How to Build an Award-Winning Workplace

Being recognized as an industry leader is a great way to attract and keep employees, and it helps make work a place where your employees actually want to spend their time. It can also increase morale, pride and even productivity. Despite the extra time it takes to apply for awards, many managers will agree that it is worth it.

Razor Suleman is Founder and CEO of I Love Rewards, an award-winning rewards and recognition program provider located in Toronto. The company is a business consulting firm that develops customized web-based customer loyalty and employee recognition programs. “I Love Rewards is proud to be named one of the Top 10 Places Where Employees Thrive in 2009 in Canada, and continues to strive to exemplify Dr. Sandy Cotton’s 10 Principles for a Healthy Workplace,” he says. I Love Rewards was named one of the top 10 award winners last year when we launched our first annual awards at Your Workplace. These awards are given to organizations that have created a dynamic and creative workplace by establishing a culture built on collaborative dialogue, trust, clear outcomes, tolerance and teamwork. The criteria were derived from a column written by Dr. Sandy Cotton, who taught leadership at the Queen’s University School of Business and Royal Military College for nearly three decades.

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