Many places of employment have some form of employee recognition or another, though scope and scale may vary. Regardless of certain specifics, quality is better than quantity, and not having it may be better than handling it poorly. Ideally, every company should have something in place, but done well, so that it fosters continued innovation and good work ethics.

“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 people create for your business.”

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How you choose to reward employees is up to you, but here are a few tips for handling an employee recognition program better.

1. Everyone must be eligible for recognition

2. Everyone must be eligible to recognize—don’t allow a perception of managers ‘playing favorites’

3. Recognition must be for specific behavior/actions—no participation awards!

4. Recognize with expedience

5. Recognize with purpose to instill value—that means meaningful behavior is recognized so that employees feel value in the program and their efforts

Outsell has recently began its Outsell Transformers program, based around our Values (which can be found here) and our Core Competencies. Any employee can nominate any other employee for exemplifying one or more of the company Values or Competencies, and is then recognized on our blog, company email, social media, and at Outsell all associate functions. We’re still working on the best ways to reward employees even further, and are excited to showcase the talents and behaviors that move us forward day by day.

To read about the most recent Outsell Transformers, check out the Culture Blog!

Learn more tips for successful employee recognition here.