Rewards and Recognition Online Certification Program Recognizes a Successful First Anniversary for

Since launching the Employee Rewards and Recognition Institute in March 2011, the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) reported impressive statistics in one year. The program delivered more than 5,900 webcasts for credit in 54 courses for interested HR professionals tuning in. Webcast sessions are available for viewing in live broadcast as well as from the archive directory, all qualifying for IHR credit for certification (80 credit hour requirement) as well as recertification for other HR associations.

The next two day virtual conference delivered online by various peer experts in the field of Rewards and Recognition will be April 26-27, 2012. Free registration is now open for any interested HR professionals. An example of a past webcast with high viewership is “The Art and Science of Recognition Training & Communications: The Push and Pull Effects” presented by Derek Irvine of Globoforce. Check the Schedule for Upcoming Virtual Events or the Archive Listing for all programs with specialized focus in this or any division of HR. For those experienced professionals interested in sharing a recent project or topic, Submit an Idea here.

“The wealth and scope of tools offered by the Institute for Human Resources Rewards and Recognition is impressive. The Institute offers just about everything a human resources or recognition professional would need — without ever having to leave their desk! These include: educational webinars on a wide variety of topics, informative how-to tips and tools, virtual events, market research, best practices, benchmarking, and provider lists by market segment. Best of all, there’s a real sense of community between Institute members who are generous in sharing their ideas and insights.”
Michelle M. Smith, Vice President, Business Development, O.C. Tanner

“Our esteemed board is very excited about the progress the IHR Rewards and Recognition Community has made during the last year. We are pleased by the great support we’ve seen for our virtual events that are focused on this important business practice and we continue to be excited about the future developments that are in the works for the coming year and beyond. We hope to encourage more and more business leaders and human resource professionals to embrace the outstanding education opportunities the IHR offers.”
Mike Byam, Managing Partner,Terryberry

The Advisory Board is responsible for guiding the design of the curriculum, and ensuring that the material is impactful and relevant in today’s business conditions. Ongoing searches continue to maintain a dynamic mix of highly qualified HR executives in the Rewards and Recognition space. Interested applicants may contact Amy Ylitalo at The Advisory Board is currently comprised of the following professionals:

Mike Byam,Terryberry
Jerry Klein, Maritz Inc
Matt Burns, Abenity
Kevin Mullins, Globoforce
Mike Ryan, Madison Performance Group
Melissa Van Dyke, The Incentive Research Foundation
Jeffrey Dalton, Paramax
Razor Suleman, Achievers ( Formerly I Love Rewards)
Michelle M. Smith, CPIM, CRP, O.C. Tanner

About is a virtual company that believes in HR education and networking. As the largest social network and online community of over 200,000 HR executives, connects HR professionals and suppliers with easy access to shared knowledge on best practices, industry news, webcasts, and online certification to help them develop their most important asset — the people. Meet, network, share and learn.

About The Institute for Human Resources (
IHR focuses on education, online certification, and career development in the HR profession. IHR currently covers 20 key HR verticals ranging from Rewards and Recognition, Employee Compensation, Quality of Hire, Integrated Talent Management to Employee Wellness and others. Each program provides a full list of education, virtual events and accredited certification courses for a 12 -18 month period. Education, training and certification credits are available with “authorized partners” as well as with educational webcasts and award-winning virtual events. See List of All Programs.

For more information contact:
Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator,
1-877-472-6648, ext. 104

Amy Ylitalo
Facilitator — Rewards and Recognition
Search for Advisory Board Members and Content Presenters
1-877-472-6648, ext. 138