President’s Club: More than Reward, it’s a Rewarding Shared Experience

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What defines a company’s culture? Is it being allowed to bring your dog to work? Paid volunteer days? Social beer carts?

While all of these examples are benefits of working at Softchoice, a huge part of our award-winning corporate culture is our employee recognition programs. One of our biggest, Softchoice President’s Club, rewards the company’s best of the best every year with a week-long trip to an exciting destination. [Read more…]

Employee Recognition that Feels Like Winning an Oscar

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The hype of Hollywood Awards season may have passed, but making your employees feel like they’re at the Academy Awards can happen all year long!

Every year, Hollywood stars celebrate their achievements from the previous year while we watch in awe.  But beyond the glitz, glamour, fashion and box office revenues, why have these awards become so popular?

I believe it comes down to two very simple things: pride and respect. And it’s not just the entertainment industry –  even within the finance, technology or any other industry – recognition by peers is an honour for many.  The same applies in the workplace. In fact, employee recognition is a great approach to help motivate your people and retain your hardworking talent! And it doesn’t mean recognizing with extravagant rewards like trips and money.  While they’re always a nice bonus, it’s the respect gained through peer recognition that can add to an employee’s love of their workplace and motivate them to make an even bigger impact. [Read more…]

CSR Programs: Why some thrive and others nose-dive.

Your sustainability plan isn’t worth a beaver dam if your employees aren’t engaged in the strategy.

Just like the hard-working beaver, employee commitment makes a huge difference in the environment!

This year when Softchoice was named to Canada’s Green 30, I wondered if there was a common thread among the organizations recognized. After reading more about them, I found that their employees’ feedback not only put them on the list, but employee involvement is driving the success of their sustainability programs.

This isn’t surprising. As with many workplaces, engaged employees are the internal change agents, fueling innovation and success of many programs. According to GreenResearch’s 2012 Annual Sustainability Executive Survey, staff engagement is one of the top two sustainability trends for 2012 – simply because “engaged employees make things happen”. They are the “make-it-or-break-it” factor. [Read more…]

Recognition at Softchoice:The Fashionable Side of Employee Rewards

The history of the necktie traces back to 1618. During the 30 Year War, pieces of cloth worn around the necks of Croatian mercenaries caught the eye of Parisians. They dubbed it the “cravat” and a fashion craze exploded. Softchoice has taken the necktie fashion craze even further…not only with a jacket, but by fashioning it into one of the company’s most prestigious sales awards – the Softchoice Tie Jacket Award.

So where did such a crazy idea come from?  [Read more…]

President’s Club 2011 – Costa Rica

It’s no easy feat to find a breathtaking country that can cater to 80 of our employees from all across North America! But, never fail – we found it in Costa Rica. The  country’s beautiful town of Tamarindo welcomed all of us in May for President’s Club 2011! The annual trip is an exclusive opportunity for the top performers of the previous year to connect with each other and the Softchoice Leadership team.

As a corporate events specialist, I’m lucky to be involved in different facets of the Company – including many of the fun and exciting trips abroad! For those lucky 80 that headed south, I wanted to provide them with a memorable experience they’ll be talking about for a lifetime. Executing overseas corporate events can be tough thanks to time differences, language barriers and more. Behind the scenes, it’s not so glamorous but the feedback I received from attendees was fantastic!  Guests told us how much fun they had and how much they loved the resort.

The trip had tons of really radical highlights including an Afternoon Snorkel Sail. When guests weren’t diving into snorkel and check out the tropical sea life, they enjoyed the Costa Rican waters aboard a spacious boat. One guest commented, “Nice boat, great crew and service – made a very nice Guara Sour! Seeing the octopus was a treat.”

From water to land, our  other adventurous guests had the opportunity to [Read more…]

Named ‘Top Newsmaker’, Softchoice’s ‘Green IT Girl’ Shares Top Tips for Sustainable Business

Toronto, January 27, 2011 – Softchoice is delighted to announce that its Sustainability Programs Manager, Melissa Alvares, has been recognized as one of Computer Dealer News magazine’s  Top 25 Newsmakers for 2010. Ms. Alvares, also known as ‘Green IT Girl’, has been at the forefront of the Company’s efforts to share information and create a richer dialogue on sustainable practices for IT and business in general. 

“It’s such an honour to be recognized for the effort we have put into supporting Green IT initiatives,” says Alvares. “Through our Sustain-enable strategy we’ve focused on sharing our knowledge and expertise with customers and industry peers. Our goal is to inspire others through dialogue and straight-forward, practical advice.” [Read more…]