Givers of recognition see healthy ROI

Employers should focus on more than just the recipients of rewards to see gains in employees’ motivation, support, understanding, teamwork and pride
By Jordan Rogers
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/06/2017

While study after study has confirmed employee recognition’s profound impact on key business metrics such as culture, turnover, engagement and a host of other business-related metrics, most studies have focused exclusively on the impact recognition has on the person receiving it. But what about the person giving the recognition?

It turns out those employees who are more inclined to give recognition see increases in: motivation to contribute, support of company values, understanding of how teams contribute to organizational success, likelihood to recommend the organization, pride in the organization, willingness to go above and beyond, and desire to be working at the same organization in one year.

That’s according to a global study by the O.C. Tanner Institute that found employees who “always” give recognition see a 26 per cent increase in engagement scores, a 22 per cent increase in actual work results and a 33 per cent increase in innovation, compared to those who “never/rarely” give recognition.