Recommended Sites

Here are the very best employee rewards and recognition sites on the Web. If you have a site you would like us to consider for addition to this guide, please send us an e-mail with a link to the site and a brief description of why you find the site of value.

  • Awards and Recognition Association - An association of professionals dedicated to advancing the image, capabilities, and business growth of recognition specialists. Geared to companies that produce employee awards and that deliver and administer formal awards programs.


  • Bill Sims, Jr. - If you're looking for information on how to use incentives -- particularly safety incentives -- most effectively, then this is a great place to start.
  • CCH Small Business Toolkit - A terrific site chock-full of information on how to start and run a small business and how to effectively manage employees.
  • Foundation of Enterprise Development ( FED) - FED is dedicated to improving organizational performance through leading-edge equity compensation and employee ownership strategies. Here is a very interesting library of articles on Employee Motivation and Empowerment.
  • Inc.Com - This site has several articles written by Bob Nelson for you to access. Just type "Bob Nelson" in the site's search field.
  • Incentive Magazine - The Bible of the formal rewards and recognition industry. Lots of articles on putting together incentive programs along with tons of formal award ideas and vendor resources.
  • National Association for Employee Recognition - This site is home to NAER, an association dedicated to improving individual and organizational performance through the effective use of rewards and recognition. In addition to information on membership, the site contains "state-of-the-art" articles and papers on employee recognition, a resource guide of companies providing recognition products and services, an online newsletter, and more.



  • The Business Research Lab - This is a very intriguing site with lots of stories and information on what makes some bosses good, and others not so good, how to keep employees happy and productive, and plenty of company success stories. Be sure to click around all the different links at the top of the page, just above the heading "Human Resource Tools."
  • Work-Family Connection - Comprehensive listing of company best practices in the areas of family leave, flexibility, empowerment, telecommuting, and more. Companies include Home Depot, Merck, Bell Atlantic, Marriott, Bank of Montreal, ConAgra, RJR Nabisco, and many others.


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