December 12, 2017  

by David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief When co-workers in the office are treating you like a rock star, that’s a special type of motivation to bring your A-game to work every day. Employee Benefit News issued its ‘Top 10 Ways Employees Want to Be Recognized’ Friday, and the list shows that workers crave positive affirmation from their peers at work.

“It doesn’t always have to come from the boss,” Nick Otto writes for EBN news. “Support and recognition from colleagues and friends can be just as important at motivating employees.

Employers need to look at creating a culture of open communication and peer-to-peer recognition.” Canadian property and casualty insurance organizations have taken the advice to heart — not only because peer-to-peer recognition creates a strong team bond, but also because it’s a means for insurance organizations to gain the upper hand in a heated competition for recruiting and retaining the industry’s best and brightest. Some insurance organizations feature award-winning peer recognition programs, in which work colleagues motivate each other to do their best in their everyday roles.

Recognized in the list of Great Place to Work’s 2017 Best Workplaces, Capri CMW Insurance, an insurance brokerage based in B.C., developed its Rock Star peer recognition program in 2013, when internal surveys suggested that employees sought more ways to appreciate their peers’ special efforts. Capri CMW employees are invited to nominate colleagues who go above and beyond the call of duty in promoting the five core values of the organization — Integrity and Credibility, Teamwork, Customer Service and Dedication, Fun and Enjoyment, and Entrepreneurship.

The names of the nominees are entered into monthly draws for prizes; all nominees for the year enter a Christmas draw for $100 gift card. Capri CMW has 400 employees in 14 offices across B.C.

and Ontario. Those in the senior executive, management and leadership levels do not participate in the program, which is designed for ground-level employees. Read more from canadianunderwriter.ca…

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