Recognition Awards Boost Morale and Productivity


Recognition Express is launching the third annual Recognition Awards. This year's theme is long service and judges will be looking for individuals who have shown dedication and commitment to their employer for five years or more.

Recognition Express is urging businesses that an ongoing recognition strategy is critical to addressing the high rates of absenteeism, staff turnover and stress costing an estimated £12bn every year. Research has shown that individual recognition is key to cultivating a motivated and productive workplace and can do more for job satisfaction that the average pay rise.

[IMAGE:269:10:re_awards_logo.jpg:150:0:Recognition Awards Logo:right:]The Recognition Awards were developed to encourage employers and colleagues to acknowledge the loyalty and commitment demonstrated in the workplace. This year the focus is specifically on long serving employees and those who go that extra mile, whether it's the tea lady or the managing director.

"UK businesses need to realise the importance of employee recognition if they are serious about fostering a positive and productive work environment," said Nigel Toplis, managing director, Recognition Express. "Long serving employees provide continuity and form the backbone of successful organisations. But loyalty does not grow of its own accord.

"Most people will agree that a thriving business is about its people. But so often we neglect to recognise colleagues' achievements. Even small gestures can engage staff, boost morale and, as a result, benefit the bottom line. These awards, now in their third year, are a great way to do just that. It's easy to enter and can produce great results."

Nominations are invited from any UK business with fewer than 200 employees. Nominees will have been with their organisation for five years or more. Entrants must submit a 100-word overview explaining how their colleague has gone that extra mile and why they are being nominated. The deadline is Friday 16 June 2006.

Nomination forms can be completed and submitted online [LINK||click here|Recognition Awards Entry|_blank] or phone 01242 245789 with any questions.

All nominations will enter the regional judging process. The winners from eight regional heats will automatically be put forward for the national final. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Oxford in September where he or she will officially be recognised as the UK's most dedicated employee.

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