The importance of recognition schemes for staff
I’ve talked a lot about staff pay in previous editions of my blog, which as you will know is predominantly governed by the fees paid by Local Authorities who fund the people we support in CMG. Whilst we continue to make every effort to request fee increases from these Authorities, we do also try really hard to look at other ways to recognise and reward our staff. Staff are the lifeblood of CMG and will always be a top priority for us. I therefore want to dedicate this blog to four different schemes we have launched in the last couple of years to recognise and reward our staff.
The most recent of these is a staff discount scheme called Perkbox, which in just two short months, has collectively saved staff over £17k! And not all staff have logged on yet (please don’t miss out!).
This scheme gives permanent staff access to over 180 benefits and perks to save money. Categories include: Food and Drink, Entertainment, High Street shopping, Technology, Family, Motoring, Travel, Clothing and Fashion, Home and Office, Fitness and Health and Salary Sacrifice
If staff haven’t activated their membership yet, they can request a letter from their home manager or contact Helen.email@example.com (in Central HR) for the Code to log on. Once logged on they can download a free ‘Perkbox’ app to their mobile through Play Store or App Store. The rest is pretty much self explanatory.
Here are just a couple of examples of staff who have commented about the benefits:
“I ordered 4 tickets for a day out to Chessington World of Adventures (2 adult, 2 children) the price should have been around £200 but I got all 4 tickets for £90.00. It was an easy process. You select the number of tickets, pay for them online, then the retailer emails you with all of the information.”
“Myself and quite a few others have redeemed discounted cinema tickets. Go online to the Perkbox app, click on the cinema of your choice, order tickets and redeem the perk. You pay online for your chosen quantity at the preferred location, tickets work out around £7.00 each rather than £14.00+. They are valid for a month and can be used for any film.”
Last year we also launched an Employee of the Month scheme, to recognise employees who have excelled each month. There is a first prize of £100, a second prize of £50 and a third prize of £30. We have already awarded over 50 employees since the scheme was launched.
We also run an annual Staff Awards Ceremony in a top London hotel, where we recognise staff in 14 different categories and each is awarded with an engraved plaque. This year’s ceremony takes place in November and we have just finished the judging of over 400 excellent nominations, including those from staff, people we support, family members and Local Authority commissioning teams.
Lastly since the beginning of this year, we launched a Long Service scheme where we recognise and reward employees who have reached 5, 10, 15 and 20 years service. Awards range from £25 to £100 depending on the length of service.