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.

"Winning this award has validated the hard work all our staff put into their work every day. In an industry that has high staff burnout and turnover and is usually in the press for failing, Green Chimneys strives to change that paradigm. We celebrate our successes and learn from our failures."

Joseph A. Whalen
Executive Director
Green Chimneys