Valérie Fernandez

By Valérie Fernandez

February 26, 2017


Employee Recognition: It Goes Beyond a Simple Thank You!

Article revised on 8 November 2018

For management experts, it’s a no-brainer: Employee recognition is worth its weight in gold! When you show individual employees how their efforts, behaviours and accomplishments contribute to the organization’s advancement and support its values, they are…

  • Gratified that their abilities are valued, and their self-esteem blossoms
  • More likely to have a feeling of well-being at work
  • More productive and motivated
  • Likely to do more than what is expected of them
  • More loyal and more likely to stay with the company.1,2

Recognition may have obvious benefits, but there is no one-size-fits all model or set formula that will make everyone feel suitably appreciated. Employees each have their own preferences for how they would like to be recognized. Ideally, the employer should devote some thought to what the person being recognized would appreciate. On a broader scale, there are four forms of acknowledgement – each as important as the others – which should be integrated into an organization’s corporate culture.It is generally more impactful and effective if all forms of acknowledgement are used. Employees will feel more appreciated if they receive day-to-day recognition.

The four forms of acknowledgement are as follows:

 1. Existential or personal recognition

Recognizing employees as individuals, each with their own identity and unique set of talents: This type of recognition is manifested in day-to-day conversations and interpersonal contacts, giving employees the right to speak and voice their opinions.

  • Consult with employees, ask what’s new with them, allow adjustments to their work schedule, provide access to training programs…

2. Work practices recognition

Recognizing the way that employees perform their job-related tasks and fulfil their responsibilities, considering their professional skills, qualifications and behaviours.

  • Salute professionalism, mention an employee’s accomplishments to senior management, praise employees for their innovation, and comment to peers about the quality of an employee’s work…

3. Recognition of job dedication

Recognizing the quality and the importance of an employee’s efforts and the energy expended to contribute to the organization’s success, regardless of the results obtained.

  • Thank employees for their involvement, have a round of applause during a meeting to salute the team’s efforts, write a personal note to thank or recognize the perseverance of an employee or group of employees in carrying out their duties in a particular situation…

4. Recognition of results

Recognizing the value of the tasks carried out by an individual or a group by highlighting the effectiveness, usefulness and quality of the tasks completed. Since this form of recognition depends on the results, it cannot be given until a task has been completed effectively.

  • Meet with individual employees to discuss their accomplishments, publicly recognize a particular achievement, peers spontaneously congratulate an employee on the successful completion of a project, write a personal note acknowledging the efforts expended to achieve a particular goal…

The VIVA form of recognition

Like one of our VIVA Workplace Health and Wellness Program clients, you might want to display an employee recognition tree on which employees can stick messages of recognition. It’s a simple and original way to integrate recognition into your corporate culture. Do you like that idea? It’s just one of the activities that the VIVA workplace health and wellness program can organize and run in your organization.



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