When it comes to increasing engagement among employees, recognition programs are the way to go. There’s no better way to engage employees than to let them know they’re special, needed and important to the overall success and growth of your company. Rewarding employees who have shown improvement in a certain area and acknowledging those who have gone above and beyond are great ways to foster pride among employees, helping meet the psychological needs of individuals and can raise employee satisfaction levels across the board.
Recognition can come in a variety of ways: verbal, written, digital, and even through a variety of communication channels. Depending on how your company is structured, recognition can flow from the top down — from the CEO, senior executives and managers — or from peer-to-peer, where employees are encouraged to recognize each other.
Here are a few programs to consider:
Employee Spotlight Programs – for exceptional service
Service Awards – for long-term employees
On-the-Spot Recognition – cash or vouchers for company items
Pass It On – a traveling token, medallion or recognition jar
Post It Online – on the company intranet or social media site
Recognition Wall – a place to post a note about a coworker
No way is the wrong way. Receiving recognition can sometimes be interpreted as more sincere if received from peers who are on your same level but it might also feel less important if your employee is looking for praise from someone who “matters.” It all depends on the person and the current culture of your company. That’s why it’s good to take a multi-dimensional approach to employee recognition and cover all your bases.