Ring a bell and employees will deliver

Five steps to follow to successfully tie recognition to corporate goals
By Natalie Michael
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/04/2006

The science behind recognition programs harkens back to Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov’s dogs. When an employee is rewarded for a desired behaviour, he is more likely to repeat that behaviour in the future, even when there’s no reward. By rewarding employees for behaviour or outcomes that are tied to corporate goals, a company can increase its chances for success.

When done properly, a recognition program tied to corporate goals sends a message about what’s important and what the organization values. When developing such a program, it’s important to take the business and employee needs into consideration to make it effective and long lasting. There are five key steps to developing a recognition program that aligns with the corporate goals.

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