How To Shape Diversity and Inclusion With Recognition

There is a lot a talk lately about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

A simple search of the combined terms yielded results of over 148 million references.

And I was recently asked a question about how employee recognition comes into play with both diversity and inclusion.

I think the question being asked was more about whether effective employee recognition practices can have any impact on diversity and inclusion.

Here are my thoughts. (more…)

How Do You Want Your Company’s Recognition To Be Better?

I always love working with leaders on creating their Recognition Strategy documents.

After the organization has created their North Star of a Recognition Purpose and Philosophy statement, it’s usually time to take a look at a gap analysis of how they stack up against industry best practices.

Following that assessment leaders usually have a pretty good idea on the next steps they need to take to improve recognition for their organization.

That’s when it is time to develop a recognition plan to narrow down on four to six focus areas that can be worked on over the next 12 months.

But before I guide people on determining the focus points to work on I always ask people to narrow down on the overall goal for the company.

Thinking about your own organization right now, do you have an idea that comes to mind for your company? (more…)

3 Things You Gotta Have In Your Recognition Strategy

No matter where in the world I have been and asked to conduct a Recognition Strategy session – whether in Columbus, Ohio or Mumbai, India – the end product has always been amazement at the simplicity and depth of what the people in the room just created.

What is a recognition strategy?

It is a written declaration of what leaders in an organization believe recognition really is and what it means to them. It also shares why they intend to practice recognition giving for the benefit of employees, for their customers and even for their shareholders.

Going into these sessions everyone involved always thinks they know exactly what recognition is.

Surprise! Not so. It often takes a little bit of education first to differentiate between rewards and recognition before we can proceed.

So, what must you absolutely have in order to create a well-crafted Recognition Strategy?

There are actually three things that you must have in a Recognition Strategy: (more…)

Do You Really Maintain A Culture With Recognition?

I have written before about stopping people from creating a “this or that” culture.

In fact, in the early stages of my career, I used to deliver a course called “Making A Real Recognition® Culture”.

Now I refute this belief I once stated.

You only need one culture.

Your culture is your company’s purpose, vision and values. It is the explicit way you do things where you work. It’s the common set of beliefs and appropriate behaviors everyone strives to follow.

You don’t need a culture of engagement, a culture of trust, a culture of collaboration, or a culture of growth, innovation, or change, for that matter.

You shouldn’t even have a recognition culture.

What you need is your very own culture – whatever it is you and your organization stand for.

But the question asked is whether recognition will help you maintain your organizational culture. (more…)

How to Make Recognition Appeal to Different Employee Groups

It can be challenging to provide recognition that is meaningful across different employee groups and still be perceived as equitable and fair.

I will show you some strategic and structural ways in which you can plan to make recognition appeal to all employee groups.

Remember there is no perfect recognition system for all organizations. Recognition can never be a cookie cutter approach. But there is a recipe for having greater recognition success when dealing with different employee types and levels.

Use the following ingredients and directions for making recognition appeal to everyone. (more…)

Top 10 Ways to Better Align Your Recognition Programs

To get your recognition programs functioning properly you need to align them better across your organization. Your job is to make the proper adjustments so your programs run smoothly.

Follow these simple steps to align recognition better in your organization by clicking here.

Date: January 10, 2017
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How To Get Your Values to Drive Recognition

Values are a big deal when it comes to employee recognition.

After all, values are the way organizations, or the people that work there, do things. And when people do the right things the right way they deserve to be acknowledged for demonstrating those values.

Real recognition is about appreciating people for they are and recognizing them for what they do.

Catching people doing the right things can easily be done through offline recognition practices or online recognition programs.

Your values are key to getting recognition happening well.

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Top 10 Reasons Companies Fail with Employee Recognition

An OfficeTeam survey discovered a disconnect between managers’ and employees’ answer to the question, “How effective do you think your company is at recognizing employees for good performance?” It seems 89% of senior managers felt their organization was good at showing appreciation to workers. But only 70% of employees gave their firms high marks for acknowledging their achievements. Start correcting this gap through addressing these Top 10 Reasons Companies Fail with Employee Recognition today. (more…)

Top 10 Mistakes in Designing a Rewards Program

Setting up and implementing a rewards program doesn’t necessarily lead to instant success unless it’s done the right way.

Below are the Top 10 Mistakes leaders, recognition administrators and practitioners can sometimes make when designing and implementing the various employee rewards programs in their companies.

Are you ready? (more…)