RecogNation, an employee recognition blog


RecogNation, an employee recognition blog
It’s Time to recognize: Discover daily insights, ideas, and inspiration on all things employee recognition, corporate culture, and wellness.

Posts by Allison

Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville's Senior Content Writer. She's here to tell you everything she's learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She's wordy like that!
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Required Reading: 4 Favorite Posts Everyone’s Talking About

I’m old—and my mother took a lot of photos growing up—so I always end up winning at this Throwback Thursday thing. Oh, you’ve got a silly pic from high school? Which was when? Five years ago? Hold on, let me get out my box of Polaroids...

We all love a little nostalgia, even if we don’t have many years under our belts to reminisce about. In the spirit of embracing days gone by, we’ve decided to bring back your favorite reads from the past few months so you can love them all over again. Remember these…?


6 Ways to Create Stellar Events: From Customer Service Week and Beyond

If you’ve been following us on social media, you know that we just wrapped up another successful Customer Service Week. How do we do it? I’ve experienced my 7th Customer Service Week at Baudville and I can tell you by eyewitness account how we repeatedly pull off a flawless celebration every year. Read on!


Year End Award Guide: Our Top 5 Picks Make Your Shopping Easy!

Year-end ceremonies and holiday parties are coming up, and now is the ideal time to order your awards. Maybe you’ve been putting it off a bit. It may feel like a daunting task when you consider the hundreds of options available to you. Don’t stress! This guide will help you narrow your search and find the perfect award—no matter what the occasion is, who you’re presenting to, or how much you have in your budget. Let’s get started!


Fascinating Finds: Five Quick Reads to Help Build Better Teams

I’ve spent the last several weeks analyzing teamwork, and considering what makes some teams work and other teams fail. It seems fitting that I continue on this path—after all, we can’t have too much information on this ever-elusive objective. For this month’s Five Fascinating Finds, I’m sharing a variety of great reads covering just about every facet of teamwork. Check them out:


What Makes Your Team Fail? Three Strategies to Avoid Disaster

I was catching up on Project Runway last week, and the episode I was watching featured a dreaded team challenge. If you don’t know what Project Runway is, I will resist the urge to tell you we can’t be friends and provide a polite explanation instead. The show consists of a number of fashion designers who compete against each other weekly to create the winning apparel design. Occasionally, one contestant is paired with another for a challenge, and sometimes the whole group is split into two equal teams. Either of these scenarios is when the cringing starts. And, when things get interesting for those of us who are nerdy about interpersonal dynamics.

First, I couldn’t get over how drastically different the emotions were between these participants and those football players I talked about in my last post. The designers were worried, annoyed, and resistant about working together; the players were excited, optimistic, and confident. Hmmm…




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