What works in corporate recognition

by on May 8, 2009 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: HR Info Center

‘Extra-mile,’ safety programs aid retention are successes in corporate recognition

One of the main ideas behind corporate recognition programs is that they help you keep good employees. But a new survey suggests that many recognition programs fail to have the effect on retention employers would like. The survey of 554 organizations, done by nonprofit association World at Work, found that some tried-and-true types of corporate recognition tend to have only a moderate or low impact on retention.


For example, the survey showed that:

  • Recognition for a major event in employees’ family lives – like marriage or childbirth – made a high impact in just 13% of organizations, compared with a moderate impact in 41% and low or no impact in 45%.
  • Employee-of-the-month (or quarter, or year) programs did even worse, having high impact in 13% of organizations, moderate impact in 40% and low or no impact in 47%. However, not every form of recognition was a retention bust.

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