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Do you have a true culture of recognition in your workplace? Make sure you reward these employees...

by , 01 August 2013
Recognition makes employees feel valued and respected. It leaves them with a sense of pride and achievement. Read on to discover the four employee behaviours and contributions you must reward to promote a true culture of recognition in your workplace.

Recognition is essentially positive feedback that lets employees know they are valued and appreciated by their coworkers and the organisation. To have the greatest impact in the workplace, recognition activities should also reinforce and encourage work that advances employee, departmental and institutional goals and values, says MIT Human Resources.

Here are four employee behaviours and contributions you must reward to promote a true culture or recognition

The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says you must reward the following employee contributions:

  1. Those who contribute directly or indirectly to your business' core objectives. For example, if a zero safety incident rate is your core business objective, you must recognise it when employees achieve this.
  2. Employees who support your company's values or ideal culture. If it's important to your company to create and sustain a learning environment, coaching and sharing knowledge could be a vehicle for entrenching this culture. So recognise employees that coach team members. This way they'll continue with this behaviour and others will follow their lead.
  3. Employees who come up with suggestions or ideas for a new or innovative business venture or possibility; for example, an idea to take the company into a new market by commercialising one of the ingredients in its product as a sweetener.
  4. Individuals who make suggestions or create ideas to help with successful problem solving for example, identifying the reason for poor product quality during the same period every year as being the result of the introduction of a new component that reacts to temperature changes and interferes with manufacturing quality.

You can recognise an outstanding employee by giving her:

  • A written letter;
  • Verbal acknowledgement of achievement, in passing;
  • Public recognition at a meeting or special event;
  • A formal or informal celebration function;
  • Symbolic awards for outstanding achievements, for example, a trophy, plaque or a certificate; or
  • Benefits and prizes, for example, time off, vouchers, gifts, paid holidays or once-off cash bonuses.

Remember, these types of prizes will probably carry tax implications.

In addition, make sure the type of recognition suits the achievement. Also, use a combination of any of these six ways to get your message across.

Remember, well-managed rewards and benefits can attract, motivate and retain staff. So make sure you reward employees for their positive contributions.



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