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Employees rewarding each other

rpMatt Blumberg, CEO of Return Path, is a damn good CEO.  Read his blog.

Take a look at Return Path’s employee rewards program.  It’s such a classic that I’m shamelessly copying the whole thing.  The best part: employees are encouraged to give rewards to each other.


If you see something, say something! Catch your colleagues doing something great and let the rest of the company know.  You can submit as many awards as you need, as often as you see someone who deserves one

Return Path has a strong culture of respect and appreciation, and as such, we have an active employee-generated awards program run through the Company’s Intranet.  Every employee is encouraged to recognize the great work of colleagues at any time, for any reason.  We currently offer 4 types of awards, which carry a cash equivalent value ranging from $25 to $200.  All awards are reviewed and approved by Human Resources and are subject to withholdings. 

  • Double-E (Everyday Excellence) is designed for us to recognize those who demonstrate excellence and pride in their daily work.  This award is worth $25. 
  • WOOT! (Working Out Of Title) is designed for us to recognize those who offer assistance that is not part of their job responsibilities. This award is worth $25. 
  • The Blue Light Special is designed for us to recognize anyone who comes up with a clever way to save the company money.  This award is worth $25. 
  • ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) is designed for us to recognize the outstanding work of our colleagues who go Above and Beyond their duties and exemplify exactly what Return Path is about.  This award is worth $100. 
  • Crowbar is designed for us to recognize anyone who assists a member of the Sales team in prying our way into a revenue-generating account, including but not limited to the Visible Path system.  This award is worth $200.

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  1. christopher carfi May 28, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    i like the rest of it, but…
    >prying our way into a revenue-generating account
    one shouldn’t have to “pry” one’s self into a relationship, business or personal.

  2. Erol Toker May 29, 2008 at 2:31 am #

    Very interesting idea! My only question relates to the motivation for employees to submit these nominations on behalf of fellow employees. I feel like reciprocity may create motivation to nominate someone when they have done something that isn’t all that extraordinary (which undermines the concept of rewarding performance). How does HR deal with this problem? Are nominations kept secret, or do they make the approval process publicly known or something like that?

  3. Totally Consumed May 29, 2008 at 8:35 am #

    An “employee-generated awards program”, what a great idea! I wonder why more companies don’t run with something like this?

  4. Kyle May 29, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    I think other companies don’t have programs because they won’t put their money where their mouth is. How many companies “promote from within” are “always looking for new ideas” are just one “big family”- the rhetoric is a good first step but building an employee culture isn’t so you make more money, you build the culture so you like coming to work every day.

  5. Jon August 4, 2008 at 4:32 am #

    What a great, refreshing idea. Thing is… I can’t help thinking (perhaps it’s just me being particularly jaded with my own job at the moment) that only the right type of company can make this happen, much less keep it going.
    Many companies like to think of themselves as ‘giving back’, but more often than not it’s all-talk-no-action. You’d need a positive worker culture – seen from the lowest positions all the way to the top – to fully appreciate and action ReturnPath’s method. Sadly I’d say only 1 in 10 companies can boast this.
    Nice thought though!

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