Hewlett-Packard Idea Generation
The Golden Banana Award is one of Hewlett-Packard's most prestigious honors for inventive employees. It began when a company engineer burst into his manager's office with the answer to a problem they'd been struggling with for weeks. The manager searched his office for a way to mark this accomplishment, but all he came up with was a leftover banana from lunch. Still, he handed over the banana and said "Well done! Congratulations!"
AT&T Employee Recognition
At AT&T Universal Card Services in Jacksonville, Florida, paper is the key element for World of Thanks, one of their most popular programs. The program helps create a culture of recognition and higher performance in a simple way: anyone in the company can write a message of thanks to someone else and send it. To make it official, employees use a sheet from a globe-shaped pad of colored paper. In four years, employees at AT&T have written more than 130,000 thank you notes. Source
Walt Disney World Employee Recognition
There are 180 different employee recognition programs at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. One of the most coveted is the Spirit of Fred Award. It's named for Fred, who advanced from an hourly to salary position by exemplifying the values necessary for success at Disney: friendly, resourceful, enthusiastic and dependable. Fred makes each award (a certificate mounted on a plaque) as well as The Lifetime Fred Award, a bronze statuette of Mickey Mouse given to multiple recipients of the Spirit of Fred Award.
Producers Assistance Safety Program
Producers Assistance Corporation provides contract personnel to the oil and gas industry, an area where employee safety is critical. To refresh their safety program, they chose reloadable gift cards as an incentive. Here's how it works: when an employee takes an action, like attending a safety meeting, points are loaded onto their card. The lure of point collecting (and spending) has focused employees back on doing the right thing to be safe. After a 6-month trial, participation had more than doubled and there was a significant decline in the incident rate. Source
Pharmaceutical Merger Reward Program
During the merger of two pharmaceutical giants, a task force was charged with making the transition a smooth one. Members worked nonstop over six months, planning how to blend operations of the two companies. The team was rewarded for its sacrifices with gift cards that were, literally, the gift of time. The personalized cards were hand-delivered with a letter from the project leader, and gave recipients their choice of services: housecleaning, lawn care, carpet cleaning, pest control, and more. Source