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    PRESS RELEASE: New Study Shows Only 53% of US Employees Feel Appreciated

    PRESS RELEASE: New Study Shows Only 53% of US Employees Feel Appreciated


    (Rogers, AR) - AttaCoin, a manufacturer of employee recognition gifts, has released the results of a new study of American full-time employees: “The AttaCoin 2017 Employee Appreciation Study.” This annual assessment, based on an April survey of 500 full-time employees across the US, explores employee attitudes and how they are affected by employee recognition programs. Executed in partnership with Survata, the survey is based a census-representative population sample balanced across age group, income, and geographic region.

    According to the study, only 53% of employees report feeling “appreciated at work” meaning that almost half do not. This result, consistent with previous studies, indicates a major opportunity to improve productivity in the workplace. Results were consistent across genders with women and men reporting similarly: 55% of women reported feeling appreciated compared to 51% of men. This may be seen as surprising in light of demonstrated pay gaps women experience in the US workplace but reinforces that many factors, not just money, influence feelings of appreciation. Lisa Peretz, AttaCoin’s General Manager, said: “the numbers were surprising to us initially but in our business we know that appreciation is about more than just dollars."

    Survey responses reinforced the need for a balance of monetary and non-monetary recognition: only 36% of respondents agreed that “appreciation is best demonstrated with money” - 24% disagreed and 41% were neutral. Managers and supervisors need to also consider the importance of tools like verbal recognition, thank you letters, physical awards, and recognition events as part of their programs. This type of recognition is often far less expensive than bonuses, gift cards, and other cash value recognition.

    Appreciation Money

    When it comes to verbal recognition, employees expressed a preference for private face-to-face recognition instead of public recognition. 52% of employees agreed that they “would rather be recognized privately by my manager than publicly in front of my team” (35% were neutral and 12% disagreed). Post-survey qualitative research indicates that a few factors may be at play here: the classic corporate “recognition event” has become a bit clichéd, employees are craving a more personal connection from their managers, and some employees are simply uncomfortable being “called out” even when the attention is positive. Peretz said: “In our increasingly digital world, people are more connected than ever to information but feel disconnected from people. A kind word or note from a manager can mean a lot."

    Not surprisingly, employees nearly universally believe that “it’s important that employers reward employees for great work” (88% agreed with this statement). That said, only 41% believed that their employer “effectively rewards employees for great work.” The large gap between responses to these two questions points to a key reason that employees feel under-appreciated. “Most employees expect a bigger effort from their employers on the recognition front,” said Peretz. “Employers that heed the call will improve retention and have a more confident workforce.

    Reinforcing this point, employees that believed their company had an effective rewards approach also felt that their work was important. 90% of employees who worked in places with effective rewards programs agreed with the statement “My work makes a difference” while only 64% of employees without these programs felt the same. Per Peretz, “Employees, especially younger employees Millennial and later, are looking for purpose. Effective rewards programs let them know that they are making an impact.”

    Recognition Program

    To help employers motivate employees, AttaCoin has developed a full line of proprietary employee awards based on an over 2000-year-old military tradition. Their system has effectively been used by large Fortune 50 companies and by small businesses. The full range of AttaCoin products is available on Amazon.com (Prime) and on the company’s website, http://www.attacoin.com/.


    About AttaCoin®:

    AttaCoin manufactures and sells unique employee and team motivation tools to businesses, academic institutions, and to the US Military. The company is a US-based and veteran-owned business. AttaCoin was founded in 2016 by Lisa Peretz who runs the company's day-to-day operations as General Manager.

    Media Contact:

    Lisa Peretz
    100 North Dixieland Suite 2-200 
    Rogers, AR 72756
    Telephone: 1 (800) 260-0365
    Email: lisa@attacoin.com
    Website: https://www.attacoin.com/

    5 Reasons That Positivity = Profits

    5 Reasons That Positivity = Profits

    Positivity equals productivity and productivity equals profits...

    As a leader, are you creating positivity or negativity in your workplace? Are you sure? Take the time to ask a few of your colleagues whether or not they agree.

    Positivity at work is one of your most important resources - it de-stresses you and those around you while also increasing productivity and, ultimately, profits. The Harvard Business Review confirms that happiness increases effectiveness - they call this the "Happiness Advantage."

    5 Reasons Why Your Positivity at Work Drives Profits:

    1. It Leads to a Healthier Workforce

    If your workplace is lacking a spark of joy, chances are that you're paying for it in other ways. Unhappy employees engage in all kinds of unhealthy behaviors and these behaviors directly impact their effectiveness at work. In addition, your medical costs will be impacted. The US Center for Disease Control estimates that $3 of every $4 employers spend on medical costs will be used to treat chronic conditions like obesity, hypertension, and others.

    2. It Improves Retention

    We spend too much time at work to hate being there. Employees in an unstimulating or depressing environment will soon be checking the job sites for greener pastures. Positivity decreases the chance of them leaving for a job where they feel more valued, saving you the hassle of spending your valuable time and money finding a new hire. 

    Spend time with each of your employees and don't be afraid to ask them, from time to time, "are you happy at work?" Your question will likely prompt some serious reflection about challenges, fears, and distractors - you may be surprised at the simple ways that you and your employee can change things for the better.

    3. It's a "Force Multiplier"

    A negative work environment creates a culture of "clock watchers" - people who can't wait for 5pm to roll around so they can escape the bad feelings associated with their workplace. Conversely, in a positive workplace, people will often work longer than expected and enjoy being around other co-workers who are also just as positive as they are. This is why so many progressive companies have invested in creating workspaces that make the employee feel good.

    Studies also show that optimism lowers stress levels. That decreased stress results in happier, more productive employees that are better able to do their jobs. These employees are also less likely to make mistakes.

    4. Happiness is Highly Infectious Within Your Team

    Helping your employees to be happier at work is one of the least expensive HR investments you can make. That happiness is infectious - start a secret "happiness campaign" with your direct reports. Consider what it will take to move each one up the happiness ladder a step or two. This could be as simple as a lunch out with you or, perhaps, some upgrade to their office technology. You'll be surprised at how quickly that happiness spreads from your direct reports to their direct reports and before you know it, you'll see smiles all around.

    5. It's Also Infectious to Customers

    Think of a recent customer service experience you've had. Was it positive or was it negative? Either way, chances are that you quickly detected whether the person you were speaking with was happy or not. If they were, chances are that you left the call feeling satisfied even if your problem couldn't fully be resolved. If not, well...

    Be very aware, especially if you lead a sales or customer service team, that the "mood" of your office is very visible to those outside. Your customers have enough stress in their own lives - if their interactions with your company cause more, chances are they won't be back.


    Jumpstarting Positivity with Employee Appreciation Gifts

    Margaret H. Greenberg, the author of the book Profit From the Positive, says:

    "...In my research study at a large financial services company, we found that managers who gave more frequent recognition and encouragement had teams that were more than 40 percent more productive compared to managers who gave little or no feedback."

    Incentives like gift cards, team prizes, year-end bonuses, or increased holiday sales commissions generate more excitement around meeting a goal and delivering a great ROI (return on investment) for your business. 

    Sometimes the simplest awards can be the most effective. A well-written employee appreciation letter, for example, can make an incredible impact. We also offer employee recognition coins that are an inexpensive, high touch way to recognize employee accomplishments and attributes.

    There are many ways to create a culture of happiness. Pick the one that's most natural to you and watch the results! 

    A Token for Military Spouses

    A Token for Military Spouses

    Military spouses work hard and sacrifice a lot. Military Spouse Appreciation Day is coming up on May 10th. A custom challenge coin is a perfect gift to thank military spouses for their difficult work and sacrifice along with their devotion to the men and women who serve our country in the Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines. Because coins have been gifted in the military as a symbol of heroism, hope and gratitude since World War I, a challenge coin is a perfect gift for military spouses.

    Customized Coins

    Here at Atta Coin, we can customize challenge coins in many different ways. Draw attention to your coin with a 3D image featured in the center of your coin. The image can be of anything from a photo of a deployed spouse to a copy of their badge or any logo of your choosing. Add some flair with a decorative edge or consider cut-outs to change the shape of the coin, offering special emphasis.

    Coin Presentation

    You can also choose special options for presenting your coin as a gift. From special boxes to a velvet bag, there are many options on how you gift the coin to your loved one. The package will double as a gift box/bag as well as a place to store and protect the special coin. This well help to ensure the longevity of this sentimental gift.

    Specific Challenge Coin Ideas

    Drawing a blank as to what you want your custom challenge coin to say? Consider the following verbiage to include on a special coin.

    Deployment Degree Earner – For the spouse who goes back to school to earn a degree during deployment.

    Amazing Mama – This would be a great gift for a military wife whose spouse was stationed far away during the birth of their baby.

    Baby Whisperer – For the spouse or solo parent who raised children alone, pushing through sleepless nights, tantrums and sickness without an extra pair of hands around to help.

    Perfect Attendance - There are no sick days for military spouses acting as solo parents!

    Fearless Flyer – For the parent who flies solo and internationally with kids! This is no easy feat!

    Hardship Tour - This coin can be earned for any hardship assignment. Some duty stations are more difficult than others and require more patience from a spouse. Give this coin to the spouse of someone assigned to recruiting or status of drill instructor.

    Natural Disaster Survivor – One of these can be earned for every natural disaster survived. From tornadoes to tsunamis, every duty station has its risk of natural disasters.

    If any of these coin ideas resonates with you, contact us to discuss what you would like to have made for a military spouse who you love. Of course, you are not limited to these phrases – we can incorporate anything wording want – that’s the beauty of custom coins!

    How to Use Employee Recognition for Productivity

    How to Use Employee Recognition for Productivity

    Do you regularly recognize your employees for their efforts?  Failing to do so can be a detriment to your company. Employee recognition is more than just a nice step to take. It helps to create bonds with your employees and will give them a sense of being valued. It will also encourage them to stick around, doing their best work for you.

    Most employees want you to value their work and be impressed with them. By going out of your way to acknowledge their efforts, their self-worth will be reinforced and it will be a meaningful step in the process of developing a solid relationship.

    Employee recognition not only helps to build morale but will positively impact your organization. To help with the success of your company, consider these important tips when it comes to recognizing your workers.

    Make Everyone Eligible

    Do not single out any individuals or groups of employees. This does not mean you need to recognize everybody at the same time – that would almost make employee recognition ineffective. But it is important to make sure you are not leaving anyone out.

    Make It Known What You Are Rewarding

    It is important to lay out which actions or behaviors you are recognizing and/or rewarding. If you give clear pictures of what kind of work you offer recognition for, more people will strive to meet that level, resulting in greater productivity.

    Offer Rewards

    Rewards as incentives go a long way. You can offer rewards to the individual who performs at a high level or perhaps you will enter the names of individuals who did well on a project into a drawing. It is important that you are clear from the beginning how many people will win and how it will happen (drawing, highest amount of leads, etc.).

    Publicize Achievements

    This does not need to be done every time you offer rewards to your employees but it is important to recognize employees by sharing their noteworthy achievements with the rest of the company. You can do this in company emails, during team meetings or on a board that is regularly seen.

    Treat Everybody On Occasion

    Employee recognition does not always mean that only one or two will receive merit. Did your whole team work together to complete a particular project or deadline? Treat all of your employees. Take everyone out for lunch. Give them a half day. Toss some gift cards into their mailboxes.

    Do Not Always Choose Winners Yourself

    If a manager is the only one who is choosing who will receive rewards or recognition individuals within the company may begin to suspect a form of managerial favoritism is going on. This is why drawings can be helpful at times or you can delegate recognition tasks to other members on your team. This helps to keep anyone from growing suspicious or bitter (whether it is truly warranted or not).

    Effective employee recognition can be a great strategy to foster positive company values within each individual while making your employees feel needed. Motivated people work harder, increasing company morale and productivity as a whole.

    History of the Challenge Coin

    History of the Challenge Coin

    Although we use challenge coins for many different reasons today the history of challenge coins has military roots, building camaraderie amongst those who served in the armed forces. Used as a small token to show appreciation, ownership and where a person comes from, challenge coins are a valued part of many military veterans collections. 

    Appearance of Challenge Coins 

    Coins were typically made of nickel, copper or pewter and came in all shapes and sizes although most were about 1.5 to 2 inches around and about a tenth of an inch thick (much like ours today).  

    Origin of the Challenge Coin 

    Although it is nearly impossible to pinpoint an exact time when the challenge coin came about, it is for certain that they have been around a long time.  

    In fact, some suggest these tokens of gratitude may reach as far back as Ancient Rome. It was not unheard of for enlisted soldiers to be rewarded monetarily for doing well in battle on a given day. He would be given his pay for the day along with another coin as an added bonus. There are rumors that the coins carried marks to signify which legion they came from. Some men kept their coins while others spent them on wine and women. 

    In our more modern society coins are given out commonly among individuals serving in our military. Challenge coins can serve as a sort of ID badge to remember which unit they served with. 

    Although at one time challenge coins were typically only used within the military, coins are used widely in today’s society for many reasons and among many different individuals. Some businesspeople exchange them like they would business cards. Coins may be used as fundraising tools, handed out to people to raise awareness or given as a reward system to people. 

    A coin that was minted by Colonel Buffalo Bill Quinn is said to be one of the earliest challenge coins that has been documented. He was of the 17th Infantry Regiment. With a buffalo on one side and the insignia belonging to the regiment on the other, these coins were given to the men of his crew during the Korean War. Men often drilled holes in the top and wore them around their necks. 

    During the Vietnam War challenge coins were making headway. Men carried their coins with pride, and more safely than their bullet club alternatives. Men used to carry bullets that were given as a reward for surviving a mission but also were given with the intention to be a sort of last resort if a soldier found himself in a predicament. When a challenge was presented amongst members of the bullet club, men often slammed live ammunition down on a tabletop. As a result, command ended this ordinance and replaced the bullet club bullets with Special Forces coins. 

    Today challenge coins are also given to every U.S. President. Each president typically receives more than one: one during inauguration, one to commemorate his administration and one that is available for the general public to be sold in stores and online.  

    Police, fire department, Boy Scouts, Harley Davidson riders, Star Wars cosplayers and more also enjoy these collectible treasures today.