Employee recognition has become the focal point for almost everything related to business growth and success. From employee engagement to workforce efficiency and even talent retention, employee recognition has come to deeply impact every aspect of an organization. However, despite their awareness of the aforementioned facts, most organizations still find it challenging to implement the best employee recognition system for creating a highly engaged workforce. Hence, an increasing number of organizations are opting for technology solutions available in the form of different employee recognition software platforms.
Starting from the basics – Why Employee Recognition?
Most organizations invest in the best recognition platforms available in the market believing that it will solve all their employee appreciation woes and provide them with the desired results.
However, even the most efficient recognition platforms can prove inadequate if the organization does not take care of the cultural nuances:
- Timely appreciation of employees for their effort
- Employees treating each other with respect during everyday interactions
- Reasonable compensation and benefits to the employees based on their roles, responsibilities, and performance
- An environment of openness, trust, and reliability that enables easy information sharing
As mentioned before, there are several different types of recognition platforms available for organizations to choose from. While a few of the platforms are industry-specific, others that are more generic in nature.
However, to get the desired results, it is important for organizations to choose a recognition platform that caters to their specific needs:
1. Integration with existing Human Resources Information Systems
An employee recognition platform should be selected based on the extent to which it can be integrated with the existing systems being used to collect and store employee data.
While it may be impossible to find a platform that offers 100% integration, companies should give greater preference to platforms that ensure the best possible integration in a hassle-free manner. This eliminates the need to replicate the employee information within the recognition platform.
2. Configurable to ensure compatibility with core organization values
The core values of an organization are extremely important as they help establish the unique identity of an organization and sets it apart from its competitors. Hence, it is important to choose an employee recognition platform that can be customized to match the core values of an organization.
It helps within integrating these values into the culture and also ensure that any activities related to employee recognition reflect these values effectively.
3. It should be engaging and enjoyable
An employee recognition platform that is dull and boring is least likely to attract employee attention and might often be left unused. Organizations should make sure that the recognition platform they opt for is easy to use and should be engaging for both the person giving and receiving recognition.
This can be ensured by choosing a platform that has interesting features, an attractive design and is easy and enjoyable to use.
4. Has an intelligent notification system
One of the key requirements for making an employee recognition system truly effective and efficient is to ensure timely appreciation. As such, an intelligent notification system is a must-have feature for any good recognition platform. It should alert the managers, HR, and employees every time a positive action worthy of recognition has been performed.
By sending such notifications, the system will ensure that timely recognition is provided minimizing any delays and maximizing the overall effectiveness of the program. This may require integration with other platforms that employees might be using for their everyday work.
5. Ability to deliver real-time analytics
A good employee recognition system should be able to capture real-time analytics to help the managers and leaders choose the most deserving candidates for recognition. The data thus provided by the platform can also be used to gain insights and develop the narrative for an effective engagement strategy and performance management program.
The platform should also offer analytics about the type of recognition besides providing reports to monitor and encourage user activity.
6. Integrated social media recognition
Given the growing impact of social media on our day-to-day life, having a platform that integrates social media recognition, is the need of the hour. Organizations should carry out a thorough evaluation of the social sharing features provided by a good recognition platform.
Sharing the achievements of the employees and the recognition they receive on social media channels, can enhance the effectiveness of the program manifold.
Looking for the above-discussed features in an employee recognition platform can help organizations ensure that efficient employee recognition becomes an integral part of their engagement strategy and offers long-term benefits in the form of enhanced employee productivity and retention.
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