Growing up, making the Honor Roll was an amazing achievement. It was your school's way of recognizing you for all your hard work. By gaining this positive recognition, it motivated you to work hard the next semester to make the Honor Roll again.
As professionals in the workplace, receiving recognition for your hard work is still extremely valuable. But without an 'Honor Roll' list to make, as we had in school, consistent recognition from leaders on your performance can be hard to come by.