Category Archives: Reward & Recognition

Making Commercial Sense of Employee Recognition

Making Commercial Sense of Employee Recognition

So this week I have been quoted as saying “recognising your people is not about being ‘nice’ it just makes good commercial sense”. Recognition has always been one of the drivers of what I consider makes a healthy and high performing business. In all my years of working with, being in, listening to and visiting businesses, I can tell immediately, those committed to recognition and those that believe their people get paid  to show up  and that’s it. It’s the…

#TBT…Longing to belong

#TBT…Longing to belong

I wrote this post at the end of September 2014… and the core of what I wrote about still firmly holds true for me, especially having spent the first part of the week at Marcus Evans talking all things Redii and Recognition in the workplace – it is all still very much about harnessing the “community” that is your organisation, aligning your people to a common cause and recognising their achievements for executing the “plan” all along the journey. As…

Creating community… when you’re a thousand miles away

In the outback for NT business month

I’m on the road a lot. In fact, as I write this, I’m about 2,500kms away from home sharing what I have learned for the Northern Territory October Business Month. And, as anyone who has to travel for work knows, you often feel isolated and not part of the team. I’ve learnt how to adapt to being on the move and can now work from anywhere, but one of the things that comes to mind constantly is how technology has…

The five new rules of work (connectedness will be critical)

The five new rules of work (connectedness will be critical)

I shared with business leaders this morning how I (and others) see workplaces shifting and evolving. For some it will feel more like a revolution than an evolution. Teams will be brought together – who may never meet… working anywhere on the planet. People will work concurrently for several and many employers. People will want to work part time, and flexibly as we live longer and want to stay meaningfully employed. Supervisors might not see or be present when team…

10 steps to building the best employee recognition program

10 steps to building the best employee recognition program

I find myself in a fortunate position of regularly being able to speak to audiences about my passions and sense of purpose. And as I shared today with the Chartered Accountants Business Forum, that a considerable part of why I do what I do is about promoting people’s well being at work. I explained about my commitment to great work places and that recognition was a key part of that… For those who did attend the session today I did…

Preaching what we Practise

Jemma GM - RED

As most know I have moved to a founding director role at RedBalloon – Kristie Buchanan CEO has well and truly put her stamp on the business as she leads the business to it’s next phase of growth. We presented last week at the Growth Summit to fellow entrepreneurs on what it is like working with the founding director and how we transitioned to CEO. One of the questions came from the audience “what are you going to do now…

A simple story in recognition.

Two past RedBallooners (and me supporting them) who are now working in NYC

Over the past 10 years RedBalloon has had many members of the team leave the business often to run their own show, travel, take on study or leave to work elsewhere. RedBalloon has been part of their personal journey, part of their learning, development and education – we have impacted and supported them. And in return they have appreciated being part of RedBalloon. On a personal level we are often sad to say good-bye given that we experience so much…

Secret Sauce on Engagement

Megan - accountable for the employee experience - Sailing with the team

I had a great time debating with my colleague Megan (Employee Experience Manager – an HR professional) about what engagement means at RedBalloon – she has developed and documented all the things we do – and Matt in our corporate team is getting ready to share that with the world. Here are some points from a webinar that my colleague Emma sent me on the same topic I have added the RedBalloon view of the world in italics: Engagement is…

One more step towards a balanced board room

I remembering hearing once “if you win the rat race – you are still a rat”. Not sure why that pops to mind as begin to explore the process of becoming a director on a publicly listed company. “If you can’t beat them join them” might be more apt. I have discovered some interesting things already on the journey to holding another directorship. The women I know who hold paid board roles – have unanimously encouraged me to join their…

What is your employee engagement capability?

One of the questions I am often asked is ‘How do you do it?’ – or ‘what is your magic bullet on employee engagement?’ I have blogged regularily on what has worked for RedBalloon, but as one attendees after last nights ‘TheHIVE’ event declared ‘all businesses are not like RedBalloon, selling fabulous experiences. How do I know if the business I work in is capable of engagement?’ – Great question. I was so glad I had a quick answer for…