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Tanner Labs: Innovation Incubator for Recognition & Wellness Ventures

The nimble, future-facing internal think-tank and incubator born from O.C. Tanner will develop employee wellness and recognition platforms built around wearable technology, mobile apps, social media and other innovations.

Salt Lake City, Utah – June 3, 2014 – O.C. Tanner, a developer of employee recognition strategies and rewards programs, proudly announces Tanner Labs, the new research and development arm of O.C. Tanner. Tasked with developing the future of career achievement, recognition and performance tools, as well as wellness programs to foster great work, Tanner Labs is inventing and testing new products that could be added to the O.C. Tanner portfolio. Tanner Labs will unveil its first applications, Welbe™ and Gratzi™, at the upcoming Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Conference and Expo in June.

Personal technology develops more rapidly every year and it’s a challenge for human resources managers and company leaders to keep up with the trends and habits of an increasingly connected workforce. Tanner Labs was created to rapidly develop and pioneer a fresh new approach to employee wellness and recognition and will infuse imaginative thinking around wearable technology, mobile apps, incentive programs and much more.

“Tanner Labs will have the back-end support and nimbleness to develop technology and act on market trends rapidly,” said Dave Petersen, president and CEO of O.C. Tanner. “Organizations are looking for productive and healthy ways to interact with employees using innovative technology to reinforce culture; we see Tanner Labs leading these efforts while developing solutions that complement the existing O.C. Tanner business.”

Named after founder Obert C. Tanner, O.C. Tanner is a human resource consulting and services company that designs and helps implement employee recognition programs for clients in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Counting numerous Fortune 100 companies on its client list, the company provides presentation training, administration, and awards for programs honoring employee service or performance. The company has also been the proud designer, manufacturer and donor of the 2002 Winter Olympic medals and the U.S. Olympic Team rings for every Olympics since 2000.

“O.C. Tanner has been helping companies grow for 86 years by creating programs that inspire employees to invent, to create, and to discover, and this will not change,” said Nate Walkingshaw, Vice President of Tanner Labs. “Tanner Labs will have the same vision, but fewer constraints when it comes to acting on trends and bringing products to market. We’ll look at solutions through a different lens but remain collaborative in all our efforts.”

Tanner Labs’ first offering will be Welbe, an application designed to provide corporate wellness program administrators and company leaders with aggregate information about the overall well-being of their organization. Not just a step-tracker or calorie counter, Welbe leverages wearable devices, mobile apps and employee submitted data to aggregate company-wide and individual worker wellbeing. Biometrics, financial, social, nutrition and career data can all be gathered and analyzed, with challenge activities and incentives to meet goals set by employers.

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About O.C. Tanner

O. C. Tanner helps the world inspire and appreciate great work. Through our innovative cloud-based software, tools, awards, and education, we provide strategic recognition solutions for thousands of clients globally. Designed to engage talent, increase performance, and drive corporate goals, these solutions create personalized recognition experiences delivered through a smart technology platform. O.C. Tanner has also been the proud designer, manufacturer and donor of the U.S. Olympic Team rings since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Learn more at

About Tanner Labs

Tanner Labs is the research and development arm of O.C. Tanner, created to embody the entrepreneurial spirit of an incubator from within the company and its community. Tanner Labs infuses new thinking and extends the company’s existing ability to create new ventures.  With the support of O.C. Tanner’s 86-year legacy, Tanner Labs is sparking new ideas and rapidly developing new products that expand results within the evolving employee landscape. Learn more at

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