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Effective Examples of Employee Recognition

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Employees will feel motivated when their efforts and achievements are recognized. At the end of the day, being appreciated for a job well done will make us eager to always give our best. 

You can recognize your employee's simple efforts such as milestones, objective success, and personal growth.

Most companies prioritize employee recognition programs to boost employee morale, productivity, and retention. It also helps establish a healthy relationship between the employer and employees. 

Aside from that, it will also have a positive impact on your company’s culture and environment. 

There are lots of benefits of implementing an employee recognition program including employee retention, boosting employee morale, and improving employee performance.

To learn more about the benefits of employee recognition programs, read our Top 8 Reasons for an Employee Recognition System article.

So, if you’re wondering how to implement an employee recognition program, you’ve come to the right place! We made a list of brilliant ideas that will help you get by. 

When Should Employees be Recognised?

All employees deserve reinforcement and recognition—especially if they have been contributing to the success of your company. Employees can be recognized for:

How an Intranet Can Help in Employee Recognition?

The company intranet is the most convenient place to recognize your employees. Implementing an employee recognition system on your intranet has many benefits such as:

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Examples of Effective Employee Recognition

Implementing an employee recognition system can be challenging, especially if you’re running out of ideas. Here are some examples of how different companies reward or recognize their employees: 

This is more of a traditional approach. You will select the top-performing employee of the month. But, when implementing this program you need to have precise criteria to prevent resentment toward other employees. Competition within the workplace is evident with this kind of program. 

The best way to recognize employees of the month is through your company’s intranet. 

2. Recognition Awards

Awards are a great way to appreciate employees who went above and beyond. Contrary to popular belief, employee awards are not only given during annual holiday celebrations. You can do it every month or during the next team huddle.

Here are some examples of awards that can help boost employee morale:

3. Anniversary Yearbooks

If you don’t want anyone to be left out, then you can try this unique approach to appreciating your employees. Every employee will experience workplace anniversaries, so everyone will get to celebrate their small wins. 

The Yorkshire Building Society came up with this unique way of recognising all their employees. If you’ve been with them for three years, you will receive a personalised yearbook that contains photos, notes, and memorabilia from your managers and colleagues to recognise all your hard work and dedication.

4. Surprise Time-off

Wouldn’t it be great if you can reward your employees with extended paid time-off? Well, that’s what Apple did to their employees! They surprised them with a 3-day extended paid holiday rather than one paid time-off during Thanksgiving. 

The best part, workers who celebrate different holidays also get an equivalent paid time-off according to their needs. 

5. Peer-to-Peer Recognition

Peer-to-peer recognition is simply giving positive feedback to each other. This type of program encourages employee engagement and builds healthy relationships within the workplace. 

This significantly increases productivity, workplace transparency, collaboration, employee engagement, and retention. 

6. Shoutouts

Shoutouts are a simple yet effective way to brighten your employee’s day. Simple words or descriptions of what they did will make your employees feel valued and appreciated for their hard work. Shoutouts can be given to groups or individuals for their noteworthy effort. 

7. Provide Gifts

These gifts don’t mean monetary rewards. A simple gift can be something that your employee might like such as books, food, or anything personal. This will make your employees feel valued and appreciated, especially if your gift is personalized according to their interests. 

8. Point System

If you’re looking for an effective and fun way to value your employees, you can try a point system. A point system allows employees to accumulate points and redeem rewards using it. What makes things more exciting is that employees can choose a reward that they really want!

Olympus is a technology company that implements a points-based reward system. A year after, they noticed an increase in the number of employees who provided recognition as well as the drastic increase in positive engagement in their workplace.

9. Treat them Lunch

“Thank you” lunches are one of the greatest ways to recognize the efforts of your employees. Just get together either virtually or in person while sharing a meal and thank your employee for a job well done. You can also organize a team lunch wherein each employee will receive a free meal.

10. Boss for a Day

Nothing is more empowering than showing your employees trust by letting them take on challenging responsibilities in their long-term career opportunities. Letting them be the “boss for a day” allows them to grow and appreciate the role that leadership plays. 

Be considerate of your employee's insights before implementing this type of recognition system. 

11. Employee Care Package

An employee care package can include an assortment of items such as food, hygiene essentials, gift certificates, snacks, hand-written notes, toys, or literally anything. All of the items in this package can be customised according to the needs and interests of the employee. 

No matter what’s inside the care package, your employee will definitely appreciate it!

How does positive reinforcement affect the workplace?

Even though workplace dynamics are more complicated than the examples we listed. Recognition programs not only boost employee morale but also gives a deeper connection and purpose in the workplace. 

Both recognition and rewards are effective reinforcers in the workplace. Most companies use both in their employee recognition programs. These reinforcers drive the behaviors and goals you want to reinforce. 

Each time you recognize an employee, a rush of good feelings automatically occurs. Rewards in the workplace can be in the form of credits or points that can be exchanged for valuable things or experiences that are satisfying. 

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Article by Maria Gabrielle

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