Employee recognition is not just a nice thing to do for people. Employee recognition is a communication tool that reinforces and rewards the most important outcomes that people create for your business.
When you recognize people effectively, you reinforce, with your chosen means of recognition, the actions and behaviors you most want to see people repeat. Your recognition reinforces the employee's understanding of how you would like to see him or her contributing in the workplace.
Since the majority of employees want you to see them as effective contributors, because it reinforces their positive image of themselves and their self-worth, your positive recognition is meaningful and supportive. An effective employee recognition system is simple, immediate, and powerfully reinforcing.
When you consider employee recognition processes, you need to develop employee recognition that is equally powerful for both the organization and the employee. You must address five important issues if you want your employees to view the recognition you offer as motivating and rewarding and important for the success of your organization.