#Nextchat: The Value of Employee Recognition


When was the last time your employer recognized you for a job well-done?

When was the last time your supervisor said “Thank you”?       

How did it make you feel when you received the recognition?

How do you feel when you don’t?

Creating a culture of appreciation at your organization can have an enormous impact on talent management, engagement and retention.

Recognition is why your employees won’t have anxiety on Sunday afternoon at the thought of starting a new workweek, and why they will show up on Monday with a smile, and an understanding of the importance of their contributions. It's why they’ll stay at your organization.

Darcey Peterson, HR manager for Martin Foot and Ankle in York, Pa., posted a very basic question to the Society for Human Resource Management’s LinkedIn group page. She wasn’t looking for advice on setting a global talent management strategy, or for information on how to analyze HR “big data.” She simply wanted to know how other organizations celebrated employee birthdays because she understands one of the most basic needs of human nature and of employees—they want to feel appreciated. They want to know that someone cares. 

How do you reward, recognize and celebrate the employees in your organization? How do you show employees that you care?

Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on June 22 for #Nextchat with special guest from Globoforce, Lynette Silva @LynettePSilva.  We’ll chat about the value of employee recognition programs and share ideas on how to boost the recognition practices in your workplace.


Q1. Are rewards and recognition always effective retention tools? Why or why not?

Q2. What types of accomplishments or behaviors do you reward, recognize and celebrate in your organization?

Q3. Which types of rewards and recognition have you found to be most effective with employees?

Q4. What types of employee rewards or recognition are not as effective or which have you stopped using? 

Q5. Does your organization have a policy on rewards and recognition or do you let managers administer their own programs?  

Q6. Do you use any specific software or performance analytics to determine rewards and recognition for employees?

Q7. How do you utilize internal communications and social media to thank or recognize employees?

Q8. How can you make employee recognition a permanent and continuous part of your company’s culture?


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