B&Q rolls out employee recognition scheme

B&Q has implemented an employee recognition scheme featuring its newly-launched corporate gift card to motivate its 34,000-strong workforce.

Employees that work for the retailer can nominate each other to be rewarded with the corporate gift card, which was launched at the beginning of April.

At the end of each month, managers will select one or more of the nominated employees they consider to have made an outstanding contribution and will present them with a B&Q gift card. Value ranging between £10, £15 or £50 is loaded onto an individual’s card, which they can use to buy products at B&Q stores. The value awarded to employees is decided by the manager.

The recognition scheme has been designed to reward staff for achievements in a number of areas, including customer service, product availability and store support.

Leon Foster-Hill, employee engagement adviser at B&Q, said: “We feel it is right that we should recognise when employees do something a little bit special or go out of their way to deliver a really great service.”

The launch of the retailer’s corporate gift card follows its decision to stop accepting Kingfisher vouchers in December. Kingfisher vouchers, used to purchase goods at a number of retailers including Comet and B&Q, were issued by Flogistics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Woolworths’ Group, which went into administration towards the end of last year.