Another trend in recognition program is onboarding—techniques associated with getting new employees acclimated quickly to the organization. In the past an employee had to wait 5 years to get recognized, now it is in the form of a years-of-service award. Recognition in the workplace starts from day one.
Traditionally, a new employee’s first day might have consisted of getting a badge, a desk, a computer and a handbook. Today, progressive companies are assigning mentors to new employees or placing them on important projects from their first day—facilitating engagement early on.