History of the RPI Best Practice Standards® Program
In 1998, the Best Practice Development Team laid the groundwork for the RPI Best Practice Standards® program. The Development Team interviewed dozens of employee recognition practitioners, consulted extensively with the American Productivity Center, and reviewed literature, articles and conference materials on employee recognition. During the research process, team members identified the elements of successful recognition programs. Based on their research and their own experiences in the development of recognition programs, the team developed a basic outline for the program and RPI Best Practice Standards®. The Team modeled the program after Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine’s 100 Most Family Friendly Companies, and to a degree, the Baldridge Award for methodology.
In May 2001, RPI (formerly NAER) officially kicked off the RPI Best Practice Standards® at its national conference in Scottsdale, Arizona and invited nominations for the first RPI Best Practice Standards® Awards. Two award recipients were announced at RPI’s annual conference in Arlington Heights, Illinois, June 2002. CalPers, California Public Employees’ Retirement System was presented with the Best Overall Recognition Program Award. TELUS, a leading communications company in Canada, received three Best in Class awards for its recognition practices.