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The Importance of workplace recognition and awards in your business

April 29th, 2016

Developing and maintaining a regular system for workplace awards is an excellent way to contribute to a positive culture in your work environment.

The fact is, every workplace is a complicated ecosystem. There are a lot of moving parts, and sometimes people can feel underappreciated if their hard work slips through unnoticed.

The need for recognition, achievement and respect is an innate human need and directly contributes to an individual’s self esteem. When people are happy, they tend to be more effective. When people are more effective in your business, the business performance tends to improve, and that makes everyone’s life easier.



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When using workplace awards as a motivational tool within your business, you want to make sure you are sending a powerful message. This means acknowledging the achievements of employees in a manner that is timely, specific and public.

Stay up to date with employee achievements

Encourage a self reporting system for employees or better yet, create your own system that managers can use to track the wins and successes of your employees to show you really care. You could try creating an online reporting system to catch all the great stuff your team is doing.

  • Create a Google sheet for each employee in the team
  • Share it with them privately and ask them to list their greatest  achievement for the month
  • Ask the team manager to spend 10 minutes at the end of the month reviewing and determining the most deserving

Let your employees throw their own party

Throw it back to your employees to decide how they want to be rewarded. Ask employees to actively contribute toward the recognition and scheme process. You might be surprised at the difference between your ideas of recognition and theirs.

The important thing to remember is that this is a celebration of employee achievements, and the focus is purely on them. Be liberal with your congratulations, and make sure it is a sincere gesture that will be remembered.

Don’t wait to be told

Make an effort to pick up on your employees hard work in an informal sense as well. Whilst a formal recognised company award system is great, sometimes a thoughtful ‘pat on the back’ style of recognition can be just as powerful. It might seem like small change to you, but a personalised thank you can mean a lot to an employee. Be creative, be open and do it regularly.

The important thing to remember about planning workplace awards is to remain genuine and consistent. Your employees are the driving force behind your business achievements, and a little bit of effort on your part can go a long way.