The 2014 You Better Recognize Award for Best Recognition Program goes to… Hilcorp Energy!

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Andrew had this to say about Hilcorp Energy’s recognition program:

What makes their recognition program truly special is that the rewards are customized to the recipient. It follows the platinum rule that it’s best to treat people the way they want to be treated and shows that the managers really care about the person doing the job, not just the job itself.

Here’s the nomination for Hilcorp Energy:

Organization: Hilcorp Energy (http://www.hilcorp.com/)
Submitted by Steve-E

Managers at Hilcorp Energy are given flexibility with how they reward their direct reports. They are given a budget from corporate that allows them to recognize their employees in personalized ways, such as equestrian rides / lassoing lessons to a horse enthusiast.

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2013 Best Recognition Program Winner: FedEx

The 2013 You Better Recognize Award for Best Recognition Program goes to… FedEx!

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Chip had this to say about FedEx’s recognition program:

“I like the peer to peer humanitarian aspect. I think we can spend a lot of time and effort elsewhere when a real need exists standing right next to us.” –Chip

Here’s the nomination for FedEx:

Organization: FedEx (site)
Submitted by Anon

In addition to traditional corporate awards, FedEx also gives out the FedEx Humanitarian Award. This award goes to team members who reach out to others in times of need, exhibiting behavior that goes above and beyond job responsibility and even beyond basic community responsibility. The Humanitarian Award originated at FedEx Express, where through the years, numerous employees have been cited for rushing to the aid of people facing life-threatening situations, personal tragedies and misfortune.

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The finalists for the 2013 You Better Recognize Award for Best Recognition Program are:

Organization: Procter & Gamble (site)

Submitted by WeNeedMoreCowbell

One virtual team stays connected through monthly meetings that includes the Cowbell Award. The award is fashioned after the Saturday Night Live Blue Oyster Cult skit with Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell, and features an award certificate and a real cowbell. There is no set criteria for this award – it can be business (helped a co-worker, figured out a problem and solved it) or personal (ate the most donuts at an impromptu donut eating contest at the office or ran a 5K).  Everyone who is nominated wins.

Organization: Hewlett-Packard (site)

Submitted by HarryPotter

Hewlett-Packard has a, perhaps now famous, Golden Banana Award that is awarded to employees who show inventive solutions. The award started when an employee burst into his manager’s office to say he had found a solution to a problem they had been facing and the manager, wanting to give him something for his accomplishment, handed him the first thing he found on his desk—a banana from his lunch.

Organization: FedEx (site)

Submitted by Anon

In addition to traditional corporate awards, FedEx also gives out the FedEx Humanitarian Award. This award goes to team members who reach out to others in times of need, exhibiting behavior that goes above and beyond job responsibility and even beyond basic community responsibility. The Humanitarian Award originated at FedEx Express, where through the years, numerous employees have been cited for rushing to the aid of people facing life-threatening situations, personal tragedies and misfortune.