Recognizing your employees is critical as you launch your operational excellence initiative. Here are some best practices for building an effective recognition program:

Simple & Frequent

  • Frequent and simple public recognition of accomplishments and contributions during weekly or daily meetings shows coaches and employees' appreciation.
  • Document the recognition in a high traffic area with a Recognition Board (e.g., Digital Rever Activity Board, Print outs).


  • Ensure public recognition of accomplishment and achievements.
  • Set up a day where employees & coaches can display their ideas and share with coworkers.
  • Invite leadership to complete the recognition.
  • Recognize during monthly or quarterly meetings (consider inviting family members to join).
  • Gift an experience rather than something that is material. For example, a meal with the family, tickets to the cinema, etc.

Top Recognition Ideas:

  • Vacation days
  • Tickets to a show
  • Family visits to the factory
  • A meal with leadership
  • Recognition in a common work area (e.g., break room or cafeteria)
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