‘Heroes’ teamwork recognition program draws 100+ nominations in just one hour

Working to keep its culture intact and strong, Cardinal Group Companies enlisted employees to channel the message, ‘We survived and thrived together.’ Their efforts have won the award in the ‘Virtual Employee Recognition’ category of Ragan’s 2021 Employee Communications Awards.

Cadinal's culture of recognition

Like many other industries, Cardinal Group Companies, a Denver based property management, investment, marketing and construction company with more 1,700 employees operating in 36 states, found itself with no playbook or precedents to draw from during the rise of COVID-19.

Cardinal’s goal during the crisis was clear. If it wanted to survive the pandemic with its culture intact, teammates would have to lead the conversation.

Cardinal created and distributed a nomination process whereby any Cardinal team member could celebrate another teammate as a hero of the pandemic, whether it was someone who kept the team enthused and optimistic or someone who leaned in just a little further to do the right thing, providing relief to someone else within the organization.

With more than 100 nominations in the first hour, managers found that the company was full of heroes who took ownership over processes, emotional health, procedures, etc., all with the selfless desire to be a team player and respect those they worked with.

Learn more about Ragan’s Awards programs here.


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