The Future of Employee Recognition: Insights, Trends and Recommendations from the 2024 Report

As we continue to navigate the consequences of the post-pandemic revolution in the workplace, the significance of recognizing employees’ contributions cannot be ignored. The 2024 Report on “The Power of Rewards and Recognition” offers a comprehensive analysis, shedding light on the true power and impact of rewarding and recognizing employees at work. 

Amidst a backdrop where 90% of employees report feeling valued at work when their efforts are recognized, the report highlights the critical role of recognition in driving engagement and productivity. Such a statistic not only accentuates the importance but also the necessity of evolving employee recognition practices.

Research states that employees want to be recognized more frequently; and 1 in 2 employees would like more recognition for their work. According to Forbes, employee recognition is the least prioritized initiative by company leaders.

With so much evidence supporting the need for employee recognition, we conducted our own research to further prove how powerful rewards and recognition are in the workplace.

Key Insights from the 2024 Report

The Impact of Recognition on Key Organizational Metrics

  • Employee Retention: A strong culture of recognition is significantly linked with employee retention, with 85% of employees more likely to stay with their current organizations. 
  • Productivity: The report also highlights a direct link between recognition and productivity, with 87% of respondents affirming that recognition significantly enhances productivity.
  • Job Satisfaction: Additionally, 62% of respondents report boosts in job satisfaction as a result of recognition, emphasizing its importance in creating a fulfilling work environment.

Current State of Employee Recognition Programs

  • Budget Constraints: A principal obstacle in implementing recognition programs (or most HR initiatives for that matter) is financial, with 54% of respondents citing budget constraints, closely followed with 52% respondents citing lack of leadership support. 
  • Perceptual Differences: There exists a perceptual gap between HR professionals and non-HR employees regarding the effectiveness of recognition programs, with 80% of HR professionals viewing them as effective, compared to 62% of non-HR employees
  • Reward Preferences: While 59% of respondents lean towards monetary rewards, a significant 41% see the value in non-monetary rewards.

These insights provide a comprehensive overview of the current state and impact of employee recognition programs, offering valuable benchmarks for organizations aiming to foster a more engaged workforce.

The 2024 Report indicates a pivotal shift towards more dynamic and personalized employee recognition strategies, emphasizing the potential for technology to play a central role in shaping the future landscape of workplace recognition

Here’s how these insights translate into future trends:

1. It’s More Than Just A Perk

Gone are the days when employee recognition was seen as just an extra benefit. The 2024 Report clearly shows that recognition has become a key strategy for enhancing the employee experience. It now stands as an essential element of the employee value proposition.

With a staggering 85% of employees reported to have a heightened sense of loyalty to employers who acknowledge their efforts, it’s clear that recognition is now a fundamental part of job satisfaction and employee retention. It has evolved into an essential strategy that not only improves the overall employee experience but also serves as a critical pillar in fostering a positive workplace culture.

This trend reflects a significant shift in how we understand and implement workplace dynamics, moving recognition beyond a mere perk to an integral part of maintaining and nurturing employee wellbeing and satisfaction.

2. Recognition Needs to Adapt For a Flexible Workforce

The report acknowledges the emergence of a flexible workforce as a significant consideration for recognition programs. With 28.7% of HR respondents managing a fully remote workforce and 30.9% overseeing a hybrid setup, the need for recognition programs that can adapt to various work arrangements is increasingly critical.

The successful integration of recognition platforms like EngageWith with common communication tools such as Slack and Microsoft Teams exemplifies the progressive infrastructure that facilitates visible and prompt recognition, serving a workforce that transcends the confines of traditional office spaces.

3. A Personalized Approach to Recognition

The 2024 Report firmly establishes that when it comes to employee recognition, one size does not fit all. The research indicated that there is a stronger preference for public recognition which illustrates a pronounced desire for personalized acknowledgment on a public platform. It’s clear that employees feel a stronger boost of motivation when their achievements are celebrated openly, in a manner that reflects their personal contributions to the team’s success. 

Equally telling is the finding that 41% of respondents are significantly influenced by non-monetary rewards. This reveals a shift towards more customized forms of appreciation, ones that transcend monetary value and instead celebrate the unique individual behind the achievement.

Together, these insights pave the way for a more nuanced and individual-centric recognition strategy, advocating for practices that not only honor the deed but also the person, tailoring the reward to their unique motivations and preferences.

4. Integrated Recognition Platforms = Lesser Friction

According to the report, a whopping 85% of employees are likely to stick around if their company is good at recognizing their efforts. That’s where tools like EngageWith come in handy again. They slip right into the everyday tools we all use, like Slack and Microsoft Teams, making it super easy to give a shout-out to someone on the spot. This makes sure that a job well done gets the spotlight it deserves, pronto.

3 Practical Recommendations for Employee Recognition

1. Leverage Technology

Adopt Advanced Recognition Platforms: Given the report’s insights into the effectiveness of integrated platforms, adopting tools like EngageWith that facilitate both peer-to-peer and leadership-driven recognition becomes a strategic move. These technologies can significantly enhance the immediacy and relevance of recognition efforts.

2. Balance Rewards

A Blended Approach to Rewards: In light of the report’s revelations about the nuanced perceptions of monetary versus non-monetary rewards, organizations are advised to implement a balanced mix of rewards. This strategy should cater to diverse employee needs and preferences, ensuring both emotional and financial appreciation are accounted for.

3. Foster a Culture of Recognition

Regular and Inclusive Recognition Practices: To echo the report’s findings, cultivating an environment where recognition is an integral part of the organizational culture is crucial. Recognition should not be an afterthought but a regular occurrence that is inclusive of all employees’ contributions and achievements.


The 2024 Report on “The Power of Rewards and Recognition” provides a compelling look into the future of employee recognition, emphasizing its undeniable value in positively impacting key organizational metrics. By adopting forward-thinking strategies today, organizations can ensure they remain competitive and appealing to their workforce in the years to come.

Embrace the future of employee recognition with EngageWith, a comprehensive tool designed to enhance engagement and satisfaction within your organization. Start building a more connected, high-performing team today. 

Mariam Mushtaq

I'm a Content Writer at Springworks. Drawing from my early career experience in HR, I bring a unique, insider's perspective. Driven by a passion for the People and HR function, I research and write about topics such as employee engagement and the future of work.

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