Mammoth Myth, Kids Making It, and Employee Appreciation Day

Employees should only be eligible to win awards after being employed for 3 months or more.

MYTH: Swing and a miss! The truth is, your newest team members are your most impressionable ones and more importantly, they are often most willing to give that extra level of discretionary effort (the very definition of “employee engagement”) at this stage in the game.

The moment they are done with initial training is the time to let them in on all the action! Yep, the beginning of a new employee’s journey with you is actually THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME to engage them.

This approach accomplishes a few things:

  • sets the standard for your company culture
  • sets your expectations (and theirs)
  • allows you to reward them for meeting & exceeding those expectations
  • reignites the fire and hunger to win in your tenured employees


When your tenured employees see the fire ignited in the newer team members who are winning awards, that often reignites the fire for them too! Unless they are complete sticks in the mud, of course, and that’s a talk for another day.

Remember, employee recognition isn’t just about the people who are being recognized. It’s about the effects that well-managed and consistent recognition has on the whole team!

By the way, this only works if you have a solid foundation and criteria in place for picking who will be recognized. Then you can tell your tenured folks EXACTLY why they got spanked by the newbies when that happens. And it will happen. We’ve seen it over and over again in our own organization!

Super-pro Tip:  To foster growth and acceptance within your company’s culture, you can provide a separate recognition program for your newest people. When newer employees are not on a level playing field pertaining to winning Employee of the Month and other rewards, they’re more likely to leave. However, if they have their own category of award, you will have a chance to acknowledge their successes and contributions much earlier!

Employee Appreciation Day is Friday, March 3rd!

We do all sorts of things to show our employees how much we appreciate them every day of the year…but we would be remiss if we ignored Employee Appreciation Day next month!

Here’s a little peak at what we’ve done in the past to show our employees a little extra love.

What do you have planned for your team on March 3rd? Feel free to call 800-489-0230 and ask your Engagement Coach for some ideas. I know they will be happy to hear from you and help out!


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Are you already part of the MyEmployees family and need to talk with your Engagement Coach? Visiting us for the first time and want to know more about what employee recognition can do for your company? No matter what brought you here today, getting connected is super easy…

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Whatever way works best for you, we look forward to talking soon!