Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Employee Recognition Programs

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Practical Application: Creating Employee Recognition Programs

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:02 Rewards & Hard Work
  • 0:24 Rewards & Consequences
  • 1:02 Rewards System Elements
  • 2:20 Types of Rewards
  • 3:00 Avoiding Bias
  • 3:44 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Speed Speed
Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Lesley King

Lesley has taught ESOL for many years, holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and a doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to create fair employee recognition programs in the workplace. You'll also learn how to avoid showing favoritism when handing out the rewards of the program.

Rewards & Hard Work

When the word 'work' comes up in conversation, it may not always be viewed as fun or exciting. Some people are lucky enough to do the work that they're passionate about, while others aren't so lucky. In each case, employees should have something to look forward to. Workplace leaders should ensure that employees are rewarded as a consequence of their hard work.

Rewards & Consequences

Consequences are what happen as a result of either a positive or negative action. Depending on the behavior of an employee, the consequence itself will also be negative or positive. Workplace leaders should be aware of how and when to apply consequences based on performance. A positive consequence of positive job behavior is a reward.

Rewards are very important because they're given as a way to positively recognize good behavior. Rewards are also a way to show that managers see the efforts of people who are dedicated to doing good work. In addition, providing rewards in the workplace can foster a healthy work relationship between leaders and those they're leading.

Rewards System Elements

When supervisors need to build a reward system, they should consider several basic concepts. Those concepts should be built from core factors for ensuring ongoing success in the job position. For example, a person must report to work each day, and they must be on time. This ensures that coworkers aren't left to do someone else's job. Because of this, attendance should be one element of the rewards system.

When designing the rewards system, leaders should also reward accuracy, which refers to the extent to which a job is done correctly over a set period of time. This can be determined based on job performance evaluations. The rewards program should also be based on productivity, or the level of progress one makes towards a goal. While some people may perform better than others, it's important to recognize those who are striving to reach goals. Leaders should utilize a rubric while evaluating employees, to ensure that each person is judged on the same scale.

Workplace leaders should also have a committee specifically for rewards. The people on the committee should decide on a system for how often rewards should be given. The committee must determine how each employee will be included, so that no one is left out. They should also decide when and how the rewards will be presented. This can avoid giving the impression that leaders are picking employees at random.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account