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Towns find value in employee recognition programs

Taking the time to acknowledge the hard work and contributions of staff members shows can create common values and objectives, building a more cooperative and efficient organization.

Organizations outside of the private sector recognize the value of their employee and are taking the time to acknowledge their contributions.

The Greenwich Patch reported that the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut, recently recognized more than 100 school and town employees. The public ceremony highlighted the importance of the workers in the continued success of the town and can serve as an example for other organizations looking to improve productivity and employee engagement.

“This is an extremely important event in the light of the Town of Greenwich and its government,” First Selectman Peter Tesei during the event, as reported by the news source. “The government exists in Greenwich to serve the citizens, and without the people we are going to be recognizing today, in addition to their peers, who serve throughout the schools and the town, we would not have this community that so many look to emulate and admire.”

Other towns across the country also run regular employee reward programs as a way to encourage pride in the community. Employee-of-the-month or volunteer-of-the-year programs are an effective way to increase engagement in various public programs. These public acknowledgements can be essential to turning a community around. The Cohasset Mariner notes that the Massachusetts town’s employee reward program was essential to revitalizing the community after decades of economic recession. The initiative helped rebuild pride among workers as well as residents.

Businesses can use these same strategies to increase engagement among their staff members. Creating a public reward program can help create stronger support for various initiatives within the organization by generating excitement within all departments. Taking the time to acknowledge the hard work and contributions of staff members can create common values and objectives, building a more cooperative and efficient organization.

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