5 Keys To A Successful Employee Recognition Program

by Kylee Stone Sep 15,2022

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Employee retention is very important for every organization and an employee recognition program is the key tool to retaining employees. An employee recognition program allows employees to appreciate each other for their contributions to the organization. It improves employee engagement, reduces turnover, and boosts morale.

But most employers, even if they know the importance of employee recognition programs at the workplace, cannot get employee recognition done right. To be successful, every recognition program should follow a few simple guidelines.

Here are a few things that can help you promote a successful employee recognition program at your organization.

1. Identify The Objectives Of The Recognition Program

One of the most crucial things to keep in mind before implementing any program in your organization is to have a clear understanding of why the program is being implemented in the first place. If you implement a recognition program only because your competitors are doing it, then the program has lost its meaning already.

So, before you start an employee recognition program, identify its objectives. Make a list of end goals that you want to achieve with this program. These goals should make you and your employees realize why they are being a part of this initiative.

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2. Establish A Structure

For any big plan to work, a structure is crucial. Plan and set a budget for the program and organize the entire program to fall under this structure. The structure also requires you to set a pattern for your recognition programs.

For example, an organization awards ‘points’ for good work, and employees can later redeem their points for store merchandise.

Another organization made the recognition program a little more fun by setting up a goodie box where all the employees put a gift and get to draw a gift from the box.

In this way, establish a structure for your recognition program depending on the industry your organization belongs to.

3. Promotional Communication

A recognition program is of no use if it doesn’t encourage employee engagement. Promote the recognition program in your workplace and get an opportunity to communicate with your employees. These promotional activities also allow employees to communicate with each other and this creates a healthy workplace culture too.

Also Read: Creative Employee Recognition Ideas

4. Seek Continuous Feedback

Don’t stop by just promoting the recognition program. Encourage new ideas from your employees and ask for continuous feedback about them. Also, consider their ideas and change the program structure if a majority of them want it to be different from the way it is structured.

Also read: Employee Recognition : The Art Of Gratitude

5. Keep It Creative

Last but not the least, do not be old school. Make it creative. Do not over-stretch the budget; rewards can be non-cash too. It is the gesture that’s important!

Also read: Employee Perks Better Than Just A Pay Raise


Employee recognition plays a crucial role in the success of any business. Appreciating your employees for their work creates a positive impact on employee experience and well-being. This, in turn, improves their productivity and gives them job satisfaction. Hence, the implementation of the above-discussed tips will help you create a successful employee recognition program

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Kylee Stone

Kylee Stone supports the professional services team as a CX intern and psychology SME. She leverages her innate creativity with extensive background in psychology to support client experience and organizational functions. Kylee is completing her master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology at the University of Missouri Science and Technology emphasizing in Applied workplace psychology and Statistical Methods.

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