Today organizations have become well aware of the fact that a higher level of employee engagement is essential for enhancing productivity, innovation, and business growth. In this context, they need understand the significance of timely employee rewards and recognition to make it truly effective.
Employee recognition can help organizations get amazing results not only in specific work areas but across the entire organization. In fact, industry experts are of the opinion that recognition is the most important HR tool that can be leveraged by managers to drive engagement and performance.
This is because recognizing the efforts and achievements of employees is known to enhance their overall satisfaction levels with the organization. It also makes them feel valued and inclusive in organizational growth.
Most importantly, employee recognition helps in opening up avenues of communication between the employees and the management, which further improves engagement and performance.
Employee recognition programs and strategies vary from one organization to another and are based on the unique needs of the organizations as well as employee preferences.
Here are a few easy ways in which organizations can recognize their employees:
1. Written Praise
Short hand-written notes of appreciation or even emails appreciating the efforts and contribution of employees are common methods of employee recognition.
These notes and emails act as tangible proof of the achievements of an employee and bring a personal touch to the whole concept of employee appreciation. Most importantly, they offer great flexibility in terms of appreciation shown to an employee.
2. Verbal Praise
Another common type of employee recognition is verbal praise, which is also the oldest method of employee appreciation. Verbal praise is almost always informal in nature and can be offered by the supervisors of the employees, their peers and even the members of top management in an ad-hoc manner.
This method proves very effective in boosting employee motivation and engagement levels.
3. Recognition across Corporate Platforms and Social Media
Acknowledging and appreciating the efforts and achievements of employees on various corporate platforms such as Teams, Slack and Workplace and social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook has been gaining popularity. With most employees having an active social media presence, such recognition can go a long way in enhancing their motivation levels besides improving their overall engagement with the organization.
Most importantly, being recognized on such platforms give the employees a sense of pride and makes them feel more committed towards their organization.
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There is no denying the fact that organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of employee recognition. This awareness has enabled them to take the necessary steps towards developing and implementing an effective recognition system.
However, they often tend to overlook the significance of timely recognition. Appreciating the efforts and achievements of employees in a timely manner is the key to a successful, impactful and meaningful recognition program.
Here are the key reasons for the significance of timely recognition:
1. Links Recognition Closely to the Action or Event being Recognized
Organizations often delay recognizing the actions or behaviors of their employees till an end-of-year event or quarterly team/ department meetings. This often makes the whole exercise ineffective as most employees do not feel appreciated the same way if it were to be done immediately after the achievement.
By recognizing the achievements in time, organizations can encourage the entire workforce to perform the actions that have helped their colleagues to earn the appreciation in the first place, as they can understand the linkage between them easily.
2. Encourages Recipients to Repeat Behaviors
Failure to recognize employee efforts in time results in diminishing the impact for recipients and other employees. This is especially true for entry-level employees, who might still be struggling to establish themselves in the organization.
This is a loss of opportunity to encourage similar behavior; it might even cause them to become demotivated if the delay is significant.
According to Bamboo HR, 75% of employees receiving recognition at least once a month are satisfied with their job.
Gallup, the renowned analytic and advisory company recommends that organizations should recognize an employee every seven days.
Another study shows that 58% of HR professionals recommend that business leaders should recognize and praise their employees more often to help drive engagement.
Employee recognition needs to be timely and in the right way to get the desired results in terms of improved performance and higher engagement levels, which is why organizations need to adopt a policy of more effective and spontaneous recognition.
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