Organizations today understand the importance of having a strong culture of recognition to keep their employees motivated and engaged. Given the massive changes in the work environment, organizations need to keep their workforce engaged no matter where they are. Hence, many organizations are seeking to promote a culture of digital recognition that can help them create an engaged workforce and drive business growth.
Today, employee recognition is one of the more core aspects of the HR Strategy of any organization. No organization can ill afford to ignore the importance of employee recognition in driving their business growth and profitability.
Here’s a quick look at why employee recognition is so important for organizations:
- Enhances Employee Motivation and Commitment
- Improves Performance and Productivity
- Contributes to a Positive Work Culture
- Improves Collaboration and Teamwork
- Increases Employee Retention
- Enhances Employer Branding
The workforce of every organization has been getting increasingly dispersed with greater business growth and globalization. Employees have been working from multiple offices, client locations and even from remote locations.
This trend has been greatly accelerated by the advent of the pandemic that has forced a vast majority of the workforce to work from home and reduced the workforce density at the workplaces for a prolonged period.
Going forward, most organizations with even a small workforce is expected to have their employees in multiple locations – workplaces, client locations, field and even homes.
This has made it critical for organizations to make their employees feel appreciated and valued, no matter where they are working from. Hence, digital recognition in organizations is the need of the hour today.
Digital recognition is an important component of the employee engagement strategy of most organizations. They need to ingrain it as part of their culture to make it long-lasting and sustainable; and derive long-term benefits from it.
Here are a few best practices that can help organizations create and promote a successful digital recognition program:
1. Invest in a Digital Platform for Employee Recognition
First and foremost, organizations need to invest in appropriate employee recognition tools that could digitize the entire employee rewards and recognition process.
2. Empower Line Managers to Recognize
Managers should be able to provide instant recognition to their team members in form of Spot Awards and other rewards, whenever they see any significant achievement that is out of the ordinary. They should be able to reward and recognize without going through formal processes and seeking multiple approvals.
3. Incorporate Peer-to-Peer Recognition
Employees should be able to recognize their peers for their contributions or for any help or support received from them without going through a formal process. Such acts of peer-to-peer recognition should be spontaneous and can go a long way in making this behavior an integral part of the culture.
4. Incorporate Elements of Gamification
The employee recognition platform used by the organization should include key elements of gamification such as reward points, walls of fame, leaderboards and e-gift card options. Such aspects make the program exciting and engaging for member of the workforce, especially the millennials and drive their participation and involvement in the programs.
5. Integrate with Internal and External Social Platforms
One of key ways to build a culture of digital recognition is by ensuring maximum social visibility within and outside the organization. This can be achieved through integration with internal collaboration platforms such as MS Teams, Slack and Intranet; and also with social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Such best practices can make the process of digital recognition a key part of the organizational culture. This in turn can boost employee happiness and motivation, and enhance the overall performance of the organization.
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