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Greg Boswell Manager,
Performance Recognition
O.C. Tanner Recognition Company
Phone: (801) 493-3381

Jeffrey J. Kros
Government and Media Relations
Phone: 877-951-9191 (toll free)
Direct: 480-922-2027

April 26, 2006


SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – A September 2003 survey, conducted by WorldatWork and the National Association for Employee Recognition (NAER), shows employee recognition continues to be important to organizations and they are making it an integral part of their business and people strategy.

An overwhelming 87% of companies use recognition programs as part of their human resources strategy and four out of ten are doing more with recognition than they were a year ago. Of those companies with a recognition program, 65% have a written strategy and 97% of those feel it links directly to their overall goals as an organization.

The most common objectives for having recognition programs include:

· 80% - create a positive work environment

· 76% - create a culture of recognition

· 75% - motivate high performance

· 75% - reinforce desired behaviors

· 71% - increase morale

· 66% - support organizational mission/values, and

· 51% - increase retention/decrease turnover

Two-thirds of companies measure the success of their recognition programs. The most common metrics are employee satisfaction surveys (67%) and the number of nominations (50%).

“This survey clearly demonstrates that companies are thinking more strategically than ever about recognition and the positive impact it has not only on employees but also the overall success of the organization” said Greg Boswell, Manager of Performance Recognition at O.C. Tanner Recognition Company and Past President/current Board member of NAER.

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About WorldatWork®

WorldatWork is the world's leading not-for-profit professional association dedicated to knowledge leadership in compensation, benefits and total rewards. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork focuses on disciplines associated with attracting, retaining and motivating employees. In addition to providing professional affiliation, WorldatWork offers highly acclaimed certification (CCP®, CBPTM and GRP®) and education programs, the monthly workspan® magazine, online information resources, surveys, publications, conferences, research and networking opportunities.

About the National Association for Employee Recognition (NAER)

The mission of NAER is to make employee recognition an integral part of every organizations business and people strategy. The association, based in Naperville, Ill., provides a forum for information and best practices sharing as well as education to foster the use, excitement, effectiveness and enthusiasm of recognition.

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