Day-to-Day Employee Recognition: Creating a Foundation

Positive Reinforcement for Day-to-Day Recognition


As I enter my 14th year of coaching high school cross country, I am reminded how imperative it is to provide positive reinforcement to my athletes on a daily basis. If I don't regularly encourage them, how else would I motivate a sixteen-year-old to go out for an “easy” nine-mile run? Recognizing my athletes once a season or once every four seasons would be unthinkable! They would quickly lose focus and eventually switch to another sport where they feel their efforts are noticed and appreciated by the coaching staff.

So, why is it that so many companies have recognition strategies that only focus on recognizing employees every five years? Is work really that different from my Cross Country team? According to the Department of Labor*, they are quite similar. Lack of Appreciation in the workplace continues to be one of the top reasons for voluntary turnover. It ranks ahead of compensation and benefits!  

An Easy Fix for Employee Recognition

The good news is that there is an EASY fix!

Formal recognition, such as Years of Service Award programs, are an essential component of a healthy employee recognition strategy. However, there needs to be a healthy dose of informal and day-to-day recognition thrown into the mix as well. According to RPI, informal recognition typically focuses on individuals or teams that have achieved a goal or milestone. Informal celebrations may include low-cost mementos, Instant Award Cards, or refreshments as a way to celebrate achievements or outstanding behavior.

The Foundation of Your Employee Recognition Strategy

Day-to-day employee recognition should be the foundation of your recognition strategy. Your day-to-day recognition plan should be designed to recognize behaviors that support the organization’s core values and should be accessible to everyone. Verbal praise, eCards and peer-to-peer recognition programs are great ways to get your employee’s engaged in your organization’s recognition culture!

So whether you are at work, home or cross country practice, a little day to day recognition can go a LONG way!

* per the United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economic News Release Table 4. Quit levels and rates by industry and region, seasonally adjusted. November 22, 2013.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies

Scott Hammer, CRP

About the Author
Scott Hammer, CRP

National Account Manager
For nearly 15 years, Scott Hammer has been assisting Human Resources Executives & Safety Directors design, implement, and manage high impact employee recognition programs that help engage employees and align with organizational culture and core values. Scott graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a BS in Consumer Science, Business, & Retail Management. He is a Certified Recognition Professional, earning this accreditation from Recognition Professionals International. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, golfing, coaching High School Cross Country and spending time with his fam​ily.

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