RPI Announces 2021 Best Practice Standards® Awards Winners 

Dar Al-Riyadh, Effingham Health System, Dollar General, Vancouver Coastal Health, University Hospitals, USAA, Prudential and the University of Notre Dame, were recognized for successfully implementing recognition programs that follow RPI Best Practice Standards.  
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Sep. 09 2021 – Recognition Professionals International (RPI) has honored eight organizations with its 2021 Best Practice Standards® Awards for their use of best practices in recognizing and engaging employees. Honorees represent a range of industries from retail to healthcare, insurance, education and engineering.  

The RPI Best Practice Standards Awards honor organizations for implementing the seven RPI Best Practice Standards®. They are based on knowledge gained from academic literature, professional conferences, and shared experiences in developing successful recognition programs. The standards are designed to be useful for  creating and evaluating recognition programs in the public and private sectors, large and small organizations, and organizations with single or multiple locations or functions.
 


2021 RPI Best Practice Standards® Awards Winners

Dar Al-Riyadh - Overall Best Practice Standards® Award

Dar Al-Riyadh made a commitment to develop and acculture strategic employee recognition practices across the company to create a great place to work and achieve business goals. This dedication and demonstrated use of the seven best practices earned the organization the 2021 Overall Best Practice Standards Award. 

Standard 1 - Dar Al-Riyadh uses its GETUP approach (Genuine, Explicit, Timely, Unexpected and Proportional recognition). Elements include #darstar, a hashtag employees can use to recognize their coworkers; technology to support recognition, which Dar Al-Riyadh is building an IT solution for; email, WhatsApp, internal digital signage boards and an intranet. 

Standard 2 - Dar Al-Riyadh assigns certain employees in each division to the title of Recognition Program Champions. Program Champions help select employees from each division who deserve to be recognized.

Standard 3 -  A survey, “Employee Satisfaction Level with Dar Al-Riyadh’s Recognition Programs,” is used to gather employee feedback and measure satisfaction. With a score of 3.79, the organization exceeded its target goal of 3.75 this year. 

Standard 4 - Dar Al-Riyadh uses a Recognition Communication Calendar and multiple branded communication channels including email, DAR News, an internet solution, WhatsApp,  and Annual Business Meetings. Through these channels, Dar Al-Riyadh provides circulars, posters, videos and bulletin boards to communicate about its recognition efforts to employees.

Standard 5 -  Training, accredited by HRCI, is offered both in person and virtually. It uses best practices and learning principles, including multimedia, exercises and implementation tools to help managers learn and implement concepts.

Standard 6 - Dar Al-Riyadh’s Annual Business Meetings, E-Townhall Recognition Events, Formal Brief Events and Informal Meetings are all sponsored directly by the CEO and used to promote recognition. 

Standard 7 -  Dar Al-Riyadh uses the ADKAR Model, which is a goal-based change management model that focuses on Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement. Using ADKAR helped the organization to be flexible and responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic. They adopted a principle called “People Before Profits”. This strategy helped the organization to avoid having layoffs or salary deductions for its employees. They also used virtual tools to ensure employees continued to be recognized for their efforts.

 

Effingham Health System – 6 Awards

Effingham Health System achieved the following RPI Best Practice Standards Awards: Standard 1: Recognition Strategy, Standard 2: Management Responsibility, Standard 4: Communication Plan, Standard 5: Recognition Training, Standard 6: Recognition Events and Celebrations and Standard 7: Program Change and Flexibility.

 

Dollar General – 5 Awards

Dollar General achieved the following RPI Best Practice Standards Awards: Standard 1: Recognition Strategy, Standard 2: Management Responsibility, Standard 4: Communication Plan, Standard 6: Recognition Events and Celebrations and Standard 7: Program Change and Flexibility.

 

Vancouver Coastal Health – 5 Awards

Vancouver Coastal Health achieved the following RPI Best Practice Standards Awards: Standard 1: Recognition Strategy, Standard 4: Communication Plan, Standard 5: Recognition Training, Standard 6: Recognition Events and Celebrations and Standard 7: Program Change and Flexibility. 


University Hospitals – 2 Awards

University Hospitals achieved the following RPI Best Practice Standards Awards: Standard 5: Recognition Training and Standard 7: Program Change and Flexibility.

 

USAA – 2 Awards

USAA achieved RPI Best Practice Standards Awards: Standard 1: Recognition Strategy and Standard 7: Program Change and Flexibility.

 

Prudential – 1 Award

Prudential achieved the following RPI Best Practice Standards Award: Standard 5: Recognition Training. 


University of Notre Dame – 1 Award

University of Notre Dame achieved the following RPI Best Practice Standards Award: Standard 1: Recognition Strategy.

 


About Recognition Professionals International  (www.recognition.org)
Recognition Professionals International (RPI) is the only professional association at the forefront of workforce recognition through its sole focus on recognition innovations and education as a systematic method for improvements in the workplace. RPI members are recognition experts who practice the art of recognition at their companies and recognition solution providers who provide services, tools and platforms to companies (including consultation, program design and technology). 


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