Recognition doesn’t have to be expensive

How to acknowledge people without turning them off
By Jody Urquhart
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2007

In small- and medium-sized organizations, acknowledgement is extremely important and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Everybody likes to be appreciated for their efforts, but only if they are rewarded and acknowledged in a way that is genuine. One way to get there is to solicit the opinion of employees and give them a say in how their efforts are saluted.

Most companies have a formal way of acknowledging employees with annual award banquets, top sales awards and certificates. But if the award program doesn’t invite a thunderous reception, it may be because it is too generic.

Common pitfalls in award programs