WHAT THE EX­PERT SAYS …

Inc. (USA) - - LAUNCH -

We have a fish­bowl in the middle of our bullpen. When­ever some­one does some­thing above and be­yond, some­one else writes a com­ment about it and drops it into the bowl. At our monthly staff meet­ing, we read the com­ments aloud and ev­ery­one ac­knowl­edges their co-work­ers in a way that’s fun and col­lab­o­ra­tive. I keep track of the com­ments, and at the end of the year, the em­ployee who re­ceived the most gets an ex­tra va­ca­tion day.”

STEVE SAV­AGE

Founder and CEO, 1908 Brands (food & bev­er­age)

NO. 3,542

2017 INC. 5000 RANK

87%

3-YEAR GROWTH

$5.2M

2016 REV­ENUE

When you’ve hired some­one, dur­ing ori­en­ta­tion, plant the seeds of what the ex­pec­ta­tions are to get an endof-the-year bonus or re­ward. Make it a fair game. Re­ally tie your re­wards to per­for­mance goals that are spe­cific, mea­sur­able, and achiev­able. Help your em­ploy­ees reach those goals by pro­vid­ing train­ing and re­sources as needed. Peo­ple are peo­ple. We’ve learned, through the years, that you can’t con­trol peo­ple’s emo­tions, but what you can do is keep ev­ery­body en­gaged and make it a fair play­ing field.”

JAIYA BAK­SHI

Founder and CEO, JBR Solutions (hu­man re­sources)

NO. 531 2017 INC. 5000 RANK 842% 3-YEAR GROWTH $3M 2016 REV­ENUE

I’ll cre­ate an ac­tiv­ity—a din­ner out, or some­thing ev­ery­one’s been dy­ing to do—and of­fer it as a re­ward to any­one who per­forms above a cer­tain level. We re­cently had some em­ploy­ees who re­ally wanted to go in­door sky­div­ing, so I sent out a note to the whole com­pany and said, “If you’re able to achieve a cer­tain level, you can join us.”

ADAM STETTNER

Founder and CEO, Re­liant Fund­ing (fi­nan­cial ser­vices)

NO. 2,809 2017 INC. 5000 RANK 122% 3-YEAR GROWTH $51.9M 2016 REV­ENUE

Twice a year, we rec­og­nize 10 per­cent of our staff, in front of the whole com­pany, for stel­lar per­for­mance over the pre­vi­ous six months. The value of the gifts is the same for ev­ery­one, but we tai­lor them to each em­ployee’s taste, so the per­son gets the feel­ing ‘ They know me.’ If some­one just had a baby, we’ll give her a gift card to a baby store.”

MICHELLE WY­ATT

Co-founder and CEO, Cad­mi­umCD (busi­ness prod­ucts & ser­vices)

NO. 1,929 2017 INC. 5000 RANK 198% 3-YEAR GROWTH $5.1M 2016 REV­ENUE

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