Recognizing Employees Everyday: 4 Tips for Maximizing Recognition
When thinking about employee recognition, the first thing that comes to mind might be an extravagant event or a ‘years of service’ award. While annual and scheduled activities are both important formal ways to celebrate the contributions of employees, one that is equally as important is informal everyday recognition.
Before diving into everyday recognition, the question needs to be asked: why should organizations recognize employees in the first place? The answer is easy: everyday recognition is a great way to encourage employee engagement and show appreciation for their hard work without a large cost. Furthermore, author and industry expert Josh Bersin notes that “Organizations that give regular ‘thanks to their employees’ far outperform those that do not”. When it comes down to it, everyday recognition seems like a simple way to support employees, while simultaneously benefiting the organization.
And it is. Everyday (or day-to-day) recognition is simple. It doesn’t have to be fancy; it is cheap, and it encourages everyone in the organization to participate. And most importantly, everyday recognition is sustainable because it makes it easy for managers and employees to keep the recognition program ongoing.
Based on RPI’s Seven Best Practice StandardsⓇ, successful recognition programs are balanced -- they incorporate day-to-day, informal, and formal recognition. Want to make your employee recognition program a success? Here are four effective and meaningful ways to recognize employees everyday:
It seems obvious, but verbal recognition is one of the easiest and most meaningful ways to incorporate recognition every single day. Even a simple and specific “thank you” in the moment is powerful and can make someone’s day.
- Emails and notes
Even the busiest workers can make time to recognize employees. Emails and notes are another simple, quick, and meaningful way to recognize individuals, even if you work remotely or are on the go.
- Encourage peer to peer recognition
Managers aren’t the only people who can provide recognition. Letting everyone participate not only fosters relationships between coworkers, but also creates a positive work environment.
- Calls, instant messaging, and social media
Most people have access to a mobile or work phone throughout the day, making it easy to give recognition via instant messaging or on the organization’s intranet and open social media channels. While it may not be the most popular option, never underestimate the power of even a brief phone call.
When it comes to recognition, the payoff is not something tangible. It is in the act itself. Maximize your time, money, and employee potential by incorporating everyday recognition into your organization’s program.
Recognition strategy is just one of RPI’s Seven Best Practice Standards. Learn about the other standards here.
Want to go deeper? Check out Recognition Fundamentals to expand your knowledge, excel in your job and maximize your recognition program.