Holiday with the boss is unlikely motivation tool

HR services company Ceridian Centrefile is encouraging high performance by
sending a chosen few high-fliers off on the holiday of a lifetime. There’s only
one drawback – they have to go with the boss.

This might sound like a nightmare scenario, but the consultancy’s
President’s Club – which offers nine staff nominated by colleagues or customers
the chance to go abroad for a week with the President of International HR
Services – is proving to be a strong motivational tool.

The company spends more than £111,000 a year on the annual trip, which is in
addition to annual leave entitlement. And it allows employees to take their
partners along.

Nominations for potential winners are received each month from the
800-strong workforce and then split into nine local regions so that colleagues
can choose the employee they think is most deserving.

The nominations can come under four different categories: delighting
customers; challenging the world of work through productivity improvements or
changes to working life; team working; and ‘going the extra mile’, such as
charity work.

Sharon Douglas, HR director at Ceridian, said regional voting took the
scheme away from the company’s HQ, which might seem remote to other staff, and
made it fairer for smaller sites and home-based employees.

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