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IRR News From Boost, Kazoo, and Kudos

Boost Engagement launches Boost Coinz for the SMB market…Rob Catalano helps Kazoo integrate employee voice and rewards…Kudos adds two new board members.
Here’s the latest news from various suppliers in the Incentive, Rewards, and Recognition (IRR) field. 

Boost Engagement Launches Coinz for SMB Market

Boost Engagement, a Dayton-based technology company, recently launched Boost with Coinz. Boost with Coinz is “strategically designed to build total workforce engagement for small and mid-sized organizations with a dual virtual and on-the-spot rewarding vehicle. The patented Boost with Coinz combines the qualities of an online employee engagement program with a face-to-face rewarding approach and private social newsfeed to help drive program visibility and team member interaction,” the company says.
“Since 2005, we’ve served hundreds of thousands of employees, helping drive work focus, excitement, and profitability back to those organizations. We’ve taken all our experience and bundled the best features together into a free-to-use platform,” says Michael Emoff, Chief Vision Officer. “Our goal was to create something effective and affordable, easy to use, giving the power of ‘big’ to the ‘less than big’ companies.”
According to the company, the Boost with Coinz platform provides “a tool to keep employees connected to the business and each other through an interactive private social news feed and rewards program. Employees can receive a Coinz coin in person if they're in the office, or virtually if they’re remote. With customizable reward values and vibrant coin colors, employees can compete to show off their achievements and inspire others over time by creating their own ‘trophy’ by stacking their magnetic coins. Employees will establish their own accounts, allowing them to redeem from hundreds of thousands of awards.” 
For more information: Contact Hannah Stickford, Boost Engagement LLC; 800-223-2203; hannah.stickford@boostengagementllc.com.

Kazoo Moves Quickly to Integrate Worker Voice With Rewards 

Austin-based employee engagement tech firm Kazoo has wasted no time implementing its merger with Toronto-based WorkTango, an employee voice company. 
Rob Catalano, co-founder of WorkTango, an employee voice technology firm, has been named Kazoo’s new Chief Strategy Officer as part of the merger between the two companies. In addition, the combined company is rapidly integrating the two technologies as described on its Linkedin page: “Kazoo plus WorkTango is the first holistic employee experience platform that helps companies engage, retain and inspire their workforce through recognition and rewards, continuous performance conversations, and authentic employee listening. The employee experience platform brings together everything you need to create a high-performing, connected culture regardless of where your employees work or what device they use. By combining goals and OKRs (objectives and key results), recognition, feedback, conversations, incentives and surveys within a single, easy-to-use platform, your employees become more engaged, your managers become better leaders, and your productivity and business performance soars.” 
For more information: Contact Rob Catalano at Rob@Worktango.com

Kudos Expands Board 

Kudos, the Calgary AB, Can.-based recognition firm, has named former President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development (CED) Mary Moran Board Chair effective immediately. Joining the board as Executive Advisor is Beth Thornton, who has extensive experience optimizing sales force effectiveness and transforming national and international organizations in the human resources technology space and beyond.
The company says that “Moran’s collaborative and inclusive approach to leadership and governance will support Kudos’ mission of empowering organizations to use to drive lasting organizational performance and culture changes.” 
Thornton was the Executive Vice President of Sales at Salt Lake City recognition firm O.C. Tanner for over 13 years, the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Inspire Software and currently holds the same role at Experlogix, Inc.
“Kudos is well on its way to changing the world of work through its unique recognition-first approach,” says Thornton. “Fully remote and hybrid workplaces are our new reality. This has led to a boom in the HR technology space as leaders seek to keep their teams connected and engaged.”
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Education, Certifications, and Information to Activate
Brand Media and Enterprise Engagement 

A complete learning, certification, and information program and a course syllabus for educators.
Resources: The Brand Media Coalition, the only guide to the story-telling power of brands and where to source them for business, event, promotional gifting, and rewards and recognition. Enterprise Engagement Solution Provider Directory. The only directory of engagement solution providers covering all types of agencies and tactics as well as insights on how to select them.
Communities: The  Enterprise Engagement Alliance and Advocate and the  Brand Media Coalition free resource centers offering access to the latest research, news, and case studies; discounts, promotions, referrals, and commissions, when appropriate to third-party solution providers from participating coalition solution provider members.
Training and Certification
Enterprise Engagement Alliance Education: Certified Engagement Practitioner; Advanced Engaged Practitioner, and Certified Engagement Solution Provider learning and certification programs on how to implement Stakeholder Capitalism principles at the tactical level. 
International Center for Enterprise Engagement: The only training and certification program for ISO 30414 human capital reporting and ISO 10018 quality people management certification. 
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The EEA offers a complimentary course syllabus for educators.
In Print: 
This is the definitive implementation guide to Stakeholder Capitalism, written specifically to provide CEOs and their leadership teams a concise overview of the framework, economics, and implementation process of a CEO-led strategic and systematic approach to achieving success through people.  (123 pages, $15.99)
The first and most comprehensive book on Enterprise Engagement and the new ISO 9001 and ISO 10018 quality people management standards. Includes 36 chapters detailing how to better integrate and align engagement efforts across the enterprise. (312 pages, $36.) 
10-minute short course: click here for a 10-minute introduction to Enterprise Engagement and ISO standards from the Coggno.com learning platform.
•  The Engagement Agency at EngagementAgency.net, offering: complete support services for employers, solution providers, and technology firms seeking to profit from formal engagement practices for themselves or their clients, including Brand and Capability audits for solution providers to make sure their products and services are up to date.
•  C-Suite Advisory Service—Education of boards, investors, and C-suite executives on the economics, framework, and implementation processes of Enterprise Engagement. 
•  Speakers Bureau—Select the right speaker on any aspect of engagement for your next event.
•  Mergers and Acquisitions. The Engagement Agency’s Mergers and Acquisition group is aware of multiple companies seeking to purchase firms in the engagement field. Contact Michael Mazer in confidence if your company is potentially for sale at 303-320-3777.
Enterprise Engagement Benchmark Tools: The Enterprise Engagement Alliance offers three tools to help organizations profit from Engagement. Click here to access the tools.
•  ROI of Engagement Calculator. Use this tool to determine the potential return-on-investment of an engagement strategy. 
•  EE Benchmark Indicator. Confidentially benchmark your organization’s Enterprise Engagement practices against organizations and best practices. 
•  Compare Your Company’s Level of Engagement. Quickly compare your organization’s level of engagement to those of others based on the same criteria as the EEA’s Engaged Company Stock Index.
•  Gauge Your Personal Level of Engagement. This survey, donated by Horsepower, enables individuals to gauge their own personal levels of engagement.
For more information, contact Bruce Bolger at Bolger@TheEEA.org, 914-591-7600, ext. 230.
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