No needs to afraid of doing things in HR, I appreciate your research before implementing any HR practices to roll out.
Employee recognition in any ways always benefits to organization. I will suggest you to follow the six sigma concept of "JUST DO IT "
Keep always one thing in mind recognize to one who deserve it not to every one, it will spoil the recognition program, identify the selection criteria and validation of selection for reward & recognition. Never stop this activity, it will give organization long term benefits
All the best!!!
9th July 2019 From India, Mumbai