBC’s values and other key behaviors, and are expected to focus on outstanding performance in these categories. Managers select nominations based on merit and can award point values to send to the employee. The number of nominations and awards received contributes to selecting who attends the RBC Performance Conference.
  • Scratch ‘n Win Cards – Managers can give these cards for on-the-spot recognition. Employees virtually “scratch” a bar online to reveal a point value or the chance to be entered into a monthly draw.
  • Sales Campaigns – Managers in retail banking can recognize and reward employees and teams with points for achieving highest sales or service activities in any quarterly sales campaign.

The company also believes in more formal recognition, with a series of events and awards:

  • Leo Awards – This is RBC’s Academy-award-style celebration event. Employees who showcase the very best in sales, service or support are recognized at a special event during the RBC Performance Conference with “The Leo” Award. Regional leaders select Leo Award recipients from RBC Performance Conference recipients.
  • RBC Performance Conference – This is the best-of-the best annual conference for RBC’s top performers. Each region has a set number of eligible nominees to select. Quarterly Point Award winners are eligible candidates. Regional presidents and senior leaders choose conference attendees from across all roles. Conference winners are announced at each Regional Gala event. Each awardee receives a registration package to attend the Conference.
  • RBC Service Awards – Employees receive a choice of a gift award item on their milestone anniversary at two, five, 10, 15 years and in five-year increments up to 50-year level.

The results have not only been award from RPI, but recognition of RBC as one of the best places to work in Canada. For more information on RBC and their success with Recognition Strategy, please visit the company culture website at: https://www.rbc.com/careers/people-culture-awards.html

Tags:  employee engagement  formal recognition  RBC  recognition  recognition strategies  RPI 7 Best Practices  Strategy  success stories  Toronto 

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CRP Success Story: Jami Young, Asurion

Posted By By Jess Myers, RPI, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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The mantra of life-long learning is alive and well in Jami Young, CRP. A senior manager of customer solutions engagement at Nashville-based Asurion, Young completed her CRP certification nearly a decade ago. But through the many resources available in the employee recognition world, her skills are in a state of constant updating.

If you own an insurance policy on your smartphone, there’s a good chance you’re an Asurion customer. The company, with around 10,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, offers technology insurance policies. Young handles rewards and recognition for their call center operations and had been there for two years.

“I was able to come in and implement a system of measurements and involve our executive leadership in recognition,” Young said. “I needed to make sure we’re able to change as the business changes. I had training that was very conceptual, and now that I’m in it I see the importance of the structure involved in the recognition strategy model. When you’re in this role it’s such a collaborative effort and you have to able to show value at every step. I feel like CRP training was a huge driver  in that.”

Her CRP journey began nine years ago in Texas as Inspirus, where she worked with Theresa Harkins.

“Because Theresa was a certified trainer, we actually got to do CRP certification on site, which was really cool,” Young recalled. “That was my first jump into CRP training and I loved it. I feel it taught me a lot about why my customers were the practitioners of recognition, why it was important, how you show value to the rest of your organization and then how you start from scratch.”

Nearly a decade later, Young uses what she learned in the CRP program regularly.

“If I get in a rut, I have all of my CRP notebooks on hand and I’ll pull them out,” she said. “If I have to create a communications plan or a training program, I’ll pull out my CRP notebooks to see what the industry says and what my training says about the best practices in those areas.”

And the information available from RPI is an additional wealth of continuing education.

“I go to the RPI website all the time. There are really great whitepapers and presentations that you can review to see what other teams have done,” she said. “When it comes to this industry there are a lot of different ways of doing things. I’m not a HR professional, I’m an employee engagement professional. I’ve been on the operation support side of things, but I can get a lot of great information about what other companies do to drive recognition from the RPI website.”

A regular attendee at the RPI conference, Young said that with experience comes a propensity to tell colleagues about CRP certification and what a benefit it’s been in her career successes.

“It’s always going to be a part of what I do,” Young said. “I drank the Kool-Aid about recognition a long time ago so any chance I get I’ll push the certification to help people think about how they provide value. I think of CRP as a great way of helping strengthen our team. I want others to drink the Kool-Aid as well and I think RPI is a great way to do that.

 

Tags:  7 Best Practices  CRP  employee engagement 

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CRP Graduates Tout The Certification’s Value

Posted By Jess Myers, RPI, Friday, August 11, 2017

Since its launch a decade ago, recognition professionals from every corner of North America have learned the value of certification to their career and their organization’s employee engagement success. Recognition Professionals International made all of its Certified Recognition Professional® (CRP) courses available online in February, to grow our graduate community.

In recent weeks, several recognition professionals have offered their testimonials about CRP, and the value it provides in the profession:

“Since becoming a Certified Recognition Professional nine years ago, I have used the knowledge, expertise and industry best practices I gained to help my clients structure award-winning, sustainable programs.  Each year RPI offers opportunities for professional development that allow CRPs to remain on the cutting edge of this dynamic industry and I am grateful to be a part of this thriving community.” – Dee Hansford, CRP, Dee Hansford Consulting.

“I have found the CRP certification to be valuable not only to my professional growth, but most importantly a great benefit to the clients that I support. The certification has given me the confidence to guide clients to best practice recognition solutions. This is critical for building a culture of appreciation and the long-term success of their recognition initiatives.” – Kelli Johnson, CRP, Launch Manager, O.C. Tanner Company.

“Having worked in and out of the recognition industry for the past 15 years, it wasn’t until I went through the certification process that I fully understood the systematic methods and strategies of recognition and incentives. Obtaining my CRP and going through recertification has provided a fundamental foundation as well as competencies required for implementing and assessing programs/campaigns.  If you are thinking about pursuing your certification, just GO FOR IT!”  – Lori Rains, MA, CRP, Senior Program Manager, Spear One.

“Obtaining my CRP was the icing on the cake when I was called to write a reward and recognition program for over 10,000 employees. Having the resources and materials to reflect on my learning ensured that we had a quality recognition program using the best poractice standards.  I encourage anyone who has a passion or their job supports reward and recognition to take the RPI CRP program.  The networking and information is invaluable!  Thanks RPI.” – Carole Erken, CRP, Director of Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente.

“Going through the RPI certification was certainly a turning point in my career. As a solutions provider, it was extremely beneficial to learn more in depth about the science behind recognition and study the countless examples of what drives success. There were many ‘A-ha’ moments throughout. The focus on seven best practices and why they are crucial to a successful recognition program forms the basis of what RPI is all about. Amazing organization, I’d highly recommend the CRP courses they have certainly helped in my career, by influencing our internal strategy for recognition as well as how we deliver for our clients.” – Mark A. Prine, CRP, Vice President, National Accounts, EGR International Inc.

Goals of the CRP program include:

  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in employee recognition.
  • To encourage continuing education for professional development.
  • To encourage self-development by offering guidelines for achievement in the employee recognition profession.
  • To identify and award special recognition to those persons who have demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of those principles and practices of employee recognition and also laws governing and affecting employee recognition.

CRP designation consists of four courses and exams. All CRP candidates receive the comprehensive learning guide which includes valuable templates, worksheets and case studies that can be utilized to implement a recognition program based on RPI’s Seven Best Practices. Each course is $595 for practitioner premium/business partner members; $750 for basic RPI members and $795 for non-members. Until October 1, 2017, participants can save $75 on each course by using the promo code “Recognition17” when registering.

CRP designation demonstrates to leaders, peers and clients a commitment to continuing education and excellence in the discipline of workforce recognition. RPI’s program is renowned as the most comprehensive, authoritative resource for individuals seeking to develop and test their skills and knowledge within this field.

RPI offers a webinar featuring additional testimonials from several CRP graduates. For more information, please visit the official RPI website, www.rec

 

Tags:  certification  CRP  employee engagement  recognition strategies 

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