Appreciation and recognition at work

Numerous company recognition programs exist to reward and to thank employees for the work they have accomplished. These programs are different ways to say, “Thank you!” and answer our basic human need to be recognized (Maslow, 1943).

Yet, beyond traditional reward and recognition programs, recognition is more and more sought and expected through spontaneous and authentic acknowledgements, expressions of a “culture of recognition,” a working environment where…

  • one’s ideas and contributions are valued and encouraged, and
  • where such attitudes and values are demonstrated and promoted by leadership.