Web offers flexibility for recognition programs

High-tech programs also need to be high touch to be effective
By Susan Wolford
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2001

Co-ordinating recognition program offerings can seem like an overwhelming task — especially if employees are located in different sites and items on a rewards list change. In the current job market, a large number of employees in need of recognition is indeed a nice problem to have. But, it still remains just that — a problem. Enter the Web.

Challenges can be many while administering employee recognition programs regardless of shape and size. At Biovail Corporation, headquartered in Mississauga, Ont., human resource associate Jodie Hurst manages a program that serves employees in 10 different divisions located throughout the world.

Although Biovail has only been in existence for 10 years, many of its 800 employees annually qualify for 20- ear awards. “We have acquired two separate companies since the start of our recognition program. Neither company had any type of program in place, but Biovail decided to recognize the service accrued from the prior companies,” explained Hurst.