Employee recognition 101

Start with basics – keep it simple, realistic – to build effective program tied to goals
By Mike Byam
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2008

It happens every day — a business leader, HR manager or supervisor schedules time out of her busy day to recognize an employee’s contribution to the organization. An award is presented to the high-flying employee and the organization takes the opportunity to highlight the attitudes and achievements it values most. When the presentation is done well, everyone in attendance walks away encouraged, riding a little higher and feeling more engaged.

But successful moments like this don’t happen by accident. They are the product of well-designed employee recognition strategies that contain a number of important features.

Four must-have elements