Paul Hebert talks Service Anniversary Programs – The Same But Different

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Worldwide FOT

Anyone over the age of 30 has probably heard of a “service anniversary” program – or a “length of service” program. Or if you’re really old school you might have heard it called a “long service” program. But a rose by any other name is simply a program that highlights the time an employee has spent with an organization.

Measured in years but not in contribution – the “service anniversary” program is the one program that anyone – and I mean anyone can earn get simply by not being bad enough to get fired, RIF’d, laid off, forced out, etc.

Yeah – I said it. Service Anniversary programs reward people for presence not performance.

And there is a part of me that is okay with that.

Does everything have to be performance-based?

Read the whole post over at Symbolist (an FOT contributor blog).

Paul Hebert

Paul Hebert is Vice President of Individual Performance Strategy at Creative Group Inc, writer, speaker and consultant. Paul focuses on influencing behaviors and driving business results through employees, channel partners and consumers. He is dedicated to creating true emotional connections often overlooked in our automated, tech-enabled world. Using proven motivational theory, behavioral economics and social psychology he has driven extraordinary company performance for his clients. Paul is widely considered an expert on motivation, incentives, and engagement.