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Employee Recognition: The why, how and importance!

Lack of recognition is one of the major reasons why employees quit. Employee recognition may become even more critical with the rise of teleworking.

By The Numbers

2 - The number of key ways employers can better motivate employees.

4 - This is the average percent increase in crop production gained by farmers that use
precision agriculture technology.

6.9 - The billion-dollar amount of revenues in the Canadian organic market.

12 - As in the number of grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule, the expected amount of greenhouse gas reduction by 2030 via Canada’s upcoming Clean Fuel Standard.

34,318 - The total ascent distance—in metres—CAAR Board member Blaine Cochrane has achieved while mountain climbing around the world. That is “ascent” only. He still had to climb down.

42,000,000 - The amount of money the Government of Canada recently invested in the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, raising concerns that the regulatory process has become politicalized.

65,472,516,904 - Total operating costs for all Canadian farms in 2019.

CAAR Communicator: Alarm Bells are Ringing

An announcement by the Government of Canada of a delay in changing glyphosate MRLs and its new financial investment in PMRA has the agricultural community worried of a new slippery slope—politics.

How European Farming Influences Canadian Farmers – whether they like it or not

The UK and EU have issues with its organic farming that threaten to eat itself. Who’s to blame and why? European standards are driving reductions in residue limits which will have major impacts on Canadian farming, so it is important to understand what is going on in Europe.

It is Time to Stop the Fear Mongering

Growing with marketing campaigns of agriculture food products in Canada and internationally is the increased utilization of fear as a marketing weapon. Statements of non-GMO, grass fed only, organic and antibiotic-free create doubt and fear in the minds of the consumer. Are the products I purchase and consume less nutritious or harmful to our families?

CAAR Communicator: The Power of Technology

New study shows how advanced technology farming can provide environmental and financial benefits.

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Employee Recognition: The why, how and importance!

Lack of recognition is one of the major reasons why employees quit. Employee recognition may become even more critical with the rise of teleworking.

According to Statistics Canada, teleworking has changed best practices in the workplace. Ninety-percent of new teleworkers report accomplishing at least as much work per hour at home as they did in the office. Eighty-percent of Canadian employees would prefer to work at least half of their hours from home once the pandemic is over.

Moving forward, employers will need to accommodate the diversity of preferences for telework expressed by their employees. Because workers’ preferences for telework may not fully align with those of the employer, a new form of job mismatch has begun to emerge that might mean your business is at risk of losing top talent.

“It also means that ensuring you have an employee recognition program at your company is more worthwhile than ever,” said Kathryn Doan, Director, Business Development at AgCareers.com.
Why should you have an employee recognition program? It’s important to keep in mind these factors: “recognize and appreciate”, and sometimes “reward.”

“Recognizing employees for their efforts can help with intrinsic motivation and using rewards can be the cherry on top,” said Doan.

Rewards can be given in monetary value, time off or with a small gift.

Some common ways to use recognition programs include:
• Years of service recognition
• Above and beyond performance
• On the spot recognition
• Customer service


The Importance of an Employee Recognition Program

Part of the reward in working a job is seeing the results and success. It is a motivational force and can enhance team efforts. “There are other benefits to employee recognition,” said Doan. “You may see an increase in customer satisfaction which can generate more loyalty towards your organization.”

She continued, “It feels good to be honoured for your hard work. It does not always have to be structured recognition—an authentic thank-you will be memorable for your staff.”
Finally, Doan recommends encouraging peer-to-peer recognition from signing a card or nominating a team member. “This can be challenging with some team members working remotely, but try to think of new ways to encourage this,” Doan concluded.

Aim to create an atmosphere that is inclusive and inspiring to work in—employee recognition can foster this atmosphere.

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