Employees today have a much greater choice on the organizations where they work. This stiff competition in the talent market necessitates organizations to build strong employee reward and recognition programs to drive employee engagement and retention. In this context, celebrating personal milestones of employees need to be integral to such programs.
Celebrating personal milestones of employees, such as their birthdays and anniversaries, provides the organizations with an effective way to assure employees that they are being valued as individuals by their employers and thus boost their sense of loyalty and commitment to the organization.
The impact of such actions on part of the organization can last really long and boost the morale of the employees significantly. It can also help establish an emotional bonding between the employees and the organization.
Celebration of personal milestones of the employees should be integrated with the overall employee reward program. The following important personal milestones should be considered:
Remembering and celebrating birthdays is one of the best ways for organizations to show their employees that they value and care for them. Hence birthdays one of the most important personal milestones should be incorporated into the employee rewards program.
Birthday wishes can be triggered automatically from an employee rewards and recognition platform on the birthday of the employee . Managers and team members can be copied on these notifications. Co-workers can send birthday messages to the employee in response.
2. Weddings/ Anniversaries
Weddings and anniversaries are important personal milestones in the lives of employees. Celebrating such a milestone creates a family-like emotional bonding between the organization and the employee.
Anniversary wishes can be triggered automatically from an employee rewards and recognition platform on the wedding anniversary of the employee. Managers and team members can be copied on these notifications.
3. New Born
Becoming a parent is one of the highest points in any person’s life. By being a part of the celebrations, the organization can create a deep and long term connection with the employee and his/ her family.
4. Work Anniversaries
Celebrating work anniversaries of employees, especially those who have served the organization for a long time is critical towards making them feel valued. By celebrating work anniversaries, organizations can express their gratitude towards such employees, and acknowledge and appreciate their loyalty and commitment over the years.
Organizations need to understand the importance of integrating personal milestones celebration into employee recognition programs to boost their engagement and motivation levels. So simply throwing a party at the workplace may not be enough to get the desired results.
A few ways to celebrate the personal milestones of employees most effectively are listed below:
1. Time-off: Organizations can consider offering paid time off to their employees on their birthdays and anniversaries to spend time with their loved ones.
2. Sponsored Experiences: Organizations can sponsor experiences such as dining, visits to amusement parks, adventure trips, etc. to their employees on their birthdays and anniversaries.
3. Gifts: Organizations can give wedding gifts such as gift vouchers or vacation packages to their employees who have just got married. Similarly, organizations can offer employees who have become parents recently gift cards, baby gift hampers or even cash.
4. Public Celebration: An effective way to celebrate the work anniversaries of employees is to felicitate them in a public forum in front of their colleagues and present them with certificates and gifts.
Celebrating personal milestones of employees as part of their employee rewards and recognition programs can help organizations to motivate their employees and drive their performance, commitment and loyalty.
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