Why would you make a new employee wait five years?

Employee recognition programs

    Photo: screen shot from LinkedIn yesterday.


Disney Cast years of service awards
Photo taken yesterday from my office bookshelf.


Top photo summary: Based on the Amazon employee’s status update, Amazon doesn’t recognize an employee’s 1-year anniversary. But they do celebrate 5-years with a special employee ID.

Bottom photo summary: Disney recognizes 5-year employment anniversaries like Amazon, but also celebrates the first-year anniversary with a special Steamboat Willie Service Pin for the Cast Member’s name tag. Additionally, a new “years of service” pin is awarded at every five year anniversary. The Pinocchio statue also came with a 30-year service pin to wear on my Disney name tag.

So i have seven pins:

1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30

Disney over-focuses on the same things others under-focus on or ignore.

Why would an organization not focus on an early, celebratory win, on the first company anniversary?


And what’s to be gained culturally by celebrating one-year anniversaries?

The thinking that went into Disney’s cultural norm versus Amazon’s illustrates the power in .thinking .differently


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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.