One of the four criteria for the different
levels on our Recognition Maturity Model is the variable of consistency.
If there is one thing, I hear all the time
from recognition managers and program administrators; they hope to have more
people consistently recognizing employees. And they also speak of wanting
greater consistency of recognition across all areas of the organization, be
that by departments or geographic locations.
Consistency is so important that is even
one criterion on our Recognition Maturity Model, which you can learn more about
But what do we mean by giving consistent
recognition? How can you make this happen across your organization?
In a recent recommendations list for dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, I mentioned the need to “remember to celebrate” your many new employees working from home. Whether birthdays, career milestones, or going above and beyond, along with the display of incredible resiliency of so many employees, there’s always so much to celebrate with our employees. And remember to thank and recognize others who assist you in your daily work and life in general.
How to celebrate employees effectively from a
distance and those around you is not always easy, but it is always possible. To
stimulate some celebration ideas for you, consider the following list.
While many companies have moved to a work
from home way
of life for the immediate future, we still have companies that are proceeding
with business. These helpful actions are a good way to keep your employees
healthy and your business running strong during a health crisis,
no matter where they are working from.
Keep employees more informed. Update employees through your company’s intranet website—it’s a single place to find important organizational information.
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home. Since health authorities think the virus mainly spreads person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people, encourage sick employees to stay at home and consult their doctor, no matter how minor the symptoms are.
Go virtual for your meetings. To lessen the number of close contact meetings, consider going more virtual with on-line or teleconference meetings. Many leading tech companies are providing free access to their software so people can connect during this time.
Create telecommute options, where possible. If work functions fit and circumstances such as high geographic incidence rates raise a high risk for contracting COVID-19, offer employees the option to work from home.
Practice healthy living. Promote healthy habits by encouraging employees to follow guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and local health authorities, etc.
Purchase supplies. Try to keep your facilities stocked with tissues, soap, and anti-bacterial cleansers to help employees practice healthy living and reduce spread.
Use regular email communications. Send out email communications reminding employees of the right and wrong things to be doing like avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth to prevent spread of germs.
If someone should get the Coronavirus. Be prepared to have the communication channels available and use managers to inform your entire workforce immediately on how to mitigate risk.
Show caring concern. Send a get-well card and/or gift basket to your ill employee to let them know you care since no one plans on catching the flu.
Signs for the times. Post signs in restrooms, throughout office or common areas reminding all to wash their hands and wiping down their workstations frequently.
Trying to accept this new “normal” is difficult. However, businesses that have a strategy, keep the lines of communication open, and understand the ever-changing impacts of positive actions, will weather this storm.
Recognition Reflection: What special steps are you taking
for dealing with the COVID-19 virus and helping your employees?
was just scrolling through some questions people asked me at the HRPA
Conference in Toronto this past January.
One person asked a question that represents the standard thinking
of many people. They wanted to know how to create a culture of recognition. The
audience there heard my thoughts. Now I want to share them with you.
First off. Please do not create a culture of recognition.
This is the third post in a series on Embedding Recognition in the Everyday Life of the Company. In Part 1, I addressed integrating recognition into your onboarding strategy and practices. Then, in Part 2, I took up how you can weave recognition into your meetings and learning opportunities.
This post will cover more traditional
recognition moments such as career milestones (length of service anniversaries)
and retirement recognition.
As you read these ideas, evaluate how you are doing with recognition in your organization in these areas, and if there are steps you need to take to improve things.
When was the last time you reviewed your recognition and reward program data to see if there is any tendency toward hidden biases?
A hidden—or implicit—bias is defined as a preference for, or
against, a person, thing, or group, which is held at an unconscious level. This
means you and I don’t even know our minds are holding onto this bias. In
contrast, an overt—or explicit—bias is an attitude or prejudice which is very
much endorsed at a conscious level.
For example, what is the proportion of
recognition or reward recipients who are male versus female, with respect
to your employee gender ratio? Are rewards given more often to one gender over
another? Is there any general ratio between white and non-white employees? Do
disabled staff equally merit and receive recognition and rewards for exemplary
Perhaps we all need to ask these kinds of
question when identifying whether hidden biases exist in our recognition and
reward practices and programs.
If there are certain principles that
keep recognition and rewards open it is fairness and equity.