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The Evolution of Recognition: And 3 Truths that Will Never Change

GENERIC TROPHIES AND MEDALS

Recognition used to be one-size-fits-all: regardless of the accomplishment, years of service, or company, every employee would get the exact same token of gratitude.

PERSONALIZED, SYMBOLIC MEMENTOS

Now, companies can gift personalized symbols of appreciation catered to their employees’ accomplishments and tailored to their company mission and values.

RECOGNITION WAS FOR BIG WINS ONLY

If you brought down the house with an enormous win, you got formally recognized. Otherwise, your day-to-day e orts went by without appreciation or thanks.

RECOGNITION FOR DAILY SUCCESSES

Not only are great accomplishments rewarded, but employees can also send a quick eCard or write a note to thank a teammate for making a difference every day.

RECOGNITION WAS TOP-DOWN

Managers were expected to recognize team members, but peers weren’t empowered to thank one another, and resources for interdepartmental thanks were scarce.

RECOGNITION GIVEN BY PEERS, TEAMS, AND LEADERS

Today, intuitive tools empower peer-to-peer and manager-to-employee (and vice-versa) recognition across organizations, encouraging everyone to appreciate one another’s great work.

RECOGNITION WAS CONFINED TO TEAMS

In the pre-internet days, employees used to be limited to delivering recognition to immediate team members through in-person presentations.

RECOGNIZE ACROSS BORDERS

Today’s teams may have members who live across the country or around the globe—so recognition has evolved to include virtual appreciation solutions for every occasion.

RECOGNITION WAS A PERK

It used to be that recognition was a nice perk used as
a selling point during recruitment and onboarding of new employees.

RECOGNITION IS A BEST PRACTICE MUST-HAVE

When asked what an employer or boss could do to motivate them to create great work, employees’ #1 answer was: “Recognize me.”

3 RECOGNITION TRUTHS THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE:

1. The best way to make recognition resonate is to make it timely, personal, and specific.

2. Presentation counts: Match the kudos to the occasion and present it well to convey your appreciation.

3. Across borders and generations, research shows appreciation is the #1 motivator that leads to great work.

Visit octanner.com to discover the latest recognition insights and best practices, and inspire great work in your organization today.

O.C. Tanner, number 40 on the 2015 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, helps organizations create great work environments by inspiring and appreciating great work. Thousands of clients globally use the company’s cloud-based technology, tools, awards, and education services to engage talent, increase performance, drive goals, and create experiences that fuel the human spirit.

 

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