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Local HR professionals to resurrect Recognition Roundtable

Group shares best practices in improving West Michigan workplaces

October 8, 2007

Grand Rapids, MICH. –
Starting October 17, human resource professionals from around Grand Rapids will once again assemble to discuss the practice of employee recognition in their respective workplaces. The Grand Rapids Recognition Roundtable (GRRR), a professional development opportunity started in 1999 by past Baudville, Inc. President and CEO Debra Sikanas, has re-grouped and will hold its first meeting of 2007 on Wednesday, October 17 at Baudville’s Kentwood headquarters.  

Human resource and employee recognition professionals from Meijer, Gordon Food Service, Spectrum Health and Baudville, among others, are expected to attend the inaugural event on the 17th.  

“I felt a responsibility to provide a forum for local recognition practitioners,” Sikanas says, commenting on her reasons for starting the forum in 1999. “For many, a local recognition roundtable was the only resource for those interested in networking with other recognition professionals.”  

The GRRR provides opportunity for professionals from a variety of industries and services to share and discuss recognition best practices. The forum’s mission includes advancing the knowledge and skills of attendees in order to improve employee engagement, retention and performance. Upcoming focus topics for the roundtable include recognition strategy and manager recognition training. Members are invited to join and participate at quarterly meetings at no-cost.  

“We feel the information recognition practitioners can gain from one another is invaluable,” explains Brad Darooge, President & CEO of Baudville, Inc., the Kentwood-based provider of employee award and recognition programs and the company leading the GRRR revival. “Providing a forum for networking and discussion equips them with the ability to improve West Michigan workplaces.”  

Northwestern University research conducted in 2004 identified a direct link between employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction, and between customer satisfaction and improved financial performance. This is a finding the attending roundtable companies take very seriously.  

“Practicing praise and recognition of the right kind can decrease turnover, increase customer and employee satisfaction, and increase overall productivity,” says Darooge. As an industry-leading employee recognition company, Baudville prides itself on recognizing its own staff through a variety of proprietary programs.   

Recognizing employees can begin with a few simple, no-cost actions. “It’s as easy as writing a thank you note when an employee goes above and beyond,” explains Darooge. “It’s been found that praise from a manager is the number one form of recognition employees desire.” A company-wide email or letter from an executive expressing the value of a specific department or professional is also a meaningful way to recognize employees.  


The Grand Rapids Recognition Roundtable is a forum for recognition practitioners and human resource professionals to advance their knowledge and skills of employee recognition through networking and discussion, in order to improve employee engagement, retention and performance in West Michigan workplaces. Meetings are held monthly and are held by a member company.

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