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November 1, 2019

Recognition Tips and Tools

At Levy Recognition, we believe that recognition should be embedded in every aspect of the workday. We are excited to offer organizations ways to not only show appreciation for their employees but also invite them to be engaged with the program and shape it into something they love.
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September 26, 2019

Human Resources Trends that Improve Employee Attraction and Retention

The perception of human resources has changed. Once thought of as an administrative department focused on managing employee benefits and processing onboarding paperwork, it is now a dominant role in the ongoing “talent war.” HR professionals have become a crucial part in recruiting and retaining employees, and they have reinvented themselves [...]
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August 22, 2019

5 Ways to Screw Up Employee Recognition

Employee recognition is an integral part of improving company culture and overall company bottom line. Several studies have shown that giving incentives and recognition in the workplace has many benefits including, but not limited to, reducing employee turnover, raising productivity levels, increasing customer retention, and boosting employee [...]
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August 16, 2019

Do Employee Gifts Need to be Claimed on Taxes?

A common question about implementing an awards and recognition program is whether or not employees are required to claim their awards on their taxes. The ever-changing federal and state regulations can make it difficult to stay on top of tax codes associated with rewards and incentives given as part of an employee program. Employers may give [...]
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August 9, 2019

Ask Levy: When Cash Incentives Aren’t Enough

Dear Levy, My company regularly recognizes employees for their hard work and contributions to the workplace. Primarily we give financial rewards to deserving employees. There have been times that employees seem dissatisfied with the reward or they have complained the amount of the reward is not enough. What do you do for employees who believe [...]
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August 2, 2019

How Incentive Programs Strengthen Partnerships and Retain Employees

For most businesses, increasing profits and strengthening channel partner relationships is a top priority. Companies in every industry are trying to stay ahead of their competition and expand their business. At the very core of their business success are their employees and the employees of their channel partners. Understanding what it takes [...]
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July 3, 2019

Is Your Recognition Program Buzz Worthy?

You’ve put the time and money into creating your company’s employee recognition program. It’s time to get it off the ground and implement it in the workplace. It’s exciting, and you’re ready for your employees to get excited about it too. What you want most is to have your employees engaged in using the program and the company experiencing [...]
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June 14, 2019

The ABC’s of Executive Buy-In

Recognition programs are more successful with the support of executive team members. Getting their buy-in helps promote the program, encourage more employee engagement, and boosts participation. You know the importance of recognition in the workplace. You also know that having company leaders be activists for recognition would give the [...]
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June 6, 2019

Channel Incentive Best Practices You Don’t Want to Overlook

You have probably seen channel incentive programs work effectively at other companies. You may have also seen how they can motivate distributors, dealers, contractors, and other sales agents to step efforts and drive higher revenue. Channel incentive programs are a smart business investment. They are designed to drive partner behaviors, [...]
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May 31, 2019

Ask Levy- Cash Rewards

Dear Levy, We want to offer our employees great benefits that make them feel appreciated for working hard. We want them to feel like they are being Should employees who work harder get bonuses? If so, how should bonuses be determined? Is there any benefit to not giving cash rewards? -- Benefits Manager  
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