accomplishments of individuals and teams is key to sustaining support
and momentum for energy management initiatives. Rewarding particular
efforts sets the example for what constitutes success and helps motivate
employees through increased job satisfaction. Recognition can strengthen
the morale of everyone involved in energy management.
Determine recognition levels
The decision about who should receive recognition in your organization
will likely be shaped by the purpose for providing recognition and your
organizational culture. Common recognition levels include:
- Acknowledges the contributions and accomplishments of specific
Recognizes the achievements of teams, departments, and other
distinct groups within the organization.
- Rewards the accomplishments or performance of an entire facility.
Establish recognition criteria
Create criteria for recognition and communicate these criteria and any
process eligibility requirements. Recognition criteria might include
thresholds of achievement such as:
Offered the best energy savings ideas
Achieved the greatest energy use reduction
Increased savings by X amount
Determine recognition type
There are a variety of ways to provide recognition and rewards.
Depending on the purpose of the recognition program and your
organizational culture, forms of recognition can range from formal
acknowledgements and certificates, to salary increases and cash bonuses,
to simple forms of appreciation such as coffee mugs or energy program
senior management to provide the recognition.
formal means for providing recognition, such as an award ceremony.
progress evaluations to inform the recognition process.