Workplace Recognition and Incentive Programs

First, You Need a Foundation

Posted on October 26, 2009 by Carl Bonura in Uncategorized

An employee engagement program will not go far without first establishing the management infrastructure required to support its objectives. This means integrating your objectives into the overall business strategy, with clear vision, goals and metrics. It means having strong executive sponsorship and a collaborative structure for decision making and resource allocation. It requires a rewards and recognition program to support and reinforce objective behaviors. You will also need to put in place a project management structure to execute your strategy, and allow your initiatives to scale throughout the business. With such an infrastructure in place, you will be able to develop a strategy that fully engages employees, while fully realizing the benefits of their contributions.


  • Inspire/energize employees to commit to the strategy; show its benefits and the importance of their contributions.
  • Solicit and address questions and concerns.
  • Reward behaviors needed to support your objectives.
  • Celebrate accomplishments.

The Bottom Line

Without fully engaging employees in your initiatives, you lose one of your most dynamic and powerful tools to build a culture of commitment, and potentially a competitive edge.