Michael C. Fina Recognition and Marriott International Share Importance of Service Award Programs at Recognition Professionals International Conference

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Presentation Examined Service Anniversaries as a Cornerstone for Employee Recognition

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Michael C. Fina Recognition, along with Marriott International, discussed the challenges of keeping employee recognition programs up to date and how Marriott has modernized its service award program at the recent Recognition Professionals International (RPI) Conference in Las Vegas.

During the January 11 RPI Conference session titled Service Awards: A Cornerstone for Employee Recognition, Jeffrey Fina, Chief Customer Officer of Michael C. Fina Recognition, co-presented with Christina Papoulias, Senior Benefits Analysis & Wellness Specialist of Marriott International.

"Celebrating 'work birthdays' is one of the biggest cultural touchstones for employees and a universal benchmark for an organization's commitment to them," said Fina. "Running a successful recognition program today requires a focus on the service award experience layered with modern technology and social tools, demographic data, and leadership savvy."

The presentation demonstrated how to keep recognition programs current so they maintain their appeal. It also included discussion of how Marriott's Service Award program ensures service awards are a fixture of the company's work culture, while increasing program reach and generational appeal.

During the presentation, Fina recommended the following tips:

  •     Use recognition initiatives to create strong manager to employee connections, as these relationships are the top driver of employee engagement.
  •     Recognize workers - including virtual employees - with service awards and other forms of appreciation early on in their career and often.
  •     When recognizing employees, take generational differences into account and provide a variety of reward choices.
  •     Incorporate mobile and social recognition options when possible.

RPI is the leading resource for global strategic workforce recognition and is the only professional association that engages both practitioners and resource providers to provide holistic value to the global recognition industry. Its annual conference - The Recognition Experience 2016 - was January 9-13 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

For more, visit http://www.mcfrecognition.com.

About Michael C. Fina Recognition
In today's technology-driven multigenerational workforce, meaningful employee recognition is more crucial than ever in building employee engagement and driving business success. Michael C. Fina Recognition helps companies worldwide deliver recognition, rewards, and incentive programs built from a passion and enthusiasm for serving our clients and a nearly 50-year history of service. We deliver scalable solutions that are based on each client's needs, built on personal relationships, and driven by a deep understanding of each company's unique culture. Every day, Michael C. Fina Recognition helps organizations increase employee loyalty and deliver positive business outcomes -- one memorable experience at a time. Michael C. Fina Recognition is headquartered in Long Island City, NY, and is online at http://www.mcfrecognition.com.

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