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Employee Recognition Should Reflect Company Values

Canada's next official Employee Appreciation Day doesn't come around until March, but that doesn't mean you can't recognize their efforts and hard work all year long.

According to recent statistics, companies with recognition programs that effectively enable employee engagement have 31 percent less voluntary turnover than organizations with ineffective recognition programs.  It's a secret that organizations continually popping up on the "best to work for" lists have already learned.

National Gift Card (NGC) is the expert in creating programs that help keep employees engaged:

Bulk Fulfillment - Recognize employees on the spot or company-wide.  NGC can ship virtually any quantity of plastic gift cards from widely recognized companies like Ultramar, Amazon.ca, Canadian Tire and Sir Corp Restaurants.

Custom NGC Rewards - Let people shop for their own rewards and pick from over 250 brands by sending gift cards via first class mail or email.

Secure Ordering and Tracking Portal - Securely order gift cards in bulk for your whole organization whenever you need them - with no minimum quantities - and track all of your purchases with detailed expense reports.

Taking your company's culture, mission, values into consideration before establishing a recognition program is important.  Forbes Magazine points to several best practices, such as tying recognition to specific results and behaviors; implementing peer-to-peer programs instead of top-down; sharing recognition stories; and making recognition easy and frequent.

Studies also show recognition doesn't have to be lavish.  Employees appreciate practical gifts, too, like making sure they can gas up their car with an Ultramar gift card or putting a new set of wheels on their ride with a Canadian Tire gift card.

A nice meal never hurts, either.  Sir Corp Restaurant gift cards can be used with any of the company's signature brands.  Employees can enjoy an excellent steak at Canyon Creek, fresh Italian at Scaddabush, or a cold pint at The Loose Moose.

For the entertainment-minded employee, Amazon.ca gift cards satisfy every need.  Whether it's the latest best-selling book for his/her Kindle, a new show on Amazon Prime or a Play Station 4 video game, Amazon.ca has it all.