The significance of employee recognition is widely acknowledged by organizations today. However, many organizations fail to keep up the high level of employee participation and support for these programs. This results in even the best employee rewards programs to gradually fade into obscurity. This article takes a look at how to revive a fading employee recognition program.
Most organizations fail to recognize the early signs that might indicate the commencement of the downfall of their recognition programs. They generally tend to ignore these signs as a passing phase and do not take timely corrective actions.
Hence, they face lower employee engagement, performance and efficiency of the workforce. So, to avoid such situations, organizations should pay attention to any signs of decreasing interest of employees in recognition programs.
These are the top 4 signs:
One of the earliest indicators of a fading employee recognition program is a gradual decline in employee participation. This can be due to repetition of rewards, lack of variety, poorly designed policies and lack of interest from management. Hence, it is important for organizations to gather more information about factors and find ways to rectify the same.
When there is a sudden increase in dissatisfied employees, organizations should take it as a warning sign. Hence, they should try to understand about the unhappiness of employees with the recognition program. In fact, they should have one-on-one interaction with such employees to gain a better understanding of the reasons for their disappointment.
If more employees are taking leaves for frivolous reasons, management should take it as an indication of a fading program. Employees skipping office frequently may be because that they do not care much about the organization’s success. Hence, it is the responsibility of managers to interact with such employees to understand the reasons for this behavior.
Acknowledging that their employee recognition program is fading is the first and the most important step towards reviving it. The next step is to identify the strategies to get the program back on track.
So, here are few such strategies:
Based on feedback from employees, the organization should list out out aspects of the program that have become redundant. These should be replaced with more interesting and creative options that also find favour with the employees. For example, if the organization has been giving gift vouchers for some time, they look at options such as extended leave or conveyance benefits, etc.
Also, introducing new rewards on a regular basis is a great way to maintain the novelty and excitement of the recognition programs. These rewards can be for a short period of time and or a regular feature of the recognition program. Apart from incorporating the changing needs of the employees, such awards can help in reviving their interest in the program. Organizations can even seek suggestions from the members of the workforce about the new awards they want to be introduced.
Often the fading of a recognition program is due to the lack of interest shown by the management. It is important that the management continues to take an active part in the recognition program. In fact, their involvement assure employees of being valued by people who matter the most and keeps motivating them.
Reviving an ailing recognition program can be quite challenging, but when handled in a planned way, it can deliver the benefits and the return on investments for which it was designed.
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