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What is Recognition?

The term recognition is defined many different ways. Some define recognition as receiving a reward or celebrating a success at work. Other organizations define recognition as earning an incentive for reaching a goal. All of these terms are related to recognition in some way. However, they do not completely define recognition.

According to Recognition Professionals International (RPI), recognition is:

An after-the-fact display of appreciation or acknowledgment of an individual or team's desired behavior, effort, or business result that supports the organization's goals and values.

Recognition is more than simply throwing a party, giving an employee a gift, or saying thank you. It is an acknowledgment that intentionally links employee behavior to corporate goals!

Why Do Companies Use Recognition?

Recognition programs are used most often to create a positive environment and to motivate high performance. Companies also report using recognition to:

  • Create a positive environment (80.7%)
  • Motivate high performance (75.2%)
  • Reinforce desired behaviors (69.5%)
  • Increase morale (65.3%)
  • Support mission and values (61.6%)
  • Increase retention (49.4%)
  • Encourage loyalty (38.1%)
  • Support culture change (23.1%)

Contact a representative to learn more about how recognition can create a positive working environment and motivate employees.


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