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    National Safety Month

    Posted by Brian Galonek on 06.05.2018

    National Safety Month - Safety Incentive Programs

    Everything from Hair Loss to Hot Dogs seems to have a “month” to bring awareness to their cause. While some of these are amusing or frivolous, others are critically important: for example, National Safety Month in June.

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    Topics: employee safety, safety, safety incentive program, Safety Incentives, Safety Program

    “We’ll Be There.”

    Posted by Jim Drakakis on 12.15.2014


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    Topics: Employee Motivation, Blog, Motivation, Safety Incentives, Safety Incentives Program

    Visit All Star at ATA - booth #713

    Posted by joe on 10.05.2014

    Improve your bottom line by better engaging your employees!!

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    Topics: Employee Recognition, Blog, customer loyalty, employee engagement, Incentive Marketing, Rewards, Safety Incentives

    Make Safety Proactive

    Posted by tara on 09.26.2014


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    Topics: Blog, Incentive Programs, Incentives for Employees, Rewards, Rewards Program, safety, Safety Incentives, Safety Program

    Communications – Keeping Rewards & Recognition Top of Mind

    Posted by tara on 08.21.2014

    In a previous blog I talked about the importance of measuring results and I still believe that is a key component for inclusion in the creation of a program strategy.  Equally as important is the need for a communications plan.

    One of the most likely contributors to a failing program is the lack of a communications strategy. We have seen it happen many times – a company launches a program and then “hopes” it essentially runs itself.  Many companies believe in the power of incentives, recognition and rewards but often don’t realize the effort that it takes to create, launch, sustain, and enhance a successful program over time.  If a program is not communicated on a regular basis in various ways….well then it is essentially out of sight - out of mind (and the likely demise of the program).  Consider the program to be the flower and the communication the water – without it, it dies on the vine.

    It is not only important to create a communications strategy for the launch but also one that evolves and is administered frequently throughout the life of the program.  Communications must be multi-dimensional and targeted.  Similar to the need for benchmarking prior to a program launch in order to properly measure results, surveying your audience(s) about how, where, when they obtain information is critical.

    For more on this topic click here to read “Great Program Communications Inspire Employees, Drive Results,” a recent white paper published by the Performance Improvement Council, of which All Star Incentive Marketing is a member.


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    Topics: Employee Motivation, Engagement, Blog, employee engagement, Incentive Marketing, Incentive Program, Incentive Programs, Incentive's, Incentives for Employees, Motivating Employees, recognition, Rewards, Rewards Program, Safety Incentives, Safety Program, Wellness Programs

    All Star is Awarded New Product of the Year by OH&S

    Posted by heidi on 08.28.2013

    OH&S Salutes 24 Winners in 2013 New Product of the Year Contest


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    Topics: Award, Blog, Incentive Solution, Safety Incentives

    Face-to-face connections lead to employee engagement

    Posted by Brian Galonek on 06.21.2013

    By Brian Galonek

    I define the “Four Pillars of Safety” as engagement, recognition, communications and measurement.

    How important is engagement?

    If you were to ask c-suite executives to identify pillars of safety, they would probably name training, risk management, PPE, monitoring, root cause analysis, culture, etc.

    While these all relate to safety, they should largely be considered safety tactics or measurement tools and not the support structures that truly promote a safe workplace. All these things roll up into one or more of the four pillars listed above.

    A safety harness, after all, is useless, or even harmful, if not worn properly. And the training necessary for proper usage is of little value if not administered properly. And, not to put too fine a point on it, but training a group of disengaged workers is a bit like herding cats (cats that may be on their phones checking their fantasy baseball team’s stats or thinking about what to have for lunch instead of really absorbing the training).

    Safety professionals know all too well how difficult it can be to get the mind share necessary to have the wide variety of safety-related messages heard and even more difficult to get their workers to internalize them. They have come to realize, even if their bosses have not, that the best tools, tactics and data will not move the safety needle if they don’t have engaged workers.

    Engagement is defined as “an emotional involvement or commitment,” and it is a fundamental need of any organization. It is the connection point between employees and the people they interact with in their daily work. Next time your boss wants to know what you plan to do to improve your incident rate, you will do well to point in its direction.

    A lack of commitment

    There is a growing field of research that looks at employee engagement and related performance issues both in the academic and business worlds, and the data is mounting. According to a study conducted by Human Capital Institute, only 11 percent of today’s workforce demonstrates a very strong commitment to their organization. In a webinar that I delivered last year for ISHN entitled “Safety Soup,” I asked the attendees what they thought the percentage was in their organizations, and the most popular answer was 50-74 percent. The nexus between perception and reality is all telling on this issue.

    One of the main reasons for this lack of commitment in my opinion is the poor connection not just between any given employee and their immediate supervisor but between an employee and the myriad of other people in the organization that they interact with (or that they could interact with under different circumstances).

    Creating a more engaging environment, i.e. making or improving the connections, is a necessary first step in improving organizational safety.

    Two of the other safety pillars — recognition and communications — contribute heavily to successful employee engagement, but much like training they are not engagement itself. A robust employee communications plan will again fall on deaf ears and recognition will seem hollow if proper connections have not been established. This is the “heavy lifting” with the big pay-off for those who take the time to truly consider how to accomplish the goal of creating a more engaging atmosphere in the workplace.

    Safety managers take the lead

    Safety managers may wonder why this responsibility falls on them. Engagement is the responsibility of the managers and the people with the most direct contact to the employees. For a safety sensitive workforce, this is often the safety manager.

    Once a safety manager comes to grips with this need, they should ask themselves, “What can I do to get everyone in my sphere of influence to connect better?” Write down every idea that pops into your head no matter how outrageous or unattainable it may seem and don’t dismiss any idea in the early stages. Ask other key managers and employees to do the same; white board every idea articulated and then consider each one individually in a group discussion. There is no way for me to predict what you might come up with because each environment is so different. However, below is a list of some things I have heard from other companies that may help you visualize the results you can expect:

    • Create a wellness program – Get healthy together with weight loss and exercise competitions. Hire a permanent trainer, form teams and give awards to the best performers.
    • Trading places – Use job shadowing, allow meeting crashers, and/or ask managers to work an occasional shift in different departments.
    • Friendly competitions – Create more ways to compete as individuals and teams on internal objectives like safety or external things like a bowling league.
    • Throw more parties – Have breakfast gatherings or cookouts with families. Dole out recognition of accomplishment in front of families and coworkers.
    • Create a rewards system – Publicly recognize and reward our best workers for their efforts and accomplishments. Create a centralized program site where people can redeem for tangible awards.
    • Ask the employees – Broaden the request and get more employee feedback about how they like to be engaged.
    • Message boards – Put up message boards around the company and draw attention to employee accomplishments both at work and at home.
    • Hire an engagement officer – Find and hire a person to promote engagement 24/7/365.
    • Study the good ones – Identify our most engaging workers and study what they do.
    • Break some rules – Identify rules that are counterproductive and show workers that change can be a good thing.
    • Charitable contribution – Identify five charities that we can support as a group and give workers paid time to take part in charitable activities.
    • Group adventures – Go zip lining, whitewater rafting or create a paint ball league.

    One thing that can be counted on no matter what the suggestions: the more face-to-face meaningful interactions that take place, the better engaged your workforce will become. Whether you resolve to switch to in-person training (instead of electronic) or to create a bowling league, person-to-person interactions are a fundamental piece of the puzzle — especially as the world grows increasingly more distracted.

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    Topics: Blog, employee engagement, recognition, safety, Safety Incentives


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