MIT’s mission includes the goal that every community member is able to work “for the betterment of humankind.” Recognizing staff accomplishments at MIT connects employees to the higher goals of the Institute, drives performance and career growth, and serves as a retention strategy.
What is Recognition?
Recognition is a positive consequence provided to a person for a desired behavior or result. Recognition can take the form of acknowledgement, approval or the expression of gratitude. It means appreciating someone for something they have done for you, your group, or your organization. It can also come in the form of asking someone’s opinion, involving them in a decision or encouraging them in their career. Recognition can be given while an employee is striving to achieve a certain goal or behavior, or once they have completed it.
Recognition is one of the most significant strategies for driving performance that matters to the success of the organization. People do not commit 40 to 50 to 60 hours a week of their lives just to show up at work. They want to make a difference in their work – and be appreciated for doing it.
Adapted from “1501 Ways to Reward Employees” by B. Nelson, Ph.D
Employee recognition can be given in many ways—through saying thank you, giving praise, providing opportunity, or showing respect. Many studies on the work place have shown that being recognized for achievements, knowing that one's contributions matter to the organization, and the opportunity for growth and professional development have a considerable impact on employee satisfaction and commitment.
Managers are critical to fostering a culture of recognition at MIT. Continuously providing employee recognition and participating in MIT recognition events sets the tone for a workplace that values excellence and sends a message about the type of work and behaviors that lead to successful performance.