Employee Recognition: A Step-by-step Guide
Employee recognition, service anniversary awards, safety incentives and more.
The importance of employee engagement is a topic of conversation that should be a priority for all organizations. Unfortunately, trying to determine how to boost employee engagement can be as challenging as trying to send a text message with a rotary phone. Employees are not wired the same, so how do you use the same message to reach each employee individually?
Building a safe work environment is a challenge for any company. But, perhaps even more challenging, is the ability to maintain that safety over the long-term. Many companies struggle with how to best keep workers and customers safe. And with so many statistics and opinions out there, it can be hard to determine the right solutions for your environment. One tactic that works across the board, however, is active employee engagement -- a critical element of our Safegagement concept.
In my previous blog article I defined intrinsic motivation as the, “five, natural pleasures of work.” I then made an outrageous claim, “Companies can double employee motivation, productivity and profits by simply activating the natural, productive pleasures wired into the human brain. I can almost feel your skepticism, “If it were that simple, wouldn’t everybody already pay employees this “magical,” free, intrinsic-reward bonus?
Sometimes, as managers, we forget about the value that even the simplest praise and recognition has to our employees. We forget that it is human nature to need reassurance from people that we look up to and respect. We forget how much people thrive when they feel appreciated. But the real value lies in HOW we show our appreciation, not just that we do it.
By ensuring that your organization's employee recognition program not only reinforces the organization’s culture but achieves a higher level of engagement includes the following:
Reinforces desired behaviors
Works to create an atmosphere of appreciation and trust
Promotes empowerment and involvement
Creates loyalty to a company
Includes all people and in a form that resonates with them
Hurray, it’s a beautiful day! I’ve been studying intrinsic motivation for 40 years and I’ve FINALLY been asked to write a blog post about it. Thank you Scott Russell, and C.A. Short Company, for this wonderful opportunity. Blog posts are short, and I’ve been known to drone on, so here is a BRIEF definition of intrinsic motivation.
Engaging your people. It’s the key to improving your workplace culture and the payoff is real for both your employees and your company. Employees are happier and more productive, high performers tend to stay longer and your company is more successful in recruiting high potential candidates. And of course, these things all positively impact the bottom line.
If engagement drives all these positive results, then what drives Employee Engagement? While there are many elements that go into an overall engagement strategy, at the top of the list is employee recognition. If recognition isn’t a major part of your engagement program, you really don’t have an engagement program.
Social Media. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s become an integral part of society-- including the modern workplace. And while there are plenty of negatives we could complain about, there are also advantages that can contribute to the overall growth of a healthy, supportive social structure within your workforce. If the thought of memes, inspirational quotes, and cute cats cluttering up the communication channels of your office make you break out in a cold sweat, just take a step back and give the concept a quick second look.