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The 7 Reasons to Recognize Employees

Sep 12, 2019

Written by: John O'Brien
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Did you know employee recognition causes a dopamine effect? Behavioral economists have uncovered facts proving that recognizing employees keeps them focused and working at their highest level, delivering better business results. Here are seven reasons why employee recognition works...

Motivating employees can be a hard thing to prioritize, but with the right reasoning and proper tools - you can make it the initiative it deserves within your organization. Get your company delivering at its best by making employee recognition a priority.


1. It shows employees that you appreciate and value them. Sincere, timely recognition given face-to-face or in writing is a gift that employees are thankful for and often cite as a key reason for being engaged. 

2. It empowers you to promote what you value on your team. Public recognition reinforces the key behaviors and attitudes you want to foster within your group. 

3. It sets standards of performance for everyone to aspire to. Recognition is a positive way to communicate what you expect from all employees and that you are willing to publicly celebrate those who meet your expecations.

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John O'Brien

John O'Brien

Vice President
Employee Performance Group

As Vice President of BI WORLDWIDE’s Employee Performance Group, John O’Brien’s primary focus is to develop employee engagement strategies and solutions that change the behaviors of employees to align with customers’ business objectives. An expert in Employee Recognition Strategy, he educates HR professionals around the world on how to best engage their employees through employee engagement strategies, solutions and best practices.