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RPI’s Recognition Best Practices: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Recognition

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hit all seven of these principles and you’ll have a top notch recognition program

In 1990, Stephen Covey published his bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Since its publication, it has become the benchmark for how to achieve personal success and enhance performance in both in business and everyday life. Everywhere you look, you will find highly effective and successful people who trace their achievements to the principles of Covey’s book.

RPI’s 7 Best Practices for recognition serve pretty much the same purpose for organizations and business professionals who want to achieve the best in employee recognition and engagement. Following the premises set out in RPI’s best practices can help propel a recognition culture in your organization that can have long lasting effects on company culture, improving morale, boosting productivity, driving engagement, increasing retention of high performing employees – all of which translates into ROI to increase your bottom line.

So, why seven – can’t I just get away with doing two or three of the seven recognition best practices? Well, let’s take Covey’s habits again as an example. As you may know, they are: Be Proactive, Begin With the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand – Then to be Understood, Synergize, Sharpen the Saw.

Obviously, if you just read the first of the seven, Be Proactive, and put that habit to work in your life or business and then put the book down, you will certainly achieve some success. But as you work through the next habit and then the next, you will find that each one builds on the other and brings you even greater success.

RPI’s Best Practice Standards are the building blocks to recognition success

The same is true with RPI’s 7 Best Practices. Individually, they are important but taken as a whole they are transformative

If you implement Best Practice No. 1 – Recognition Strategy – that’s a great start. Using Day-to-Day, Informal and Formal recognition will set you on the road to a great recognition program. If you add Best Practice No. 2 – Management Responsibility – you will certainly travel farther on that road. But adding the remaining five will help create a recognition program that will produce greater success for your company for years to come.

RPI’s RPI Best Practice Standards are based on knowledge gained from academic literature, professional conferences and shared experiences in developing successful recognition programs. These standards have been amended periodically to reflect the lessons learned from previous program cycles, including suggestions from RPI Best Practice Standards judges and award recipients. They are designed to be useful for the creation and evaluation of recognition programs in the public and private sectors, large and small organizations, and organizations with single or multiple locations or functions.

Here are the seven RPI Best Practice Standards®:

Standard 1: Recognition Strategy
Standard 2: Management Responsibility
Standard 3: Recognition Program Measurement
Standard 4: Communication Plan
Standard 5: Recognition Training
Standard 6: Recognition Events and Celebrations
Standard 7: Program Change and Flexibility

Click here for more information on the seven RPI Best Practice Standards.

RPI is a great source of information about how to create a culture of engagement in your company. RPI offers a forum for learning more about the effectiveness of recognition and steps you can take to get started. As a member you have access to the best and brightest in the world of employee recognition and engagement, as well as the opportunity to become an expert yourself through the Certified Recognition Professional (CRP) certification.

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