Employees Aren't Happy With Recognition Programs

By Dennis McCafferty
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    81% of employees surveyed said their organization provides at least one form of recognition.

While most employees surveyed said their company does recognize good work, loyalty and other accomplishments, they are not happy about how their organization handles recognition and rewards, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence. Only a minority of workers think recognition is applied fairly. And most feel that their employer falls short on rewards that really matter, such as fair compensation, raises, bonuses and career advancement. Managers should pay attention to these issues because research shows that engaged employees are more committed and productive. "Today, business success depends on sustainable workplace practices and a healthy, high-performing workforce," says Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association. "Part of promoting employee well-being is demonstrating how their efforts contribute to the organization's success and recognizing them for their good work." On the encouraging side of the survey findings, most participants said these factors aren't crushing their morale, and they are generally satisfied with their job and are motivated to do their best. More than 880 workers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-10-09
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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