Trends in Employee Recognition: Culture-Oriented/Results-Driven

May 14, 2015 Derek Irvine

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! -- Results-driven recognition programs that focus on deeply embedding recognition into the company culture have the greatest impact on employee engagement, motivation, satisfaction and retention.

WorldatWork released their latest "Trends in Employee Recognition" report this week. I shared key trends and insights on the report on Compensation Cafe today.

To summarize, top trends highlighted are:

1) Prevalence of recognition programs in organizations continues to grow with emphasis on those that drive results.

While length of service awards continues to be the most prevalent of program types, those that have real results-driven impact continue to grow in popularity, especially programs celebrating above-and-beyond performance, motivating specific behaviors, and encouraging peer recognition.

2) Top goals for recognition continue to align with types of programs offered.

Motivating high performance, reinforcing desired behaviors, and creating  positive work environments through a culture of recognition continue to top the goals list for employee recognition programs.

3) Results-driven programs gain in importance in organizations overall, with an emphasis on increasing employee engagement, motivation, satisfaction and retention.

4) Creating at true culture of recognition and appreciation is a driving factor for increases in employee engagement and motivation.

“Through further analysis it was found that organizations with a strategic and/or embedded culture of recognition indicate that their employees have higher engagement, motivation and satisfaction. Additionally, organizations leveraging result-driven recognition programs, in particular, may be experiencing greater overall success.”

As I said in Compensation Cafe, Good planning matters. Employee recognition is not a nice-to-have soft-skill. When done strategically to reinforce desired behaviors and drive organizational strategic objectives, recognition can have a significant impact on the factors most closely related to increased employee performance, productivity and customer service.

That requires detailed planning up front and continual evaluation as organizational needs change for two critical factors:

  1. your primary goals and ambitions for the program
  2. the metrics you will use to measure success against those factors.

What trends for recognition are you seeing in your organization?

 

About the Author

Derek Irvine

Derek is senior vice president, client strategy and consulting, at Workhuman.

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