Valentine's Day Giveaway Winners: Announced!

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Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our giveaway winners:

Tracy J.
Maggie B.
Karen H.

We hope you enjoy your beautiful roses trimmed in 24K gold & that everyone had a very happy Valentine’s Day. Now… what should we do with the 2,894 Sweet-tarts Hearts?

Winners have been notified.

Workplace Safety: Not Only For Big Business

All too often, smaller companies have a habit of not emphasizing the importance of safety in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) applies to every business in the U.S. – not just those in manufacturing or warehousing!

Place warning signs near wet floors or trip hazards to prevent accidents

Here are a few simple steps to keep your workplace safe:

  1. Appoint “Disaster Chiefs” (people in the office who know CPR, in charge of calling police/fire department, etc.) and let your employees know where to turn during a crisis. Review annually in case the persons appointed are no longer around to perform their duties.
  2. Know the fire escape plan and do at least one fire drill a year. This will let you know the faults in your plan and correct them before an incident actually happens.
  3. Do at least one tornado drill per year. Stress its importance during “Severe Weather Preparedness Week” (for 2013, March 3rd – 9th) for a more real-world tie in.
  4. Have First Aid supplies on hand and check to make sure they are well-stocked and not expired.
  5. Assess your workplace at least once a year, looking for trip hazards and better ways to organize in case of a disaster. Make sure to highlight these areas appropriately or fix them to decrease the chance of accidents.

In an exceptionally safe workplace, consider rewarding your employees with one of the many safety awards Royal Recognition offers. By focusing on health and safety, we can avoid the human and business costs of workplace injuries and improve productivity. Stay safe everyone!

Measuring Morale and Motivating Employees

No doubt, motivated employees perform stronger and produce more which leads to a healthier bottom line for everyone at a business. But, how do you measure whether or not you have motivated employees?  And how do you know what “exactly” motivates a particular individual? According to an article posted at EHow Money, the simplest way to learn where your employees are at with their morale and what will help get them super motivated, is to just ask! Survey employees at least yearly to find out what will make them work harder. It is important to ask because there are clearly different motivators for different generations.  Besides being motivated by different things, individuals will prefer to receive feedback in varying ways. Again, asking questions is always the best policy to learn what your employees prefer. No matter what method employees prefer to receive feedback, they universally need to know where they are at towards their work goals and be recognized for their contributions. Employee recognition programs offer an opportunity for employers to reward a job well done and let employees know they are on target. Taking into consideration that different generations and people are motivated in many diverse ways, having an employee choice recognition program can be the answer you seek to motivate your employees. Royal Recognition, Inc. can work with you to create a rewards program that will be the perfect fit for your company and your employees. Recognizing individuals for a job well done will reward you with loyal employees who feel valued and contribute their best to the organization.

Corporate Gift Giving & The Holiday Bottom Line

Every year around this time at Royal Recognition, sales of promotional items and corporate gifts pick up into full swing. We couldn’t have said it better than Sarah Rohlfing in this Incentives magazine article:

Companies interested in gifting high-value items from top name brands, while keeping an eye on the bottom line, should look to incentive companies. Their factory-direct relationships with leading brands allow corporations to purchase in-demand items at the most competitive prices.

The holiday rush is on–make a point to stay organized, keep up on the latest trends, and make a statement with whatever corporate gifts you’re thinking of giving this winter.

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