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.

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The Honorable Alexis M. Herman
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor