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What are the benefits of Recognition?

    What do we mean by employee recognition, and why does it matter? Why is additional recognition for employees necessary when they’re already being paid well for turning up to work? Isn’t that enough?

    Employee recognition is open acknowledgment and expressed appreciation for an employee’s contributions to their organisation, and it provides a number of business, social, and wellbeing advantages to teams and organisations as a whole.

    Employees need to feel appreciated, respected, and acknowledged. Employees also need to feel that they belong to a team where it’s acceptable to offer feedback, make mistakes and share opinions. When employees are rewarded through recognition, organisations reinforce creative and innovative behaviour and a culture of high-performance.

    What are the benefits of recognition?

    There are a number of benefits that stem from recognizing people in the workplace:

    1. Increases morale and motivation – Employees are more likely to put in more effort into their work if they are recognized more often.
    2. Enhances productivity – When you increase morale, productivity, performance, and work quality also increase, ultimately affecting your bottom line.
    3. Retains top performers – It’s important for individuals to know that their work is being noticed and they feel they are contributing. If they don’t feel appreciated, they won’t continue to put in the same level of effort day after day.
    4. Drives engagement – Recognition also helps drive employee engagement by providing a sense of value and accomplishment.

    What should be recognised?

    Before implementing an employee recognition program, it’s important to be clear about what behaviours or actions will be rewarded. Whether you’re starting a new employee recognition program or updating an existing policy, the following questions need to be answered:

  • What types of behaviours will be rewarded? Your business objectives need to be referenced and you need to decide which behaviours will be encouraged and recognised. Always remember that effective recognition is tied to organisational values.
  • How should the desired behaviour be rewarded? It’s important to know the individual and reward behaviour accordingly – everyone prefers certain languages of appreciation over others. Some employees will prefer public praise, while others will prefer individual one on one praise.
  • How often should recognition occur? Effective praise is frequent, so it’s important to regularly recognize your team members. Giving recognition on the spot is good practice and reiterating that praise during team meetings, amplifies the effects of recognition.
  • Who should recognition come from? Recognition is traditionally given top-down by managers, however peer-to-peer and 360-degree recognition can be even more effective.
  • Every organisation can benefit from implementing or improving their existing recognition practices. Whether you’re implementing a new recognition program or refining an existing one, effective recognition can be an extremely powerful positive tool.

    Want to learn more about employee appreciation and the value it can bring to your team? HBA Consulting specialises in professional advice and assistance on Human Resource Management, Organisational Design and Industrial Relations matters. Contact us today if you need assistance with drafting and implementing a successful Reward and Recognition program.


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