Recognizing employees goes deeper than dollars

  May 29, 2018

Does your organization have a reward and recognition program in place?

Recognizing talent takes small steps, doesn’t require major expenditures, and has a BIG, three-pillar impact:

According to WorkStars, 69% of employees would work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated.

“The common denominator that I’ve found in every single interview is that we want to be validated…I’ve done over 35,000 interviews in my career. And, as soon as that camera shuts off, everyone always turns to me and, inevitably, in their own way, asks this question: ‘Was that okay?’ I heard it from President Bush. I heard it from President Obama.”

– Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show

Validation. The simplest way reward and recognition can show up in the workplace – which kick-starts the list of ways you can bring employee recognition to your organization.

#1 – The power of praise and feedback.

Think back to elementary school. Don’t you also fondly recall seeing stickers that said things like, “Great!” or “Neat!” on your work when there was a job well done? There was never a lack of certainty about your level of performance – because your “job well done” was always recognized.

On the contrary, when you performed less than great on an assignment or test, your teacher might have written feedback or a note to see them and have a conversation. By definition, feedback is intended to be constructively delivered with the goal being to teach – rather than talk down.

#2 – Say thank you.

Not only does everyone want to be validated, but everyone wants to be appreciated. Saying thank you is worth the extra moment it takes to tell someone in person or over email because of the large impact it makes on the person you’re thanking. 

#3 –  Highlight your MVPs on your social media pages and your blog.

Sharing someone else’s accomplishments online is a great way to show a warmer side of your brand while also making the person you’re featuring feel extra special.

#4 – During team calls or huddles, highlight a fellow team member who has been “crushing it.”

Snacknation, who shared an incredible blog on Employee Recognition, has a weekly Crushed-It Call / Huddle in which each employee has to give kudos to another employee who they think “crushed it” that week. What a great way to boost morale and employee engagement! How often do we actually stop to take in our own success? Not often enough.

(If you’re the shy type, another company Snacknation covered in their blog has an anonymous box in the office where you can submit something great a fellow employee did.)

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