Creating a team atmosphere helps Certicom foster recognitionHigh-tech firm’s recognition programs are part of a total rewards strategy that includes intangibles such as corporate culture By Joyce Grant05/23/2005|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/24/2005 Primarily programmers and mathematicians, employees at high-tech company Certicom don’t make for an especially social or outgoing bunch. They tend to stay at their computers, working through the night if they have to meet a deadline. When it comes to building a recognition program, incentives like “days off” don’t work because employees tend not to take all of their vacation days anyway.Recognition is part of a total rewards strategy at the Mississauga, Ont.-based company. Recognition programs support, and are supported by, team-building activities, communications programs and a corporate culture that supports and recognizes the firm’s 107 staff.It makes for a positive working environment in which, as employee Josie Poole said, the company feels “like a family.” That sentiment is the Holy Grail for HR managers, especially today when employee loyalty is so hard to come by. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.