Employee recognition is when an employer or colleague takes the time to recognize the work efforts of an individual or of a team.
Studies being done in recent years all point to the same thing: Employee recognition plays a major role in employee engagement and employee engagement, in turn, plays a major role in the success of a company.
Recognizing employees doesn’t have to break your bank account.
Every company can improve employee job satisfaction and can do so without having to reward their staff with tangible gifts. There are personal, authentic, and engaging ways to build meaning and purpose for employees.
"52% of respondents said that they would be more engaged in the workplace if their leaders gave
(2015 Psychometrics survey)
This means that over half the people in this group don’t feel sufficiently engaged and lack the positive reinforcement so crucial to the foundations of a successful business. Do you want more than half of your employees to feel disengaged from their daily tasks and overall work life?
It’s important companies develop a plan for recognizing employees—and sticks to it. Too often praising employees for a job well done is dismissed or forgotten between the daily work of the next big meeting and the myriad of impending deadlines. 98% of Canadian employees feel that engagement is a crucial issue that needs to be addressed (Psychometrics, 2015).
Something so simple as saying “Thank you!” or “You did a great job today!” can work wonders when it comes to the morale of an individual. Not only is it beneficial to that individual, but it’s likely that the employee will then talk about the experience with their colleagues, and in sharing that seemingly small piece of information, they spread the positive reinforcement they’ve experienced. Recognizing good work and behaviour tends to be a multiplier of positivity.
When employees receive praise as a team it increases both the morale of the individuals in that team and to the group as a whole. This praise transforms into a shared experience that fosters a sense of belonging, promotes deeper collaboration, and ensures the continuation of good work & functional relationships in the future.
One way to acknowledge great work is through employee coaching and mentorships with more experienced colleagues and/or superiors. This will increase the impact learning has on performance as well as mental well-being. If an employee feels like they are being invested in, the more likely they will take their job to heart and become engaged.
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