A simple thank you can go a long way in boosting morale and employee engagement. But that's not the be all and end all of a good recognition program — investments such as service awards, gifts for milestone achievements, points and on-the-spot programs can pay huge dividends when it comes to employee loyalty.

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* 1. Outline your recognition strategy, stating your organization's philosophy and purpose for recognition:

* 2. Describe your plan for how recognition practices and programs reinforce and drive your business and people strategies, as well as your organization's culture:

* 3. Please list the various recognition programs you currently have under formal or informal categories:

* 4. Describe how your senior leadership, as well as managers, understand the importance of employee recognition and are committed to exemplary usage of your recognition programs:

* 5. Describe the personnel, operational structure, vendors and methods you use across the company to administer your recognition programs:

* 6. Describe the quantitative and qualitative metrics you use to prove the effectiveness of your recognition programs, beyond operational measures of participation and usage:

* 7. What percentage of annual base salary or per full-time equivalent do you spend on employee recognition programs?

* 8. Explain how you measure the ROI of your recognition programs and the business impact you achieve from programs:

* 9. How was employee perception of recognition rated on your last employee engagement survey?

* 10. Describe how you educate managers and employees on the "why" of giving recognition and train them on how to give effective and meaningful recognition with your programs:

* 11. What methods do you use to communicate and reinforce the importance of employee recognition and the use of your recognition program?

* 12. Explain the process you use to regularly improve and innovate your recognition programs, based upon employee input and program data collected:

* 13. What examples of innovative recognition practices do you feel set you apart from other organizations?

* 14. Please describe any other aspects of your program not covered in the questions above:


* 15. Organization profile: Please tell us briefly about your organization and the scope of its operations

* 16. How many employees do you have?

* 17. Please enter the name and contact information for the person submitting this information:

* 18. Check the box below to indicate that the above statements are a true representation of what is occurring at your organization, and that you are authorized to act as an agent for your organization in submitting this information to Canadian HR Reporter for judging purposes for the 2018 National HR Awards competition.

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