Righting rewards: Modernizing recognition (Web sight)

By A. Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/10/2003

Traditional peer recognition programs are grounded largely in the 1950s’ motivational theories that hold little relevance to the workplaces of today, where technologies, demographics, demands and career expectations are significantly different.

One difficulty arises when the rewards become more important than the pride and learning that should flow from a job well done or a behaviour changed.

In fact, designing peer recognition programs that are appropriate to today’s workforce remains an untapped opportunity for HR professionals to understand and influence behaviour. The following sites provide some examples and insights from peer recognition programs to help determine if, when and how to design and introduce a peer recognition appropriate for your organization.