What is Instant Award Employee Recognition?

Annual Performance Reviews & Employee Recognition

Performance reviews today have become the most dreaded topic of conversation among Human Resources professionals. It's a topic that leaves HR professionals feeling guilty and frustrated knowing that the annual performance review no longer works for our instant gratification society. They are antiquated and lack the instant encouragement needed by today's workforce.

The protocol now is Instant Award Recognition. When executed properly, Instant Award Recognition is linked to employee retention, employee engagement, and better overall work performance! This, in turn, benefits the organization as a whole.

On-the-Spot Generation for Employee Recognitionon the spot employee recognition

Today's workforce finds little value in receiving praise for something they did 8 months ago. Generation X and Y require recognition as soon they achieve a goal or excel at a given task. Previous generations have also acclimated to the Instant Award Recognition experience, and appreciate the environment of appreciation that it facilitates.  

Regardless of your employee base, it is imperative to establish a process for on the spot recognition. Having an Instant Award Recognition Program in place makes instant recognition a breeze! You can easily hand out Instant Award Cards when employees achieve goals or go above and beyond their required duties.

A Good 'Ole Pat On the Back 

Do remember that employee recognition does not have to be tied to a tangible reward. A pat on the back is the least costly way for an organization to acknowledge their employees for their accomplishments and goes very far in communicating approval. It is not always what you give. Rather, it is how quickly you communicate your gratitude.

You can use many avenues to communicate recognition. Some of the most commonly used are the company Intranet, eCards, and company newsletters. It's essential to find a solution that most uniquely meets employee needs.

The most important factor, however, is not how you do it, but rather that you are doing it! 

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Instant Award Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies

Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

About the Author
Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

Mr. Ross, a certified public accountant, joined the C.A. Short Company as its controller in June 1993 and was named Chief Financial Officer in November 1996. From there, Jeff was promoted to President and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2017, was appointed CEO. Before joining C.A. Short Company, Ross was employed as an accountant by Hausser + Taylor, a large public accounting and consulting firm. Jeff presently serves on the Board of Directors of 2XSalt Ministries, Charlotte, NC and is a member of North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Ross graduated from The Ohio State University with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1989.

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