The Ultimate Employee Engagement Event: Part II

Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP
December 6 2018
In last week’s blog, I explained the importance of an annual employee awards ceremony for employee engagement and described my best practices for designing an elegant event. If you haven’t read part one, I encourage you to go back and check it out. This week, I have provided brief explanations of the honors and recognitions we award each year at InfoMart. Feel free to use these ideas in your own event planning.

Shining Star

These are the employees who set an example to their peers. They consistently work hard to improve their service to the company. They are professional, adaptable, and results-driven. Number of winners: Up to 12 Selected byUpper management Eligibility: All employees

Team Player

This award is given to employees who have shown loyalty and dedication to their colleagues and the company. These are the employees that volunteer for projects, help others, and participate in committees. Number of winnersUp to 8 Selected by: Upper management EligibilityAll employees

Most Valuable Player

The MVP Award recognizes the outstanding employees that consistently perform at a high level. These are the people that InfoMart couldn’t succeed without. Employees awarded as MVP are those who possess invaluable expertise, flexibility, and helpfulness. Number of winnersUp to 6 Selected by: Upper management Eligibility: All employees

Empowerment Award

These employees show ambition and drive to propel the company in a new direction. They are characterized by their unrelenting commitment to their team and their work. Number of winners: Up to 3 Selected byExecutive management EligibilityAll employees


Much like our MVP Award recognizes high-level performers, our All-Star Award is for the employees that excel within their positions. However, this award is only open to employees who have been with our company for at least five years. These winners represent the type of employee our newcomers should emulate. Number of winners: Up to 5 Selected by: Executive management Eligibility: An employee who has been with the company for 5+ years

I’M InfoMart Award

This is an award that is decided on by the I’M InfoMart committee chairs. Each year, our committee chairs discuss the impact that individual employees have had within their employee-led committees and pick the person most deserving of recognition. Number of winners1 Selected by: The Chairs of our IM Committees Eligibility: Must be involved in IM Committees

Ambassador of Culture

At InfoMart, our workplace culture is at the heart of everything we do. This honor goes to someone who actively participates in and/or leads company events, maintains a positive outlook, and brings new ideas to the table. Number of winners: Up to 3 Selected byExecutive management Eligibility: All employees

 Go-Getter Award

The Go-Getter is given to employees who go above and beyond. These employees take initiative, jump on extra work, and have their goals set high. Number of winners: Up to 3 Selected by: Executive management Eligibility: All employees

Department Employee of the Year

Each department votes in the few weeks leading up to the event for an employee that made the most contributions to the team that year. Number of winners: 1 for each department Selected by: Department colleagues Eligibility: All employees

Rookie of the Year

The Rookie of the Year award goes to an employee that has been with our company for only a short time and who shows great amounts of potential in their position. As an up-and-coming leader in the company, the Rookie of the Year demonstrates dedication typically seen in those who have been here much longer. Important note: you must be employed with us for at least 9 months to be elligible, so an employee can be with InfoMart for over a year and still win Rookie of the Year. Number of winners: Up to 3 Selected by: Executive management Eligibility: Employees employed over 9 months but less than 18 months

Liz Camilli Award

In honor of an employee of a superior service to InfoMart in the early days, the Liz Camilli Award is given in recognition of strong dedication to the company, a deep understanding of the industry, and a commitment to making InfoMart the industry leader. Number of winners: 1 Selected by: The Board of Directors Eligibility: All employees

Visionary Award

This award gets its name from my title, Chief Visionary Officer. As my vision sets the direction of InfoMart, this award is presented to an employee that embodies that vision and has helped move InfoMart in that direction. Number of winners: Up to 3 Selected by: The Board of Directors Eligibility: All employees

Outstanding Peer Award

This award goes to an employee who embodies the spirit of InfoMart in culture, ethic, and ambition. Outstanding Peers overcome adversity to make their department and workplace better. Number of winners: Up to 3 Selected by: For this honor, an employee must write a two-page nomination explaining why this person exemplifies the best of all employees. Outside judges read the nominations and decide on a winner. Eligibility: All employees

Employee of the Year

The Employee of the Year is InfoMart’s highest honor. The award goes to the individual who best exemplifies InfoMart’s work ethic, team atmosphere, performance standards, and overall vision. Number of winners: Up to 3 Selected by: Board of Directors Eligibility: All employees

Chairman Award

There are years that I personally select and recognize someone with the “Spirit of the Sword” award. This commendation is given to people both within and outside of the company. They are those that have given all of themselves and made a significant difference to InfoMart. This is an exclusive award; I don’t award this every year.

These honors are just some of the ways we recognize talent and dedication in InfoMart. Please feel free to share your thoughts on these awards or employee engagement with me. Find me on Twitter at @ByTammyCohen, or connect with me on LinkedIn, where you’ll find even more tips for employee engagement during the holidays.

About Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen, an industry pioneer and expert in identity and employment screening, founded InfoMart 30 years ago. Deemed the “Queen of Screen,” she’s been a force behind industry-leading innovations. She was most recently the first-to-market with a fully compliant sanctions search, as well as a suite of identity services that modernizes talent onboarding. Tammy revolutionized the screening industry when she stepped into the field, developing the first client-facing application and a due diligence criminal search that has since become standard for all background screening companies. Cohen has received national awards and honors for her business and civic involvement, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Women-Owned Firms in Atlanta, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Kathryn Woods Racial Justice Award, and a commendation in the 152nd Congressional Record.

About InfoMart

InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for 30 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association, and they have achieved PBSA accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 45 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.

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