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How to Reward Consistently

Posted By Ava Ewald, Thursday, March 19, 2020
RPI developed its 7 Best Practice Standards® based on academic research, academic knowledge and years of experience in the field. These standards will help you develop and refine your recognition program. Standard 1 is recognition strategy and standard 2 is management responsibility. These standards are very important when developing your program. Read below to find out how you can make rewarding employees a consistent habit.


In Harvard Business Review’s podcast, IdeaCast, Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, explained the importance of habits in the workplace. “About 40% to 45% of what we do every day sort of feels like a decision, but it’s actually habit,” he said.


So how can we harness the power of habits to help reward employees? Here are a few thoughts:


Understand how a habit is formed

Duhigg explains that there are three parts to a habit. First, the cue that initiates the action, then a routine and finally a reward for the action. In the context of rewarding employees, for example, this might be wanting to start or improve your recognition program, rewarding an employee every week, and then seeing your employee(s) become more engaged with their work.


Make a plan

It is far easier to achieve something if you have an end-goal in mind. Think through what changes you would like to see as a result of rewards in your organization. This will help you develop a plan. The Hartford encourages tying company goals into this plan so that you can reward behavior you would like to continue to see in the organization.



Incentive Magazine explains that you need to be consistent in order to measure progress. Measurement is part of every step in RPI’s 7 Best Practice Standards to ensure that the process can be refined to be even more successful.



·         Get employees involved in rewarding their peers. This takes some of the heavy lifting off of you and it can add more passion into the program.

·         Make rewards personal. Involve family or friends if you can and/or keep track of your employees’ likes and dislikes so you can reward them with something they will truly appreciate.


Become a Certified Recognition Professional! Learn more here.


To learn more about RPI’s 7 Best Practice Standards, click here.


Register for RPI’s Annual Conference here.



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