While many of us have been working from home for a few months now, adapting recognition habits that existed in the office may be difficult in your new virtual environment. The first of RPI’s 7 Best Practice Standards is recognition strategy. It is important to thoughtfully develop your own strategy for your organization, and adjust your virtual strategy.
In a blog post for CA Short, RPI President Scott Russell explains that peer-to-peer recognition is more scalable than top-down recognition and it builds culture by creating trust between employees. Today, we will look at how you can adapt your peer-to-peer strategy to a completely virtual environment.
1. Set goals
Simply telling your employees to recognize each other is not enough. Be specific and set some expectations. For example, encourage your employees to recognize another employee once a week via email, text or phone call. This clear direction will make it more likely that they will recognize their peers.
2. Have them help each other
One great way to recognize someone else is to lend a hand. Encourage your employees to reach out and offer support to an employee who is spread too thin. This is a great way to acknowledge someone’s hard work while giving them a break. Writing for Predictive Index, David Brumaru says this can be as easy as offering to grab them a water or a coffee when they are particularly tuned in, but you could go even further and take on a task for them.
3. Encourage bonding
This is particularly important now that many are lacking social interaction. Encourage employees to take virtual coffee breaks or lunches to connect with each other. You could take this one step further by randomly setting up your employees, which was an idea from Predictive Index.
4. Find recognition software
Implementing a recognition platform keeps recognition at the forefront of employees’ minds. This would work particularly well in a remote environment. Scott Russell explains that CA Short’s platform is robust yet easy to use.
5. Give awards to give
Microsoft’s blog encourages employers to find a reward, such as an e-gift card, that can easily be given remotely and send a code to each employee to give to someone they want to thank. This way, you are encouraging recognition, but giving employees the ability to recognize others.
Check out RPI’s 7 Best Practice Standards.
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