“There is no reason to do sh*t you hate”

“There is no reason to do sh*t you hate”
Gary Vaynerchuck is a social media, marketing 2.0 legend. He’s a furiously hard working hustler and he has a mouth like a sewer. At Reward Gateway, we love him. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard him say the words employee engagement, but it’s obvious that he knows more about employee engagement and customer engagement than most people will ever know. He’s a... Read More

Employee engagement is a choice. How are you going to influence your peers and your people?

Employee engagement is a choice. How are you going to influence your peers and your people?
Employee engagement is a choice that organisations make. They choose to embrace it, to prioritise it and to invest in it. Companies choose to do things differently because they understand the value that engaged employees bring to their business. Employee engagement cannot be forced. It can only be influenced. All an organisation can do is to create a culture and... Read More

Engaged employees help organisations thrive in 3 key ways

Engaged employees help organisations thrive in 3 key ways
Engaged employees help organisations thrive in the most difficult and competitive of situations. I know that from my own experience building Reward Gateway into a $220 million company – we could never have done that without the exceptionally engaged team we have. But how do engaged employees actually help? Why do they perform better? What is it that they do differently? There... Read More

“What’s first? Successful business or investing in employee engagement?”

“What’s first? Successful business or investing in employee engagement?”
I’m fortunate to have founded and built a successful employee engagement business – Reward Gateway. The company has over 1,100 clients on three continents, is fast growing, profitable and has been through two successful private-equity backed investments making great returns for shareholders and staff. The company has been described as “the poster child of employee engagement” with a very connected global... Read More

Maybe a holiday is what Amazon’s execs need?

Maybe a holiday is what Amazon’s execs need?
I met Richard, Reward Gateway’s Chief Product Officer, for lunch yesterday. Fresh from 10 days vacation in Sri Lanka he was full of beans. Bright eyed and brimming with enthusiasm and excitement for our challenges ahead. We had a great afternoon working through issues and brainstorming organisational tweaks and changes that would improve our ability to perform and deliver. It was... Read More

Engaging staff with a £6.5m bonus. The power of an employee share plan.

Engaging staff with a £6.5m bonus. The power of an employee share plan.
Last week we announced Reward Gateway’s sale to Great Hill Partners, a Boston based private equity house. The $220m deal triggered the cash-out of our employee share plan and that returned £6.5 million to our employees. I’ve believed in employee share plans for many years and have seen first hand how they can help to connect everyone with the business.... Read More

Making someone’s day isn’t that hard. Who do you know that needs a Thank you or a little reward??

Making someone’s day isn’t that hard. Who do you know that needs a Thank you or a little reward??
At work today, we ran one of our regular Benefits Excellence Live events – number 39 actually. We run these about monthly on a rotating set of topics around employee engagement, employee benefits and return on investment for HR. Today it was a little different as it we had a whole a new topic. It was an event specially put on... Read More