Employee Recognition is part of employee engagement. In this piece we will review some of the things that can assist a leader to succeed at employee recognition. Employees want that recognition and we have found more often than not, that the recognition they seek is usually a “Thank You” or “Great Job.”
Having a recognition program helps retention and employee satisfaction. Always ensure that when there is positive recognition that it is linked to the action and/ or behavior that the employee exhibited or performed. Also ensure that the recognition is done in a timely manner. There would be no reason to wait long time periods to offer praise.
It makes a good practice to engage employees daily to ensure you do not miss those times that deserve the recognition. There should also be a written personal note attached in addition to the verbal recognition. When writing the personal recognition, make sure it is written in a personal way and in your own handwriting is ideal.
When creating that “prize” for recognition, make sure you are consistent and something it is valued by the employee. This could range from a gift card to extra time off.