“Sometimes It’s Not About the Money: Employee Recognition Programs”
by Justin W. Waggoner, beef systems specialist
We have all heard the adage that “money isn’t everything.” During the 2017 K-State Cattle Feeders College, I had the pleasure of recognizing the 18th recipient of the K- State/Merck Top Hand award. This award is presented to an exceptional feedyard employee who goes above and beyond the duties of their job description. The recipients are nominated by their respective managers for the award. The Top Hand is a simple way of saying thank you for a job well done. Employee recognition programs can be an excellent way to show your employees that you appreciate their efforts and contributions to the organization. Most sources suggest that employee recognition programs should recognize specific behaviors that are related to the organizations objectives and core values. The recognition should involve the entire organization. If you don’t have a means of recognizing exceptional employees give it some thought. You can find several great ideas for establishing an employee recognition program that will be more than just the “employee of the month” program.