Posts Tagged 'perks'

Employee Recognition Is Up in Down Economy

A recent CareerBuilderSurvey found that while companies are cutting down on perks, benefits, travel and incentives, employee recognition is actually up!

It seems that the benefits of sound recognition programs are understood in most organizations. They know that the returns of good recognition far outweigh the costs.

Want to reap some of those returns? Forget about expensive appreciation events and awards for now. Focus on recognition between individuals.

Manager-driven programs produce the best results so teach managers how to build meaningful recognition into their overburdened schedules without causing additional hardship.

Second to manager-driven recognition is peer-driven recognition. Set up simple peer awards with little or no monetary component so that they don’t require a lot of oversight.

Create programs that drive your most important business initiatives. This helps morale and produces the results you really need right now.

Have some ideas you would like to share? I want to hear them!


Heartache Leave

Reuters posted a story in January (okay I am behind the times) about Japanese marketing company which offers “heartache” leave. According to their CEO, the purpose is to allow “staff to cry themselves out and return to work refreshed.” They also provide four morning per year for “sales shopping leave”

From my perspective, these wouldn’t typically make for a great company policy. However, in this case, there are only seven people working there, all women. It seems to me that this is a CEO that knows the preferences of her team and offers perks that they really value.

What do you think?


A recent article in India’s Economic Times about Google’s Bangalore offices has caused me to wonder  just how different we are from country to country when it comes to perk and rewards.

Here are a few of the perks at Google India:

  • Chair massages
  • Food no more than 100 feet away
  • Gourmet meals
  • Foosball tables
  • Winter holiday and summer parties
  • Google Idol competition

Sounds pretty similar to Google U.S. to me. Any employees who have worked at both, want to comment on how the perks and rewards vary between the two countries?

All the best,

Cindy Ventrice

My name is Cindy Ventrice. I am the author of the best-selling book Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works and the companion guide Recognition Strategies That Work.

My work has been quoted in The New York Times, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Workforce Magazine, and Tim Sanders' book The Likeability Factor.

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