United Airlines today launched a new employee recognition program that also enters MileagePlus members into a sweepstakes. You can nominate up to five employees from June 1 to September 30, 2012 by using United’s mobile app (Apple and Android devices only). Your name then gets placed in the pool from which United will randomly draw winners at the end of what their press release hints might become a quarterly sweepstakes.
The prizes are pretty nice for both employees and MileagePlus members alike:
Any United or United Express employee below the vice president level is eligible, as well as those working for MileagePlus and other corporate affiliates of United. I’m actually surprised they didn’t restrict all management employees, but I highly doubt directors and such working at corporate will get a nomination.
The “Outperform Recognition” feature on the mobile app can be found by pressing the “More” button on the homepage.
It pre-populates your name and MileagePlus number, then asks for the employee’s name, last four digits of their employee number, location or department code and a space to describe your positive experience in less than 120 characters.
I actually like this type of participatory recognition program better than the old “Going the Extra Mile” certs, which were questionable whether or not they truly did anything for the employee. It also makes it easy for United to track. What I don’t like is that it’s restricted to the mobile app. I’d like to see an online web entry process, too, as not everyone uses the app.
I’m hoping to bump into the famous Annie in Sydney next month so I can nominate her. She’s a true United gem.
More details and the full terms & conditions can be found here.