Employee recognition has been defined as ‘the timely, informal or formal acknowledgement of a person’s or team’s behavior, effort or business result that supports the organisation’s goals and values, and which has clearly been beyond normal expectations.’

Employees respond to appreciation expressed through recognition of their good work because it confirms their work is valued. When employees and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rises, and they are motivated to maintain or improve their good work.

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” – Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of XEROX and now its Chairman.

But did you know that entering business awards can really boost your teams’ morale and motivation too? Everyone wants that ‘pat on the back’ to make all that hard work worthwhile.
So what is a better way to recognise your employees than participating in business awards, a great way of gaining external validation and motivating teams – all in all a very rewarding experience!

One of our previous Award winners, Tim Hawley, Customer Experience Manager at Capital One has echoed this by saying that “Winning the Award has provided us with a great external marker to validate our hard work and achievements.  A mix of factors from our company vision to our employees’ wholehearted engagement has meant we can deliver a leading customer experience. Being part of the UK Customer Experience Awards 2013 has enabled us to celebrate our success across our UK business and has added to our immense pride in providing the best employee and customer experience possible.”

Have you and your team delivered business improvements and as a consequence made a positive impact on your organisation, whether it be via projects, initiatives or change programmes?
If so, why not enter the International Business Excellence Awards 2015 to recognise and motivate everyone who’s been involved!

Note: Make sure you submit your entry before the 13th January.

Do you have an opinion on the link between positive recognition and employee engagement? Feel free to get involved in the conversation or email me on mark@awardsinternational.ae .

Mark HamillMark Hamill
Managing Director
Awards International UAE
Mark has been in the UAE since 2010 after previously working for the Scottish Police Services Authority. In Dubai Mark previously held positions as the Marketing Manager of Ethos Consultancy and Product Manager of The International Customer Service Institute (TICSI). With a background in developing International Standards and Marketing, Mark was instrumental in running the UAE Customer Service Week, Stars of Service Awards and the UAE Service Olympian Awards from 2011 to 2013. He now holds the position of Managing Director in Awards International UAE, running business awards programmes such as the International Business Excellence Awards 2015.

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