Apr 2024 – Reward and Recognition – is that the best you can do?

What are the standard ways HR should be seeking to reward and recognise its employees - and what are the more innovative ways?

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The challenge of attracting and retaining staff has made the area of reward and recognition a tricky one for HR. On the one hand the rewards offered to employees need to be attractive against the backdrop of the competition, however this is also a prime tool for HR to motivate their staff and even create and support the appropriate culture of an organisation.

In this month’s HR World webinar entitled Reward and Recognition – is that the best you can do? Sharath Jeevan, Founder and Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs and Cindy Rubbens, Chief People Experience Officer at global chauffeur company Blacklane gave a thorough insight into current thinking behind reward and recognition and how HR can make the benefits they offer employees go the extra mile and truly deliver.

While acknowledging the individuality and uniqueness of approach required in creating a reward and recognition programme for a business, the panelists also identified over-arching themes in terms of ensuring rewards keyed into a business’ big key purpose, that they give individual satisfaction but also support the idea of the workplace being a place where people work together and support each other. Even in the workplace where technology can now deliver tailored rewards it was recognised that sometimes the best way to make a difference to someone’s effort is to simply say ‘thank you’.


Cindy Rubbens

Cindy Rubbens, Chief People Experience Officer, Blacklane

Cindy is passionate about bringing HR into the future, which is why she is always interested in new developments and is Co-Chair of the HR Innovation Awards. Prior to being Chief People Experience Officer at Blacklane, Cindy was CPO at relayr, Director of People & Culture at Amorelie, CPO at Marley Spoon and Head of HR at DaWanda.

Sharath Jeevan headshot

Sharath Jeevan, Founder & Executive Chairman, Intrinsic Labs

Sharath is the globally recognised authority on Leadership at Inflection Moments. He is an acclaimed advisor, facilitator and author helping a wide range of organisations to safely navigate their inflection moments and futureproof success.

Supporting leaders all around the world to solve deep motivational challenges, Sharath has worked with public sector organisations, leading universities and high-profile corporations, from the UK’s NHS to L’Oreal. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2022 New Year’s Honours for his contributions to the field.


Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World

Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World

Simon Kent has been a freelance journalist in the field of HR and the workplace for over 20 years.

He cut his teeth travelling the country asking people what they did for a living for The Guardian and developing an interest in how work and employees are managed.

He has written extensively for the national press, business and professional publications dedicated to general and specific HR functions, taking in HR tech, pay and benefits, legal, training, recruitment and more.

He has edited HR and public sector magazines, digging out the best stories and liaising with senior level personnel and high-profile public sector leaders to bring great content to readers.

He has written books, blogs, white papers, features, profile, case studies and more. He has chaired round tables and brought high quality coverage online to a diverse platforms as electronic media has evolved.

He continues to be motivated to find the stories and subjects that matter most to readers and ensure they deliver value every time.

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