Workplace Recognition and Incentive Programs

What is a Culture of Appreciation?

Posted on March 14, 2010 by Carl Bonura in Uncategorized


Employee recognition is a communication medium that rewards and respects the contributions that help make the company a great place to work. By recognizing your employees/co-workers effectively, you encourage and reinforce the very actions/behaviors that create a better working environment for everyone. An effective recognition system is simple, immediate, and powerfully reinforcing.


To continue with your cultural transformation, you need to promote a culture where informal and formal recognition become a part of the management philosophy across the entire organization. We need to start respecting our co-workers by simply saying:

Why Should it be Part of Your Culture?

Never doubt that recognition is the fuel that propels organizations past their peers. This is so, because appreciation engenders a sense of camaraderie, connecting employees to each other, their department and to their company. Simple signs of appreciation have been proven to:


  • Foster job satisfaction
  • Build self-esteem
  • Increase production
  • Decrease absenteeism
  • Attract the best candidates for a job


In order to become “better”, you need to retain the talented employees you already have and attract candidates who are looking at your organization as a place of future employment. You must strive to become “better” with every step that you take on your “great place to work” journey. Recognizing your employees is a proven way to make people feel good about themselves and hence their environment. In addition, a culture of appreciation can lower barriers to collaboration and reward mutual successes.