APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Employee Recognition

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Employee Recognition

Employee recognition efforts reward employees both individually and collectively for their contributions to the organization. Recognition can take various forms, formal and informal, monetary and non-monetary. By acknowledging employee efforts and making them feel valued and appreciated, organizations can increase employee satisfaction, morale, and self-esteem. Additionally, the organization itself may benefit from greater employee engagement and productivity, lower turnover and the ability to attract and retain top quality employees.

Ways of recognizing employee contributions include:

  • Fair monetary compensation
  • Competitive benefits packages
  • Acknowledgement of contributions and milestones
  • Performance-based bonuses and pay increases
  • Employee awards
  • Recognition ceremonies

Example:

Organization: Otsuka’s Furniture & Appliances

Program: Rewards and Reinforcement

Results:

  • Employee well-being
  • Organizational performance
  • Morale
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Satisfaction
  • Productivity
  • Motivation
  • Increased sales

Click here to read more about Otsuka’s Furniture & Appliances, a 2003 state-level award winner from Hawaii and one of APA’s 2004 Best Practices Honorees.

"The most gratifying aspect of this award is the validation by outside experts who visit your workplace and conclude that routine practices are conducive to a psychologically positive environment. There is an enormous satisfaction in being told you are doing a lot of things right!"

Beth Taylerson
Human Resource Director
The Herald, Rock Hill, SC