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HR Basics: Employee Recognition

HR Basics is a series of short courses, designed to highlight what you need to know about a particular human resource management topic. In today’s HR Basics, we explore employee recognition, exploring why it is important and how to design and manage effective programs.

Recognition is about reinforcement of employee actions, efforts, behavior or performance that support organizational strategy. Recognition acknowledges or gives special attention to employee actions, efforts, behavior or performance and support business strategy by reinforcing certain behaviors (e.g., extraordinary accomplishments) that contribute to organizational success. These programs can be either formal or informal.

Employee recognition continues to be top of mind as employers use their total rewards toolkit to differentiate themselves as an employer of choice and solve for a variety of business challenges. Let’s take a look at the design and management of effective recognition programs.

Design refers to a plan or protocol for carrying out or accomplishing employee recognition. Management is about getting employee recognition done right through planning, organizing, leading and controlling.

When employees and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rises, and they are motivated to maintain or improve their good work. Praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace. People want to be respected and valued by others for their contribution.