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How to Choose the Best Employee Recognition System for your Organization?

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How to Choose the Best Employee Recognition System for your Organization?

Employee recognition has become part of most organizations’ core HR strategy. Organizations need to select and implement the best employee recognition system to achieve the desired benefits. While selecting employee recognition software, organizations should consider a few points.

How Do You Choose the Best Employee Recognition Platform?

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There are many employee recognition platforms available on the market today. However, choosing the best one for an organization is not easy.

It requires a solid understanding of the business objectives of the program, employee expectations, and a comparative view of different employee recognition platforms.

The best employee recognition platform depends on the organization’s specific needs.

However, the 10 points below might help in the decision-making process.

How to choose the Best Employee Recognition Platform?

1. Ease of Configuration/ Customization

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The employee recognition platform should allow the organization to configure various types of rewards and recognition.

These could include Spot AwardsPeer-to-Peer RecognitionTeam Awards, Quarterly and Annual Awards, Service Awards, etc..

Also, each award would have relevant workflows and monetary values as defined by the rewards and recognition policy.

The platforms would be configurable to enable company branding, define business units, and manage budgets. 

Additionally, changes in the configuration should be possible, even post-implementation, to incorporate changes in the policy.

2. Incorporates Advanced Features and Best Practices

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A good employee recognition system should have features such as gamification, wall of fame, leaderboards, and on-platform redemption options.

Language localization might also be a good feature, especially if the program spans multiple geographies. 

Also, jury evaluation of awards might be helpful if the organization plans to have quarterly and annual awards.

Hence, such a platform can create additional impact over time as the organization explores and implements the extra features.

4. Integration with HRMS

How to Choose the Best Employee Recognition System for your Organization?

The selected employee recognition platform should be integrated with the existing systems such as the HRMS or the HRIS. 

So, employees should be able to log in using Single Sign-On (SSO) without using separate user credentials.

The platform should also be able to update employee data from the HRMS automatically, without any manual intervention.

Hence, it will ensure that the employee data in the platform is up-to-date to avoid incorrect workflows.

5. Integration with Other Platforms

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The platform should easily integrate with other platforms such as Google Workspace, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Yammer, and Workplace. 

So it can ensure easy and convenient employee access to the recognition platform.

It should also support integration with other platforms such as Intranet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Project Management Systems (PMS), Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRM), etc..

Hence, it would enable rewards and recognition to get triggered automatically from these systems or publish recognition updates to these systems.

6. Built-in Intelligence

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One of the key ways to make an employee recognition system genuinely effective is to ensure timely appreciation.

An intelligent notification system is an excellent feature for a suitable recognition platform.

Hence, it should alert managers and co-workers when a significant achievement happens and nudge them to recognize the concerned employee.

Through these intelligent alerts and nudges, the system can ensure timely recognition and maximize the program’s overall effectiveness.

7. Real-time Reporting and Analytics

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A good recognition system should provide real-time data and analytics to help HR and management monitor the program continuously. 

The data can also be used to gain insights and take necessary actions to make the system more effective.

It should be possible to configure thresholds for different metrics that can trigger alerts to HR.

These timely alerts can help HR to make changes to the program on the fly.

8. Social Media Integration

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Given social media’s growing impact, social media integration is a must-have feature for any recognition platform. 

Employees should be able to share rewards and recognition they have received on their social media profiles.

Even the HR should be able to share these employee recognition updates on their company’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Such social media sharing can provide social reinforcement and acknowledgment for the employees, enhancing their level of motivation.

It can be an excellent way to build a positive employer brand for the organization.

9. Speed of Implementation

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Once the organization selects the recognition platform, it should be possible to implement it quickly.

robust implementation process ensures that the business requirements are captured, mapped, and configured in the system quickly and accurately.

This can be done through checklists, templates, and project plans.

The availability of pre-configured industry solutions and APIs for integration with other systems can also accelerate the implementation. 

The in-depth domain expertise of the implementation team is also essential to consider.

10. Post-implementation Support

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Customer support after implementation of the recognition software is critical to the success of the program.

This needs to be done at different levels. During business hours, employees should be able to get support for any issues over live chat, email, or phone.

Also, they should get access to FAQs, interact with bots, or log tickets for issues they are facing.

The HR should get support through account managers for urgent or escalated issues, important queries, and change requests. 

The account manager should connect them with experts who could provide new ideas and best practices for the program.

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Bottom-line

Looking for these 10 key points in an employee recognition platform can help organizations to effective employee recognition programs that can drive long-term benefits through enhanced employee productivity and retention.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurship experience. In the past, Sagar has worked in leadership roles with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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