Reward and recognition programs for employees are about far more than perks.

Done right, they go beyond the quantifiable and become part of the hard-to-define but essential nature of your company culture. Done right, they are a big part of what makes people want to come to work.

So how do you do it right?

What’s becoming clear is that putting employees front and center is key – and that cultivating a great employee experience isn’t just what employees want, but also has a big payoff when it comes to ROI.

What goes into making people excited to be a part of your company?

One part of the equation is to make work meaningful. Giving employees a sense of purpose and connection is an increasingly important aspect of reward and recognition programs for employees that work.

And if like many people you’re searching for a platform that will help do that, a great user experience is a vital component to consider.

And that brings us to one of our own extraordinary employees we’d like to put front-and-center today.

Meet AK Akindele!

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AK fine-tunes the employee experience experience here at YouEarnedIt: He helps to ensure our technology is fun, effective, and trustworthy.

AK is on the engineering team that makes our software work. Let’s find out a little bit about what makes him work.

Hi AK! Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

AK: I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Houston, Texas when I was 9. I moved to Austin to go to the University of Texas. I’ve been in Austin ever since.

When did you first know you were interested in and good at engineering?

AK: I knew I was interested in engineering during my first computer science class. The lecturer showed us a simple “Hello, World!” program in Java, and I was hooked. I knew I was good at it when I accidentally used recursion in that same class before knowing what it was. It just seemed natural to me, and it made sense.

For our non-tech readers, what is “recursion?”

AK: Recursion is automatically reusing the same piece of logic within itself an unspecified number of times.

How long have you been with YEI? Can you describe your job and how your work impacts customers?

AK: I’ve been at YEI for two years. The bulk of my job is building the underlying systems that support the user experience. When these systems are reliable and fast, it makes for a pleasant customer experience.

What’s an example of how your work reduces end-user frustration? Say, the frustration we get when a website takes forever to load?

AK: Long load times have to do with the code that returns data to the user’s browser. In order for the page to render quickly, the data needs to be returned quickly. One of the ways to increase the performance is to return the minimum amount of information needed when the user navigates to a page. After the initial page load, more information can be retrieved as the user interacts with different parts of the application.

What’s your favorite Behavior Bonus and why?

AK: My favorite Behavior Bonus is the “YouLearnedIt.” I like it because it encourages employees to learn about other departments in the company.

The "YouLearned It" Behavior Bonus

The “YouLearned It” Behavior Bonus

What’s something you learned about a coworker during a recent Behavior Bonus experience?

AK: I learned that a coworker’s hobby was video editing. His side project at the time was editing a video for his friend’s band.

What are your favorite types of rewards for employees within YouEarnedIt’s reward and recognition system?

AK: My favorite types of rewards are group rewards. I think it is awesome when a group of people contribute to a reward and share it.

(Below are two group rewards on offer here at YouEarnedIt:)

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About YouEarnedIt:
YouEarnedIt is a SaaS HR technology platform that redefines the way companies engage with their employees. By providing tools to connect, reward, reveal and report in real-time, YouEarnedIt can consolidate employee engagement initiatives into one, easy-to-use mobile platform for teams of all sizes. Since launching in 2012, YouEarnedIt has delivered its flexible software to small enterprises and Fortune 500 brands across several industries. Visit youearnedit.com for more information or schedule a quick demo here.

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Rebecca Beegle