RPI Best Practice Standards
The RPI Best Practice Awards cycle will change this year in order to align with the new conference setting. The next Best Practice Awards will be presented at the 2015 RPI conference. Nomination applications will be available on line beginning in February 2014. If you have any questions about the change, please email Amy Hurley at email@example.com
Best-Practices Program Purpose
The mission of Recognition Professionals International (RPI) is to enhance organizational performance through employee recognition by:
- providing access to best-practice standards, education, research, and the exchange of ideas,
- creating opportunities for our diverse membership to grow professionally, and
- advocating recognition and engagement strategies as a means to promote organizational excellence.
We believe that employee performance is the key to success for any organization. We know, based on extensive research, that employee performance is enhanced by systematic employee recognition, which is defined as the acknowledgement of individual and team behavior that supports an organization’s goals and values.
The purposes of the RPI Best-Practice Standards program are to:
- Establish objective standards for evaluating employee recognition programs;
- Recognize organizations that successfully implement recognition programs; and,
- Provide illustrations of recognition best practices with RPI’s membership.
Best-Practice Standards Overview
RPI’s Best-Practice Standards are based on knowledge gained from academic literature, professional conferences, and shared experiences in developing successful recognition programs. These standards have been amended periodically to reflect the lessons learned from previous program cycles, including suggestions from best practices judges and award recipients. The Standards are designed to be useful for the creation and evaluation of recognition programs in the public and private sectors, large and small organizations, and organizations with single or multiple locations or functions.
There are seven RPI Best-Practice Standards (professional members only):
The RPI “Best Overall Recognition Program” award recognizes programs that are outstanding overall.
RPI's “Outstanding Excellence” awards recognize programs that fulfill the basic requirements of standards 1 and 2 and are also outstanding in one or more of standards 3 through 7.
Best Practice Award Program
Each year, RPI selects one recognition program for the "Best Overall Recognition Program" award, and also selects up to 5 additional programs for "Best in Class" awards based on the recognition program elements described in the Best Practices Standards.
Organizations may self-nominate or be nominated by someone outside their organization. Please note: A nomination of any organization other than its own must be with the nominee’s approval. Nominees must be willing to share their processes with RPI, be audited and have the results published. The recipient of RPI’s “Best Overall Recognition Program” award must be willing to share their processes at future RPI events and programing.
The recipient of RPI’s “Best Overall Recognition Program” award is not eligible to receive additional Best Practice Awards for three years. Past recipients of a “Best in Class” award are not eligible to receive additional Best Practice Awards for the same Standard for three years. Organizations that have previously been nominated but did not receive an award may be nominated again.
All nominations must be submitted on the RPI Best Practice Nomination Online Form and must be accompanied by a program document and/or other relevant materials sufficient to demonstrate that the program is documented as required by the RPI Best Practice Standards. These materials must be submitted via the online application or in an electronic format to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent on CD to this address:
Recognition Professionals International
RPI Best Practice Standards – Recognition Program
1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252
St. Paul, MN 55114
To assist our judges, please keep the following two important points in mind:
- Please give specific examples in the Nomination Form whenever possible, to supplement general statements; and
- Please include specific cross-references in the Nomination Form to the supporting documents and supplemental materials.
If you are nominating more than one organization, please use a separate form for each organization. As you prepare the Nomination Form, please refer to the Best Practice Program Standards for more specific guidance on each item.
Official Nomination Forms are available online by clicking here. RPI member organizations and non-RPI organizations are eligible to participate. The application fee for submission of a nomination is as follows:
- $400 fee for nominee’s that are not members in RPI
- $250 fee for nominees who are RPI Basic Members ($150 dollar discount)
- $150 fee for nominees who are RPI Professional Members ($250 dollar discount)
Any recognition resource provider wishing to submit a nomination must be an active RPI Business Partner and member-in-good standing and pay $150 for their application to be eligible. The application fee should be submitted with this Nomination Form Online or mailed to:
RPI Best Practice Committee
1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252
St. Paul, MN 55114
Each applicant will receive notice of application scores. Additional application review details and recommendations are available for a $500 payment to RPI. All nominations must be postmarked by the deadline date indicated on the RPI Best Practice Nomination Form. If you have any questions about the RPI Best Practice Standards - Recognition Program, please call 651-290-6269 or contact RPI at RPI@recognition.org.
The RPI Best Practice Standards program seeks to provide an objective and competent evaluation of each award nomination. This is achieved by establishing a Judges Panel comprised of independent recognition experts. The judges evaluate each nomination based on the Best Practice Standards, and select recipients for the Best Overall Recognition Program award and Best in Class awards. If a judge has a current business relationship with a nominee organization, s/he will not participate in evaluation of that program.
Best Practice Awards
Best Practice Award recipients will be notified each year in February. The organizations selected for Best Practice Awards will be formally recognized at RPI’s Annual Conference during the All Awards Dinner Presentation.Best Overall Award recipient will be required to make a presentation at the following years' RPI conference about their recognition programs. All Recipients’ recognition practices will be profiled in association and trade publications and website features.
The RPI Best Practice Development Team laid the groundwork for the RPI Best Practice Program beginning in 1998, conducting extensive research to identify the elements of a successful recognition program. The Best Practice Program was launched in 2001. For more detail, see below.
Best Practice White Papers
With the assistance of our Best Practice Award recipients, RPI has prepared Summary White Papers profiling the recognition programs that have been selected for Best Practice Awards. All RPI Best Practice White Paper summaries are free for RPI professional members.
History of the RPI Best Practice Standards - Program
In 1998, the Best Practice Development Team laid the groundwork for the RPI Best Practice Standards program. The Development Team interviewed dozens of employee recognition practitioners, consulted extensively with the American Productivity Center, and reviewed literature, articles and conference materials on employee recognition. During the research process, team members identified the elements of successful recognition programs. Based on their research and their own experiences in the development of recognition programs, the team developed a basic outline for the Best Practice Program and Standards. The Team modeled the program after Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine’s 100 Most Family Friendly Companies, and to a degree, the Baldridge Award for methodology.
In May 2001, RPI (formerly NAER) officially kicked off the Best Practice Program at its national conference in Scottsdale, Arizona and invited nominations for the first Best Practice Awards. Two award recipients were announced at RPI’s annual conference in Arlington Heights, Illinois, June 2002. CalPers, California Public Employees’ Retirement System was presented with the Best Overall Recognition Program Award. TELUS, a leading communications company in Canada, received three Best in Class awards for its recognition practices.