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