Employee Awards


What kind of employee award program should you initiate? Some awards, such as Employee of the Month, can actually be destructive because they can lead to jealousy or competition. A good employee award program has the following characteristics:
  • Specific  It is clear to the recipient and other members of the department which achievements led to the award.
  • Objective  Criteria for the award are clearly defined and measurable.
  • Timely  The recipient is honored shortly after making certain achievements, not months after the fact.
  • Public  The recipient is given positive reinforcement publicly, and in a manner which is acknowledged by management.
  • Fair  Submissions of candidates can be made by all staff, not just management.
  • Open  All employees in the department are eligible for the award.


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