Mike Ryan

A leading industry authority on employee recognition, Mike Ryan is senior vice president of marketing and strategy for Madison Performance Group, a workforce recognition and employee incentives solution provider. He is president of The Performance Improvement Council (PIC), a board member of The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) and a trustee of the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF). Contact him at mryan@madisonpg.com.

Articles by Mike Ryan

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

Why Recognition Matters: Delivering More Than Retention & Engagement

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HR pros know the standard rationale for employee recognition programs – increased engagement, productivity, retention and incremental revenue.

But as this has become the recognition mantra over the past decade, isn’t it time we call on recognition programs to do more?

Executives know (and buy into) all the aforementioned benefits, but given today’s economic realities where there is still a call to do more with less, funding for non-cash compensation is attracting higher levels of scrutiny.

HR needs to turbo charge the recognition business case and demonstrate that programs set the stage for continued optimization of the organization’s number one resource (and in many cases expense) – its people. Read more…

HR Management

3 Ways to Help Your Organization Accept (and Cope) With Change

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Communication missteps and a failure to motivate employees to adapt is causing most corporate change initiatives to fall short and, in addition to hurting the bottom line, is ultimately harming employee engagement.

With the rapid pace of change required to succeed in today’s uber-competitive global business environment, the organizations that thrive are the ones that can successfully trigger swift strategic and operational transformations that employees understand and embrace.

Many organizations, however, are failing at this critical business element not because the objectives and tactics haven’t been thought out.

Rather, change management initiatives typically fail because the business managers responsible for enacting the change are not providing the affected employees enough personal motivation. Read more…