What is Recognition?
The term recognition is defined many different ways. Some define recognition as receiving a reward or celebrating a success at work. Other organizations define recognition as earning an incentive for reaching a goal. All of these terms are related to recognition in some way. However, they do not completely define recognition.
According to Recognition Professionals International (RPI), recognition is:
An after-the-fact display of appreciation or acknowledgment of an individual or team's desired behavior, effort, or business result that supports the organization's goals and values.
Recognition is more than simply throwing a party, giving an employee a gift, or saying thank you. It is an acknowledgment that intentionally links employee behavior to corporate goals!
Why Do Companies Use Recognition?
Recognition programs are used most often to create a positive environment and to motivate high performance. Companies also report using recognition to:
- Create a positive environment (80.7%)
- Motivate high performance (75.2%)
- Reinforce desired behaviors (69.5%)
- Increase morale (65.3%)
- Support mission and values (61.6%)
- Increase retention (49.4%)
- Encourage loyalty (38.1%)
- Support culture change (23.1%)
Contact a representative to learn more about how recognition can create a positive working environment and motivate employees.
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