Governing Recognition * How to Remove the Risk

Many of our clients gave up their tactical incentives initiatives and turned to global strategic recognition when they realized the level of risk associated with ad-hoc, untracked and ungovernable motivation efforts they had in place.

As Jennifer Reimert, Symantec’s Senior Director of Global Compensation, answered to a viewer question on risk in a recent webinar:
“We didn’t always know where programs were happening. We had a lot of people handing out actual merchandise. For example, they would go out and buy an iPod and present it to an employee. We needed to get the entire company to be aware of those risks and get a better control over that.”

The Edmonton Journal recently reported:
“City staff expense claims jumped 41 per cent in 2006-08, and auditor David Wiun says many of those purchases were inappropriate, cost too much or didn't have proper receipts. Spending in 10 common areas, such as travel, training, food, employee recognition and car allowances, rose to an estimated $13.5 million last year from $9.7 million in 2006.”

For precisely this reason, employee recognition does not belong in expense reports. It is eminently not trackable, not reportable in any meaningful way, and therefore not measurable across the entire organization.

Strategic recognition pulls all those ad-hoc initiatives into one single, tracked and governed program that complies with international tax and payroll compensation laws – without adding additional administrative burden to your staff.

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