Reporter on the Scene: What can Higher Education Teach Your Company about Recognition?
At the 2019 RPI Annual Conference, Brenda Naegel of Yale University, Iryna Leonova of the University of Calgary, and Cori Champagne of MIT presented an insightful presentation to attendees focusing on what higher education can teach us about recognition. Throughout their presentation the team highlighted how to build, promote and measure a recognition program along with how to navigate any challenges along the way.
Key Session Takeaways
By taking attendees through the “recognition lifecycle” from building a program in house, to including a diverse workforce, measuring impact and evaluating results, the presenters provided some great insights into crafting a recognition strategy that fits your company or organization. Some key points that I will be utilizing in my work are:
- A “one size fits all” strategy just will not work when it comes to recognition programs because for each program the audience varies.
- Getting your leaders on board at the beginning is crucial. Once you have your leadership bought into the program, they can cascade the recognition message.
- Measuring the success of your program is an on-going process. Maintaining clean reporting and analytics will help you communicate the value of the program and identify any potential areas for improvement.
Putting it into Practice/Aha-Moments
I really enjoyed this presentation by the team of Brenda Naegel, Iryna Leonova and Cori Champagne. I think my biggest takeaway was something all recognition professionals know, but should be reminded of from time to time, “Recognition is important to all businesses and organizations”. The key is to not utilize a recognition strategy just because it worked for someone else but make it unique and your own to meet your goals.
Reporter on the Scene
Hargrove Business Consulting