Do your recognition programs actually influence employee behavior? One of the things companies have a hard time getting right is employee recognition. The business landscape is littered with examples of disingenuous recognition programs. I especially liked this one, which David Spark noted in a post on condescending morale boosting efforts:
In an attempt to get people to work overtime, yet not feel like they’re being taken advantage of, Publicis instituted “Passion Points.” Any employee could give a “Passion Point” to another employee for any reason. If you collected at least ten of these “Passion Points” you could cash them in at the Publicis store for something like a Publicis-branded backpack or tote bag.