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RPI Best Practice Award Applications
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Showcase Your Employee Recognition Program &
Get Recognized as One of the Best!

NEW Application & Process This Year!

Best Practice Standards® Award Application Deadline has passed.

Why Apply?

  • Recognition—All winners will be recognized at the 2020 RPI Conference, in our enews, in press releases and our website. 
    • Winners will receive a digital badge for use on their website/email signature for quick instant recognition that your company has achieved an Industry Standard award for their recognition program.
  • Awareness & Engagement—Being named a Best Practice Winner will elevate your company's employer brand and improve recruiting.
  • Achieve the Industry Standard in Recognition—RPI is the foremost authority on effective and measurable recognition strategies and sets the best practice standard.
  • Receive feedback—from industry experts on how your program can be even better.

In a competitive and disruptive job market, organizations can gain the competitive edge in talent recruitment and retention leading with a recognition strategy that drives employee engagement and performance.

According to AON’s 2018 Trends in Global Engagement study, 70% of highly engaged employees spoke positively about the organization, 61% were likely to remain at the current employer, and 64% were willing to give extra effort.

For over 20 years, Recognition Professionals International has been the independent authority and voice in driving employee engagement through a recognition strategy based on research, practice and standards.


Apply to have your program recognized in two ways:

  • Select and submit one or more standard and be eligible to win a Best Practice Standard Award
  • Submit all 7 standards and be eligible to win the 2020 Overall Best Practices Award

$50 per Standard for members
$75 per standard for nonmembers
(pay for each separately)

Save and submit all 7 Standards for the price of 6 Standards
$300 for members/$450 for nonmembers

Join the Ranks of Cleveland Clinic, MIT, Southwest Airlines & Other Exemplary Organizations who are Driving Employee Engagement through Recognition

Submit an Award Nomination

Standard 1: Recognition Strategy

Details and description

A written recognition strategy that articulates the philosophy and objectives for all recognition practices, including day-to-day, informal, and formal recognition programs.

Application Details:

  1. Describe and provide examples of how the organization provides a three-dimensional approach to recognition and how they align with your overall Recognition Strategy through the following: (Limit your response to 1000 words)
    • Day-to-day Recognition, including how you document and identify behaviors
    • Informal Recognition
    • Formal Recognition, how do you track nominations, selection criteria, and notify recipients

Standard 2: Management Responsibility

Details and description

Senior leaders and management actively endorse and are held accountable for planning, supporting, reviewing and actively participating in the recognition programs.

Application Details:

  1. Describe how senior management has helped define the organization’s recognition strategy and policies, allocated adequate resources to managers and maintain the recognition programs. (Limit response to 1000 words.)

Standard 3: Recognition Program Measurement

Details and description

The organization evaluates the effectiveness of its formal and informal programs using measures that are statistically reliable and valid and substantive in nature.

Application Details:

  1. Describe how your recognition program results are linked to recognition strategy and program objectives and then measured for effectiveness. The measures should be statistically valid and substantive in nature. (Examples could be nominations per communications dollar, level of participation in programs, productivity increase per recognition dollar, and employee feedback through surveys, etc.) Be sure to include at least one year of data. (Limit response to 1000 words.)

Standard 4: Communication Plan

Details and description

The organization establishes and maintains a strategic communication plan that communicates all aspects of the recognition strategy, including program objectives, recognition processes, events, celebrations, tools, and a contact person for program information.

Application Details:

  1. Describe the organizations overall strategic recognition communication plan, its goals and programs. Include specific information about branding, methods, frequency and content of communications.
  2. Describe any tools or media used to communicate the recognition program (examples include internet and intranet, presentation or trainings, bulletin boards, posters, video, CD, e-mail, literature, telephony, etc.) (Limit your response to 1000 words.)

Standard 5: Recognition Training

Details and description

Training is essential in creating a culture of appreciation; all employees, especially managers and executives, need to understand the importance of meaningful recognition and how to give it.

Application Details:

  1. Describe the organization's overall recognition training strategy for managers and employees and its role in the organization's recognition strategy. Describe how the organization has committed resources to the training. Include examples of training curriculum, literature, materials, videos, etc.
  2. Give examples on how the recognition training has met its objectives, how it has been effective, and the results achieved. (Limit your response to 1000 words)

Standard 6: Recognition Events and Celebrations

Details and description

The organization demonstrates how celebrations and award ceremonies are effectively used to recognize its employees.

Application Details:

  1. Describe the process for celebration, event planning, and/or award ceremonies to recognize employees.
  2. Describe how the events demonstrate creativity, management involvement, and include any event documentation including photos, newsletter stories, etc. (Limit response to 1000 words.)

Standard 7: Program Change and Flexibility  

Details and description

The organization encourages flexibility in its recognition program. As changes arise, the organization demonstrates its ability to adjust to changing goals and objectives and the diverse recognition needs of its employees through feedback and employee survey programs.

Application Details:

  1. Describe the regular process to review and evaluate recognition program elements and change them as needed to promote the organization's goals and values.
  2. Describe how the organization has adjusted recognition to meet the diverse needs of individuals and teams. Please describe the process, any significant changes that have been made, the reasons for the changes, and how the changes have affected the programs.  (Limit your response to 1000 words.)

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