Recognition for Education Achievements
Recognizing the Educational Achievements of Your Employees
As employees complete coursework, certifications or degrees, employers have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment as well as reinforce to others the importance of education. There are many ways to recognize an employee including announcements, special events with colleagues or senior management, promotions, bonus, or advancement. When an employee successfully completes a degree, employers should not lose this as an opportunity to promote the educational assistance program, but also as a tangible example of the employer supporting employees in reaching their goals.
Post an announcement on intra-organization communications such as email, human resource newsletter, etc.
Plan a celebration or gathering to honor the graduate such as a lunch or coffee-break celebration.
Send a card of congratulations to the employee signed by co-workers or senior management.
Send a personal note from senior management noting the accomplishment.
“Don’t ever underestimate the joy an employee experiences when he or she receives an employee recognition letter from someone who is important to them at work.” How to Write an Employee Recognition Letter,” Susan M. Heathfield, About.com, learn more.
Write and post a press release in the local newspapers. The smaller local papers, usually weekly, are a natural for this kind of announcement. Many newspapers have a business section with announcements of employee achievements.
Monetary rewards – These can be one time payments or an increase in salary if a degree attainment creates an increase in salary grade. The clearest example may be in health care and nursing career ladders, where the person, by getting a bachelor’s or master’s degree, can move up the career ladder, which means a higher salary.
Job rewards – The job rewards may be more of an intrinsic award and may open up new opportunities to the employee such as new responsibilities.
“We take great pride in each employee’s accomplishments and we post these accomplishments in several areas. We recognize our employee’s through our internal Intranet, e-memic and through Blû, a flat screen television located in the employee lunchroom, as well as, on each floor as you exit the elevator. In addition to posting each employee’s accomplishments on e-memic and Blû, employees are compensated for completing their CPCU and AIC programs. Once an employee completes their CPCU Program, they are invited to attend the National Conferment Ceremony, all expenses paid by MEMIC.” – Catherine Lamson, Vice President, Human Resources & Administration
Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice
“If a person completes a degree with us, we will put it in our newsletter. Any RN who receives a BSN gets a 5% wage increase as part of our Clinical Advancement Policy.” – Ann Weaver, Director, Human Resources
Madison Paper Industries
“We celebrate success that folks have by providing a dinner or lunch for them and their spouse to attend at our Guest House. Along with the employee and/or spouse/guest is our President and the employee’s supervisor. In the past, we have had the actual graduation ceremony on-site.” Nancy Lancaster, Executive Assistant