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Employee Recognition

Authors: Michael Rose and Chris Wilson

US Consultant: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Recognition is about praising people for the great things that they are doing, rather than being an incentive for reaching targets. See Recognition and Recognition Programs.
  • Recognition programs range from the very informal, in which supervisors concentrate on saying "thank you" to employees, to more formal corporate programs. See The Recognition Continuum.
  • A recognition program should be consistent with the culture of the business and the business's stated policies and values. See Aims and Objectives.
  • Engagement surveys and other business measures can be used to identify the starting position and then measure the impact of the recognition program over time. See Developing the Business Case.
  • In designing its recognition program, an organization will need to decide, for example, how formal it wishes the program to be, the appropriate recognition criteria, and how nominations will be made and assessed. See Designing the Recognition Program.
  • The type of recognition award on offer will depend on the nature of the program being run, but the impact should be through the recognition itself and not the award. See Recognition Awards.
  • Any recognition program will need to be branded, promoted and marketed to optimize success. See Communicating the Program to Employees.