Recognition Center

Celebrate careers Reward results Notice effort Employee recognition is the acknowledgement of an individual or team's behavior, effort and accomplishments that support the organization's goals and values. Align goals and values with actions is what Employee Recognition is all about. Employees crave positive feedback, recognition when they put in extra effort, acknowledgement of leaders and peers, the glow that comes with knowing an achievement has been seen, appreciated and celebrated.

  • 1. The Importance of Recognition

    In business, creating an environment that promotes employee retention and satisfaction is an essential skill. High turnover rates have a negative impact on any organization, and they can quickly put a company behind its competition. One solution is employee recognition. When effort is recognized, it provides incentive. Recognition of a job well done reduces absenteeism, stress and turnover, and it improves loyalty, competitiveness and productivity.

  • 2. How to Create a Recognition Program

    While many employers think that financial incentives are the best ways to motivate employees, this is not always the case. Creating a company-wide recognition program that is consistent and meaningful is a great way to show employees their work is valued and create healthy competition and team spirit. To create a great recognition program, know what you want to accomplish, who your target employees are and what kind of awards you will offer.

  • 3. How to Give a Reward

    After a recognition program is created, the next step is to promote it and plan the awards ceremony. Make sure everyone in the company knows about the program and what it takes to earn an award. When awards are handed out, it is important to create a fun and festive ceremony that everyone attends. Remember that giving out awards is not just about recognizing the award recipient. It is also about letting all employees know about valued contributions to boost morale and provide incentives for others to work harder.

    When effort is recognized, it provides incentive. Recognition of a job well done reduces absenteeism, stress and turnover, and it improves loyalty, competitiveness and productivity.

  • 4. Motivation

    In creating a recognition program, a primary goal is often to motivate employees. Motivation is the driving force behind why we do what we do. In a company environment, the goal of a boss or business owner is often to motivate his team to work harder, work smarter and increase customer satisfaction levels.

  • 5. Motivation and Morale

    When a manager is successful in motivating his team, a huge reward is improved morale. Morale is not individual; rather, it is a set of principals and thoughts within a group. The tricky thing about morale is that the thoughts and actions of each individual in the group will impact the overall morale of the organization. When a boss rewards efforts, even for the most mundane tasks, he improves that individual’s perception of the job and feelings about the organization. He also improves the overall morale of the organization. This fosters team building, increases production and gives everyone incentive to remain on board and committed to the tasks at hand.

  • 6. Motivating in Sports, Business, and Life

    Thus far we have learned that if you recognize a behavior, it is likely to continue. If you ignore the efforts of others, they will often stop putting forth those efforts. This is the impact that recognition has in business, sports and life. If a boss is consistent in recognizing extra hours on the job, meeting certain sales goals or perfect attendance, employees are more likely to feel their contributions are appreciated and continue with their hard work.

  • 7. How Motivation Effects Employee Retention

    The success or failure of any business can be directly traced to its ability to retain top talent. Companies that appreciate employees keep them, and companies that do not show appreciation encourage their workforce to look elsewhere. While compensation, benefits and status in an organization provide some incentive to stick around, studies continue to show that the one component that influences retention rates the most is appreciation. This involves giving employees opportunities to learn, work and grow and recognizing their efforts.

  • 8. Motivation's Effect on Performance and Productivity

    Setting goals is an important step in increasing productivity. You have to let your employees know what the desired end result is, and you also have to reward them for reaching it. Make sure that the goals are achievable, clear and concise, and help your employees to understand the rewards waiting for them at the end of the road. Whether that means a possible promotion, a letter of recognition or a plaque announcing the individual as employee of the month, providing motivation is a great way to increase productivity and improve the bottom line for any organization.

  • 9. Corporate Logos and Symbols as Motivators

    A final useful tool for motivating employees is your company’s logo. A company’s logo represents hard work and the company’s vision. When you create a positive workplace, the logo is also a badge of honor for employees to display on hats, t-shirts, coffee mugs and paperweights. Awards that display the logo are “official” and personalized, and they help valued employees to feel like members of an elite team. Put your company’s logo on everything from customer gifts to team awards and product presentations. Never let an opportunity pass you by to show affiliation to an exclusive team.