6 Companies With the Best Employee Recognition Programs

Companies with employee recognition programs take the time to reward team members for meeting goals and embodying organizational values.

Written by Rose Velazquez
6 Companies With the Best Employee Recognition Programs
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Margo Steines | May 21, 2024

An employee recognition program gives company leaders and managers a chance to reward team members for meeting their goals and demonstrating their commitment to the organization. It’s an employee engagement strategy that can also allow for peer-to-peer acknowledgements. Here are some examples of companies with the best employee recognition programs, from hosting formal awards programs to point systems that let employees earn gift cards and other awards.

Companies With the Best Employee Recognition Programs

  • Edmunds
  • MARS
  • Merck
  • Workhuman
  • FullContact
  • Paychex


Companies With the Best Employee Recognition Programs

Edmunds publishes consumer vehicle guides, reviews and listings that consumers use to guide their purchasing behavior. It prioritizes employee recognition, with a President’s Club badging system that awards team members diamond, platinum and gold tiers of status based on performance. In company-wide calls, the sales team also announces and celebrates top performers of the month.


Mars operates a family of well-known food industry brands, including Snickers and Ben’s Original, as well as big names in pet care like Pedigree and Banfield Pet Hospital. The company encourages employees to get involved in making positive change through the Mars Volunteer Program and Mars Ambassador Program. To reward employees who actively work to make a positive impact, the company also hosts the Mars Make the Difference Awards every other year to “recognize the best of the best.”


Biopharmaceutical company Merck works to develop medicines and vaccines to combat various diseases. The company employs more than 60,000 people and has established a global recognition program called INSPIRE, which lets workers celebrate one another through messages, points and cash rewards. Employees have shared more than 3 million recognitions since the program started, according to Merck.


Workhuman offers tools that enable businesses to set up employee engagement and recognition programs. The company works with more than 6 million users across 180 different countries. Its own employees are given recognition awards as well, and are able to redeem them for vacations, furniture, home improvements and other rewards.


FullContact’s SaaS platform gives brands data and intelligence to tailor their advertising efforts and customer experiences. As part of its employee compensation and benefits package, the company created a peer-to-peer recognition program that lets members of its workforce praise colleagues for their hard work. Employees are able to reward one another with points that can be redeemed for gift cards to thousands of vendors.


Paychex is an HR tech company, providing its customers with tools for everything from managing payroll and benefits to simplifying attendance tracking. To ensure its employees are recognized for their achievements and able to recognize one another, Paychex established a platform that lets colleagues communicate gratitude, applause and congratulations.

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