by Lisa Grimaldi | July 01, 2008

Recognition Professionals International has named the winners of its 2008 Best Practice awards. The annual honors are bestowed on firms that have outstanding employee recognition programs.

Minneapolis-based agricultural firm Cargill was lauded for having the best overall employee recognition program. Among the practices Cargill was cited for was its Global Recognition Steering Team, which provides guidance to the overall recognition strategy and execution, and its addition (in 2004) of a chief recognition officer.

Among other firms lauded for their recognition programs were Toronto-based ScotiaBank, which was singled out for its excellence in strategy, communications and program change and flexibility, and TD Canada Trust, for its management responsibility and program measurement.

In addition, Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America was cited for its training program and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines for its events and celebrations.