- Case Studies
Recognition Planner 2019
Each year there are numerous events, holidays, and industry observances that provide excellent opportunities to recognize your employees in a meaningful and engaging way. Use our Recognition Planner to stay on top of all your workplace celebrations.
Quick Guide to Consolidating Employee Recognition
Consolidating recognition programs onto a single platform creates great big levers an organization can use to influence employee engagement and satisfaction.
The Basics of Modern Service Awards
This eBook covers all aspects of a best-in-class Service Anniversary program.
Seven Alternatives To ‘Thank You’ That Will Improve Your Communication Skills
A member of the Forbes Communications Council, HALO Recognition penned this article for them on improving your gratitude vocabulary.
Workspan: Measuring The Value of Employee Recognition
With enterprise-level reward and recognition programs becoming commonplace, HR leaders can no longer afford to ignore the breadth of data and ROI analysis potential modern recognition platforms provide.
HALO Recognition Achievement Solutions
Learn about how HALO Recognition’s achievement solutions can give you the power to celebrate your people in a real and personal way.
List of upcoming events, conferences and workshops HALO Recognition representatives will be attending
Quick Tips For Innovative Incentives
Incentive Magazine Q&A with HALO Recognition with suggestions and quick tips for innovative incentives and how to market them.
Skilled Up: 4 Practical Tips for Engaging Remote Employees
In one sense, all employees — whether they work onsite or offsite — are the same. All must be immersed in the corporate culture of the organization and feel leadership values their contributions. Those basic tenets of employee engagement apply to both virtual and in-office employees.
Talent Management: The Finer Details on Wellness
With wellness programs, communication and individual manager engagement go a long in ensuring recognition and encouragement pay off.
Becker’s Hospital Review: Employee recognition critical to boosting employee engagement within healthcare organizations
Parker Hannifin – Case Study
Global Recognition Made Easy
WorldatWork: Millennials Value Work-Life, Purpose More than Salary
Millennials now outnumber all other generations in the workforce, and they value work-life integration, personal relationships and a greater purpose more than higher salaries or corporate ladders.
Healthcare Snapshot: Driving Employee Engagement through Points-Based Initiatives
Consider the story of two healthcare providers in Texas that merged to form a substantial central hospital serving 1.2 million people in 62 countries. The newly formed hospital’s mission was to provide quality care to the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Even though the hospital was in a position to provide better patient care, it faced a declining reputation due to rising turnover rates and diminishing employee morale. The healthcare provider reached out to Michael C. Fina to develop a recognition strategy that would drive positive employee behaviors while creating a culture of recognition.
Workspan: First-Year Impressions are Everything
First introductions can be awkward, but for organizations the payoff for offering employees a memorable first-year experience can translate into a more engaged workforce and a lower turnover rate.
ERE Media: It’s Official – Millennials Are Now the Largest Part of the U.S. Workforce
Currently 1 in 3 American workers are Millennial-aged, and as the Boomer Exodus continues, they will inexorably become the most dominant segment of workers.
Ragan: How to Express Gratitude and Motivate Your Employees
Sometimes gratitude is the only thing keeping your employees engaged with their work. People have an intrinsic need to be recognized, and when that need goes unfulfilled it can make us feel as though we don't exist. When that happens, engagement and motivation are off the table.
10 Awesome Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day
Friday March 2nd is Employee Appreciation Day, the one day of the year you really shouldn’t forget to appreciate your employees.
First-Year Impressions are Everything
How you treat your new hires within their first year matters now more than ever for retention and engagement.
HR: Inculcate Innovation
With environment conducive to individual creativity/innovation. In successful organizations where employees are highly engaged and productive, producing the best work is no longer about putting in the most hours—what’s most important is getting employees’ best hours.
HRO Today: The Pulse of Recognition
A recent poll shows three growing trends in workplace appreciation.
PR Web: Six Employee Engagement Fundamentals for Building a Culture of Excellence
Employee Onboarding Kits
Organizations with a strong onboarding process can improve new hire retention by 82%, productivity by 70%, and make employees 58% more likely to stay beyond three years. Making a good first impression is more important than ever.
HR: Base Pay or Recognition?
What’s more important: Base pay or being appreciated for your work?
Workspan: Modern Service Awards
Celebrating milestones is still a cornerstone for employee recognition
Workspan: Rewarding the Gig Worker Through Recognition
Treating your gig workers like valued team members will pay large dividends if you take the time to recognize their efforts.
Eye On Recognition
Employee recognition investments are the strongest they have been in a decade, and the technology available has made it much easier for organizations to get the most out of each dollar spent.
Entrepreneur: For Employers, Three Weeks’ Notice is Key
Retention and engagement have a strange relationship: Engagement with the work someone does may increase his or her retention as an employee. But, at the same time, retention can be quite apathetic to engagement. The reason is the many external factors that may prompt an employee’s separation from an employer.
Six Quick Tips To Make Your Remote Employees Feel More Included
By making a consistent effort to intentionally include all of your employees and ensure they feel included, you can create a collaborative environment that ultimately benefits all members of your team.
Becker’s Hospital Review: Spotting an unengaged employee
Employee engagement is critical to an organization's growth and survival. Hospitals and health systems realize that a disengaged workforce can negatively impact an organization's productivity, efficiency and quality of care.
What repealing the Affordable Care Act means for patient satisfaction
No matter the legislature changes, continue to reward and recognize employees for making patients happy and well, and continue to strive for performance goals as if nothing will change. No reason to give up some of the positive impacts of ACA just because Uncle Sam isn't watching anymore.
Entrepreneur: How to Recognize Your Employees, 5 Days a Week
Workspan: As Teleworking Booms, Recognition Keeps Employees Connected
Employers who can offer telework should support it with forward-thinking recognition and engagement schemes that eschew hierarchy and reach the widest possible audience.
Society for HR Management: Pope Francis – Don’t Glorify Your Boss, Rest More, Pay Women Equitably
Workspan: The Recipe for Recognition Success
Thoughtful and meaningful recognition can make a difference in retention. - Workspan March 2015
Meeting Human Capital Challenges in Healthcare with Recognition
This eBook reviews different ways to help improve hospital culture, performance, and retention through recognition, including some industry best practices you can put to use today.
Premium Incentive Products: 3 Tips for Revamping a Service Award Program
The right mix of outreach awareness, relevant awards and memorable experiences is all you need to positively affect engagement.
Making the Most of an Employee’s First Year – Incentive Magazine
The first year of employment is crucial in establishing a positive rapport with new hires. When a company invests in the happiness and well-being of new employees, a successful first year can increase the chances of their staying with the organization beyond the average job tenure.
The Importance Of The Employee Feedback Loop
When an employee holds back information out of fear of losing their job, their reputation or a beneficial relationship, that tension doesn’t go away on its own.
Why culture matters—and how to help yours thrive
With unemployment at a 43-year low, it's a seller's market for talent. Money goes just so far, especially among younger superstars. Here's how to be a magnet for top performers.
Beckers Hospital Review: Top 5 Ways to Recognize Nurses
Nurses play a large, important role in patient care in hospitals, and keeping nurses engaged in an organization can boost not only nurse satisfaction, but patient satisfaction as well. One way to keep nurses engaged is through recognition programs.
Newsday: Gauging Employee Satisfaction
Workspan: Developing Managers – A Key to Employee Happiness
Take care of your managers by providing them with the training and tools they need to engage effectively with their teams.
Your Company’s Future Leaders May Be Right Under Your Nose—And You Don’t Realize It (SHRM 2018)
Business News Daily: 10 Things You Should Never Write in a ‘Thank You’ Note
Thank-you notes, while not mandatory, are a great idea if you want to get ahead professionally. Whether you've just had a job interview or you're looking to impress your clients, sometimes all it takes is a short, hand-written note to set you apart.
Take Recognition To The Next Level
6 Quick Facts About Millennials in the Workplace
The infographic offers organizations insightful details about Millennials’ professional goals and interests.
The Power of Partnership – Ferguson Enterprises Case Study
Ferguson Enterprises needed a corporate reward program that would reach and motivate their 22,000+ strong workforce. With the help of Michael C. Fina Recognition they created Ferguson PERKS, starting a long-term partnership that has delivered results in the form of higher retention, engagement, and safety accountability.
Northwell Health and Michael C. Fina Recognition Team Up for Successful Rebranding
Presentation at Recognition Professional International Conference Highlights Role of Recognition in Northwell Health’s Rebrand
Supporting working parents during back-to-school season and beyond
Working with your employees to ensure they have what they need to be successful -- including peace of mind when it comes to some of the day-to-day parenting stresses -- can go a long way.
Smart Blog: 7 Employee Behaviors That Always Deserve Recognition
New tool enables frequent, informal, recognition
Recognition Notes, modernizes the 'note on door' culture of the past.
Driving Healthcare Employee Engagement Through Points-Based Initiatives
Entrepreneur: 4 Tips to Make Sure Team Members Working from Home Aren’t Overlooked
You might have an open door policy at work, but what does that mean for employees who never set foot in the office? Over the last decade, telecommuting has grown from a fringe benefit to an essential business tool.
New York Hospital of Queens
The accompanying case study outlines these solutions, which quickly resulted in greater technological efficiency, a larger selections of rewards from which employees could select, and a fun interactive way for employees to redeem their points.
5 Myths of Employee Engagement (Infographic)
There is a lot of misinformation out there about how to effectively engage your employees. This infographic dispels the five most persistent myths surrounding employee engagement to help you get the most out of your workforce.
Employee Appreciation Day – 10 Quick Tips for Managers
According to Gallup, the number 1 reason workers quit their jobs is due to a bad boss or immediate supervisor. Building positive relationships with employees is a critical management skill, and these 10 Tips for Managers can help hone these skills on Employee Appreciation Day and beyond.
Ragan: Better Late than Never
Recognizing your people's outstanding efforts or flashes of brilliance can fall by the wayside during crunch time. Whatever the reason for the lag, note that success for staff engagement.
Appreciating a Multigenerational Workforce
In order to help you quickly identify generational differences as well as motivators and themes for recognizing employees of every generation appropriately, we created the “Appreciating A Multigenerational Workforce” infographic. Share this piece with managers and leaders to help them recognize and engage every employee.
It’s Never Too Early to Engage
Recognizing workers early on in their careers is critical for employee engagement and retention. A recent study indicates that 67% of HR professionals believe in recognizing employees during their first year. The impact of early recognition can be far-reaching when used as part of a long-term recognition strategy.
PVH Workplace Performance Priority
HRO Today: The Secret Sauce
Today’s recognition programs have quite a heavy load to carry on their shoulders. Organizations expect them to increase loyalty, productivity, and retention. And when executed properly, they are doing just that.
ERE Media: Straight from the Employee’s Mouth: 3 Keys to Being an Engaging Manager
Managers are the No. 1 influence on employee engagement in the workplace, while being one of the most under-trained positions in the business world.
ERE Media: Why Can’t We Get past Our Great Vacation Evasion?
As we all get back into the swing of work after the long Labor Day weekend, it’s worth noting that Americans aren’t the biggest fans of taking vacations.
ERE Media: The Ethics of Over-The-Top, On-The-Job CEO Rhetoric
CEOs are a fountain from which the culture and identity of an organization flows from the top down. However, they can sometimes get a little “fired up” when it comes to speaking about their competition in front of their employees.
HR: Rewarding Managers for Engagement
4 Keys to Manager Recognition Success, Ways to Improve Manager Engagement
HR: Early Recognition Makes an Impact
HR Professionals are realizing that with the national job average job tenure sitting at just under 5 years, recognizing employees early on is important for building a strong, long-lasting connection and personal relationship that will have a positive impact on the individual and help the company boost retention and engagement.
Building an Engaged Hospital Staff
Increase employee engagement and link it to the behaviors that drive patient satisfaction scores
Checking the Pulse of Recognition in Healthcare
Human Resources Roundtable discussion on current challenges and strategies
Top 5 Employee Recognition Initiatives
The top 5 employee recognition initiatives for driving increased employee engagement.
Evolving Trends in the Global Workforce
How to prepare your global workforce for the future.
Recognition Programs: The Best Prescription for Healthcare Organizations
The Best Prescription for Healthcare Organizations
Yankee Candle – Case Study
Collaboration & Partnership
North Shore-LIJ – Staten Island University Hospital
Increased productivity with their achievement-based recognition program.
North Mississippi Health Services
Award-Winning Organization Enhances Recognition Program With Consolidated Platform
Top 5 Recognition Initiatives for Nurses
Nurses comprise one of the largest segments of the U.S. workforce, with over 3 million nationwide. We recognize these tireless men and women for Nurses’ Week with an infographic that highlights the top 5 nursing-specific recognition initiatives.
PR Web: Michael C. Fina Adds New Features to Its Recognition Wall
Increasing Adoption of the Social Recognition Tool Helps Companies Realize a More Collaborative and Connected Workplace
PR Web: New Survey Shows Wellness and Early Recognition Are Top Employee Engagement Priorities
Smart Blogs: Fixing Income Inequality in the Workplace
Income inequality is a divisive issue in our political climate, bolstered in no small part by lingering tensions from the 2008 financial crisis, a recent push for a higher federal minimum wage, and a 2010 Princeton University study that identified $75,000 as an ideal salary for achieving happiness.
Society for HR Management: Workers More Satisfied Now than in past Five Years
More U.S. workers feel good about their jobs today than at any other time since the recession kicked into high gear, according to the latest Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Business 2 Community: The Open Office Backlash
According to the International Management Facility Association, nearly 70 percent of corporate offices now have so-called “open-plan” offices, or work environments with no walls or cubicles. However, new research suggests that open-plan offices may be having the reverse effect.
Premium Incentive Products: 3 Tips for Revamping a Service Award Program
We celebrate milestones in our personal lives to remember how far we've come and the effort it took to get there. Recognizing a birthday or anniversary is one of the most natural ways to show thanks, and that's why celebrating work milestones with service awards is a cornerstone of employee recognition programs.
Smart Blogs: The High-Potential Ultimatum
These days you can’t go a week without hearing about the virtues of flexible schedules. They greatly reduce absenteeism and environmental impact, and spur faster company growth.
Society for HR Management: Overwhelmed at Work
Today’s workers have more technological conveniences than ever to help them do their jobs. Employers are increasingly offering work/life balance in the form of flexible schedules and telecommuting. So it would seem counter-intuitive that large numbers of people feel stressed and overwhelmed at work.
ERE Media: Employees Come to Work Sick
How much sense does this make: Retail and restaurant workers, who come into more direct contact with the average customer than any other job, are the least likely to have paid sick leave as a benefit.
Entrepreneur: Base Pay vs. Recognition
What’s more important: base pay or being appreciated for your work? A recent survey released by Boston Consulting Group polled more than 200,000 employees around the world to create a definitive list of the top 10 factors for on-the-job happiness.
Leveling up by Years of Service
As employees gain new skills and experience from their first day through retirement, employee engagement “levels up” and provides added “bonuses” at every milestone. (infographic)
ERE Media: Are Higher Wages the Guiding Strategy for Companies This Year?
President Obama threw down the gauntlet in January’s State of the Union address, challenging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9/hour, citing a rebounding economy and stagnating inequality.
News OK: Mind Your Own Business/Attention Bosses: Thank Your Employees Friday!
In advance of Friday’s Employee Appreciation Day, Michael C. Fina, a New York-based provider employee recognition and incentive programs is offering these quick tips on how to mark the special day:
A Guide to Employee Appreciation
Employee Appreciation Day occurs once every year in March, but recognizing employee achievements with special events and celebrations should be a year-round mission. Our eBook, A Guide to Employee Appreciation, gives managers and team leaders tips on comfortably planning a celebration, as well as specific event ideas.
Business News Daily: Improving Employee Performance Is All about Communication
"People always appreciate straightforwardness and genuine interactions over management gimmicks. Setting a tone of sincerity and giving the employee a judgment-free space to articulate their challenges is the best way to elicit an honest dialogue."
Engaging Today’s Workforce
With employee turnover on the rise, employee engagement has become a hot topic for HR leaders. Learn the difference between engaged and disengaged employees and how to increase engagement throughout your workforce with our “Engaging Today’s Workforce” infographic.
ERE Media: How One Winning Actress Fueled the Oscars’ Equal Pay Moment
In case you haven’t been on the Internet in the last 36 hours, Patricia Arquette is being celebrated for more than just her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood.
Business 2 Community: Make Your Employees’ Life Easier with Thoughtful Gestures
With much of the Northeast facing rough winter weather, I started thinking about the small things we do around our office to make our employees’ quality of life better during times like these. You could call them perks, but they should really be considered standard offerings given how specific they are to our culture.
HRO Today: A Win-Win
Linking wellness programs with recognition and incentives can boost employee engagement as well as drive benefits costs down. - HRO Today February 2015
Business 2 Community: Rethinking the Work Week
If you’re a full-time worker in America, chances are you’re not getting enough sleep. That’s according to the American Time Use Survey, which examined 125,000 responses to calculate how much sleep we’re getting, and what we’re doing instead of it. The simple conclusion the survey came to is we’re working too much.
Employee Benefit News: 4 Tips to Get the Most out of Your Service Awards Program
Employee service awards have become a staple recognition offering. With almost 90% of organizations presenting rewards to employees on their work anniversaries, these rewards are often a cornerstone of any employee recognition program.
ERE Media: Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl-Winning Philosophy: Just Do Your Job
Since he started his dynastic run with the Patriots in 2000, Belichick has kept his squad on the winning side of things by adhering to a simple team philosophy: Do Your Job. The idea behind it is that if everyone focuses and does their individual job, great things can happen for the team.
ERE Media: The Huge Importance of Mentors in Developing Top Talent
Those of us lucky enough to have had a strong mentor figure at some point in our lives know how important they can be to career development, personal success, and overall well-being.
ERE Media: Why It’s so Hard to Find Great Managers
Great managers can help companies achieve around 150 percent higher earnings per share than their competition, and double the employee engagement levels.
ERE Media: Costco’s Call – Why Staying Closed on Thanksgiving Is a Good Idea
Last year, Costco took a controversial stand by refusing to stay open during Thanksgiving, citing the need to dispel the trend of retailers opening earlier and earlier on the busiest shopping days of the season.
ERE Media: How to Get Great Engagement out of Your Seasonal Workers
ERE Media: Why Onboarding Has Become a Strategic Priority
We all remember that feeling you get before the first day of school — nervous, excited, and very concerned over which outfit to wear. For new students, there is also the added pressure of finding your way around, meeting your teachers, and making friends. The first day of school can be rough, but thankfully we’re all adults now and don’t have to go through that again. Or do we?
The Daily Recruiter: On the Frontier of Engagement
It’s good to remember that one highly engaged employee can make a world of difference. Take the case of Frontier Airlines, a Colorado-based airline that earned dubious title of 2nd Most-Complained-About-Carrier in 2013 (in fairness, Spirit Airlines, the #1 most-complained-about-carrier, outnumbered Frontier’s complaints by almost 8-to-1).
ERE Media: College Grads Are Engaged, but Here’s How to Engage Them Even More
We all know that a college education can almost double a person’s median income, but what can it tell us about how engaged that person will be while making that income?
Sales And Marketing: The Top 5 Employee Recognition Initiatives Infographic
Here’s one thing that’s good to remember: one highly engaged employee can make a world of difference.
Incentive: How Early Recognition Programs Keep Employees Engaged
Seven Tips For Creating a Highly Effective Early Recognition Program. Incentive Magazine July 2014
World At Work: Lessons in Recognition from Healthcare Organizations
The same recognition strategies can be applied to any industry. Workspan June 2014
Beckers Hospital Review: Linking Recognition Initiatives to Patient Care Key to Engaging Nurses
Engaging the 3 million registered nurses who comprise one of the largest and most important segments of the U.S. workforce is a top task for hospitals and essential to developing and maintaining positive, patient-friendly work environments and retaining talented staff.
Ragan: Management Lessons from ‘House of Cards’
It's a bit like 'The Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan'—if old Genghis weren't such a softie.
Recruiting Blogs: Employee Engagement Myths Debunked
Engagement and retention are huge topics right now in HR, and leadership in general. High turnover numbers and epidemically low employee engagement numbers are costing companies in a big way. For a while, employers were running their organization’s engagement and retention efforts based on some ideas that we now know aren’t effective.
EY: Family Ties
Ashley Fina is a third-generation family business leader. Her grandparents, Rose and Michael, founded her business, Michael C. Fina, in Manhattan in 1935. Originally a jewelry store, it is now also a leader in employee recognition and incentive programs, with more than 900 clients.
ERE Media: A Valentine’s Day Wish – Building Qualities so Workers Love Their Job
For employees or even job seekers, those same feelings we want in a love connection can also relate to the right job.
Kevin Kruse: Top 100 Employee Engagement Experts Online
Using Twitter and following blog posts are a great way to stay up to speed on the ever changing field of employee engagement. I encourage you to follow these experts to deepen your understanding of engagement and motivation at work. - Kevin Kruse
Incentive: Michael C. Fina Tackles ‘Five Myths of Employee Engagement’
Concerned that many organizations misunderstand the value of employee engagement or are putting too much focus on certain groups of employees and not enough on others, incentive company Michael C. Fina has released a new infographic outlining the "Top 5 Myths of Employee Engagement."
ERE Media: Yes, This Is the Week We Need to Recognize Cold Weather Workers
On a day like today when it’s colder in New York and Chicago than in Antarctica, nobody should be out in the elements, but some people must be because their job demands it. These are just five examples; there are countless others who deserve recognition for having tough weather-agnostic jobs.
ERE Media: The Honest-To-God Truth about Engaging Millennials
Millennials have become a force to be reckoned with in the business world, and no other workplace demographic has been subject to more analyses, surveys, and speculation in recent years.
ERE Media: Cash Is King? Not When It Comes to Employee Engagement
The misconception of cash as the ultimate motivational tool can create a problem with reward and recognition programs whose purpose is to increase employee engagement.
PR Web: Michael C. Fina’s Employee Appreciation eBook Helps Companies Honor Their Employees
5 Ways to Keep Engagement Up Over The Holidays
Get a list of effective tips for keeping employees happy and healthy over the busy holiday season.
Webinar: Employee Happiness Is No Joke (Video)
This webinar explores the latest thinking on company culture, why happiness doesn’t necessarily equal high performance, and how to foster an atmosphere where employees are engaged and high performing.
5 Ways to Keep Engagement Up During The Holidays
6 Fundamentals of Healthcare Engagement
Tailored for healthcare professionals, 6 Fundamentals of Healthcare Engagement outlines critical elements for building a strong workplace culture focused on engaging healthcare employees and showing recognition for their work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
The Value of Employee Engagement (Video)
Some quick facts on the value of employee engagement
As healthcare industry grows, first-year employee retention is critical – Becker’s Hospital Review
Healthcare organizations need to consider how to engage this influx of new hires, specifically within the first year of employment.
15 Ideas for Celebrating Customer Service Week
Michael C. Fina Recognition-Rewarding Customer Experiences
In the employee recognition business, it's all about the customer experience. And now - it''s multi-channel, global and digital.
Employee Loyalty Evolves
Organizations are updating their loyalty incentives to ensure they speak to the needs of today's workers
Introducing Recognition Wall
Our Recognition Wall social recognition platform gives your employees an easy tool to celebrate each other’s accomplishments in a dynamic, fun, and personal way, no matter where they are located.
Michael C. Fina Recognition Launches Recognition Strength Finder and More During SHRM 2017 Annual Conference
New Tools Help Evaluate Recognition Programs, Enable More Frequent Recognition Opportunities and Make Strong First Impressions
HALO Recognition Wall Album
Introducing the Recognition Wall Album
HALO Acquires Michael C. Fina Recognition
Companies Join Forces to Extend Reach of Market Leading Employee Recognition and Incentive Services and Solutions
Rewards and Recognition: 2014 Trends Report
The survey of more than 400 HR professionals, which was sponsored by global employee recognition provider Michael C. Fina and conducted by HR technology advisors Accelir, examined organizations’ current use of employee recognition programs. Key results show increasing interest in early recognition strategies, the continued value of service awards and indecision about social media’s role.
Undercover HR Boss (Video)
Watch as Larry Matthews, Director of HR at the Umbrella Corporation, goes undercover to see what employees really think of the company's recognition programs.