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IRR Industry Update...Recent Funding...Perks Changes...Growing Recognition Trend?

Giresh ReddyHere’s a roundup of recent news in rewards and recognition.

Another Reward App Gets Funding
CNBC Report—Airlines Cut Back on Perks, Retailers Focus on Big Spenders
5 Companies With the Best Employee Recognition Programs Focus on Performance, Not Longevity
 
Onward, a recognition app platform, receives funding...Airlines, retailers cut back on perks...Is recognition increasingly focusing on performance? Maybe.
 

Another Reward App Gets Funding

 
Onward, a California-based startup focused on building Atlassian Marketplace apps for Jira Software, Jira Work Management, Jira Service Management to “reimagine workforce engagement,” has secured a strategic seed round investment from Atlassian Ventures. It says the funding will be used to accelerate Onward's application development and scale its sales and marketing efforts. Giresh Reddy is Co-Founder and CEO.
 
Onward says its peer recognition and rewards management application is tailored for service delivery teams.
 
Atlassian Ventures is said to have “a strong track record of supporting companies that are developing best-of-breed apps to help power the future of teamwork and collaboration. Onward aims to leverage this investment to accelerate its growth trajectory and deliver even greater value to mutual customers.”
 

CNBC Report—Airlines Cut Back on Perks, Retailers Focus on Big Spenders

 
This recent report on CNBC reports that airlines have begun to cut back on some of the benefits offered in frequent flyer programs while some major retailers are aiming their generosity at biggest spenders.
 

5 Companies With the Best Employee Recognition Programs Focus on Performance, Not Longevity

 
Marking the increased shift of recognition away from traditional length-of-service programs, this recent article by Rose Velazquez, a writer for Builtin, a media platform for tech firms and startups, singles out these companies for having “employee recognition programs that take the time to reward team members for meeting goals and embodying organizational values.” The companies are Mars, Merck, Workhuman, FullContact, and Paychex.
 
She writes, “An employee recognition program gives company leaders and managers a chance to reward team members for meeting their goals and demonstrating their commitment to the organization. It’s an employee engagement strategy that can also allow for peer-to-peer acknowledgements.”

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