We give an award to the top sales guy, to the person with 25 years of service, to the truck driver with 1 million miles without a chargeable accident. We believe in the power of recognition. The why we do it may seem obvious, but it is a lot more than that.

We use recognition to:

  • Create a culture within the company that affects every attitude.

  • Say thanks and applaud success.

  • Teach others what we as an organization want to achieve.

  • Increase retention of employees.

  • Support Mission and Values.

  • Engage employees.

  • Encourage loyalty.

  • Increase customer satisfaction.

  • In summation, we believe in using recognition everyday to improve the bottom line. If that's important to you, then we're speaking the same language. Come with us on this journey.

    Take a look at the topics we have and see if we can help you with your recognition programs.

  • Need ideas for wording on an awards? See the Thesaurus.

  • Want to implement a sales award program but need to present the concept to management? Check out Sales Awards: An Overview.

  • Want to know the inside scoop on the Lombardi Trophy or the Oscars? Take a look at our ongoing series on Famous Awards.

  • Talk to us. We are here to help you.

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Safety Violations at Ashley Furniture: $1.7 M in OSHA Fines

    On 2/2/2015 OSHA issued a news release regarding the company, Ashley Furniture. The report described amputations, willful and repeated violations of safety and an overall environment putting company performance ahead of plant and worker safety.  OSHA found that the company did not take steps to protect its workers.

    According to OSHA, "A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health. OSHA issues repeated violations if an employer previously was cited for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years."

    Companies today are looking at Employee Engagement Strategies to effectively implement safety recognition. According to the SHRM Foundation, engaged employees are five times less likely to have safety incidents involving lost time.

    Further, a 2013 Gallup Study found that companies in the top quartile of employee engagement had:

    • 48% fewer safety accidents
    • 21 % higher productivity
    • 22% higher profitability
    • 41% higher quality
    • 37% reduced absenteeism
    Clearly, this suggests that good safety engagement of the workforce results in a more profitable company, certainly the overall goal of Ashley Furniture. 

    How Safety Impacts Employee Engagement

    An engaged workforce is more likely to take an active interest in the well-being of their organization. They will want to strengthen profitability and productivity because they see that their contributions are being appreciated. Employees will not only work more deliberately and efficiently, but will be proactive in preventing on-the-job accidents.

    Maintaining a Safe & Engaged Work Environment

    By engaging your employees to maintain a safe and healthy work environment through the use of recognition, your organization will have a higher likelihood of exceeding organizational goals. Your organization can create a culture of safety and recognition by recognizing employees for such proactive behavior as:
    • Participation in Safety Training and Meetings
    • Making Suggestions
    • Reporting Near-Misses
    • Mentorship Programs

    How RCB Awards Helps Employee Engagement

    RCB Awards uses the People Are™ employee engagement platform. This empowers an organization to create a culture of recognition through all aspects of the business, including safety. By incorporating the three-dimensional descriptors of recognition, formal, informal, and day-to-day, companies are able to keep business objectives top of mind, while achieving the strategic goals it has in place.

    Contact RCB for more information: 1-800-929-9110. Safety Recognition Specialist

    Posted by Curt Denevan: