Written by: John O'Brien, Vice President, Employee Performance Group
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A culture of recognition is inspiring, resulting in a high level of engaged and loyal employees. Making employee inspiration integral to your workplace culture can be achieved through meaningful and intentional practices.
Employee recognition has long been a cornerstone of effective management. But today, as the workplace is becoming more dynamic, the ways organizations show they value their employees has become more important than ever.
A consistent and sustainable level of employee performance is vital to the success of any organization.
The establishment and maintenance of a positive workplace culture is an effective way to generate the level of employee engagement required to increase production and output.
Decades of extensive research has proven that regular and systematic recognition of improved performance, achievements, attitudes or behaviors (in other words, the creation of a recognition-rich culture) can add quantifiable value to an organization.
In order to fully understand “Best in Class” standards for recognition and reward programs, it is helpful to frame them in relation to the work of Recognition Professionals International.
On their website www.recognition.org, RPI describes themselves as follows:
RPI has its own, carefully researched set of seven Best Practice Standards that have evolved over the years as more research is conducted and more data is available.
These standards provide excellent guidelines to determine the quality and efficacy of recognition programs for all types and sizes of organizations.
There should be a clearly defined, written recognition strategy outlining the program’s philosophy and objectives.
Management is held accountable for overseeing and actively participating in recognition programs.
There will be regular evaluations of the effectiveness of the programs using proven, reliable metrics.
The organization establishes and maintains a strategic, transparent communication plan relating to all aspects of the program.
There will be documentation on how recognition training is designed and administered for managers and employees at all levels.
Creative celebrations and award ceremonies will be effectively used to recognize the organization’s employees.
Programs are consistently reviewed for possible modifications and restructuring of goals, objectives and employee recognition needs.
Whatever type or scale of recognition program you determine best fits your organization, it should adhere to the seven Best Practice Standards as determined by Recognition Professionals International.
Most importantly, the goal of any program should always be to acknowledge performance, achievements and behavior that reflect your organization’s culture.