A positive office environment is essential to getting the best out of your employees, and crediting them for their good work can go a long way toward making your workplace pleasant. Honoring employees for their contributions boosts morale, improves productivity and enhances retention. More businesses should emphasize employee recognition, recommends Michael Guld, a business and management consultant with Guld Resource Group in Richmond, Va. In a business world where fewer workers are doing more, employers have "fallen way short of giving employees the recognition deserved and expected for a job well done,” Guld says. Providing that recognition requires developing award criteria.