Recognition for a job well done is a wonderful thing and a big contributor to employee engagement.
A poorly designed recognition program can fall flat and give the initiative a bad name at your company. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid if you’re taking the positive step toward ensuring that your employees feel appreciated:
1. Just giving out “stuff.” We talk to many people who say their organization has a recognition program simply because they give out service awards on milestone anniversaries. Though that’s a nice gesture, a true recognition program does not simply reward employees for not quitting or getting fired. It should involve discretionary awards (monetary or non-monetary) that reinforce your company’s core values and business goals. Nobody puts in extra effort each day for the promise of getting a gold watch 40 years from now. Not only that, fewer and fewer employees are even staying long enough to reach those milestones.