Employee Recognition – Part II

April 17, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Recognition is defined as the acknowledgment of achievement, service, merit, etc.  Employee recognition is a necessary element to employers as well as employees. It is a tool that can be used to communicate and positively reinforce an employee’s value to the company. thank-you-515514_1920Also, it makes employees feel appreciated which has a direct impact on retention. Reward is defined as a thing given in recognition of one’s achievement, service, or effort.  Reward and recognition go hand in hand but they are not synonymous. A person can be recognized without receiving a reward. Although, a reward is a way to provide recognition. There are many ways to recognize employees effectively.  First, recognition should occur as immediately as possible to reinforce the behavior the employer wants to encourage.  Second, be specific why the employees is being recognized.  Did they lead in sales? Or did they go above and beyond to provide a solution to a difficult problem? Third, be consistent. Recognition should occur on a regular basis, should be inclusive to all employees and utilize set criteria.

When establishing a recognition program. Consider the following:

  • Be realistic by setting measurable and achievable goals.
    • Match the reward to the recognition.
    • Match the reward to your budget.
  • Communicate clearly criteria regarding the program.
    • Use all distribution methods including technology (intranet, webinars, email, etc.)
    • Discuss it at meetings or hold a recognition launch session
  • Be sincere when providing recognition.
    • Decide what type of recognition you are going to give.
    • Whenever possible match the award to the person.
    • Praise only session. Do not combine with constructive or corrective feedback.
  • Schedule time for recognition.
    • Staff meetings, one-on-one or during peak busy season of your business.
  • Review the effectiveness of the program through employee feedback.
    • Keep your programs “fresh”.
    • Review specifically what’s working well and what is not,

 Here are just a few of the benefits of employee recognition:

  • Increased individual productivity – the act of recognizing desired behavior increases the repetition of the desired behavior, and therefore productivity. This is classic behavioral psychology. The reinforced behavior supports the organization’s mission and key performance indicator
  • Greater employee satisfaction and enjoyment of work – more time spent focusing on the job and less time complaining.
  • Direct performance feedback for individuals and teams is provided.
  • Higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers.
  • Teamwork between employees is enhanced.
  • Retention of quality employees increases – lower employee turnover.
  • Better safety records and fewer accidents on the job.
  • Lower negative effects such as absenteeism and stress.

Now, is the perfect time to make necessary changes! There is no time like the present. If you do not have a recognition program today, start one!  If you had one for a long time re-evaluate it, revitalize and relaunch or just simply scrap it and start over. For more ideas or for help implementing your own employee rewards and recognition strategies, contact YPHR today!


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