There are lots of studies done revealing how leaders are doing with giving meaningful and effective recognition to their employees.
The Canadian firm, Psychometrics, found in their Study of Employee Engagement in the Canadian Workplace that 58 percent of employees say leaders giving more recognition would improve employee engagement.
In my research with the Survey Findings of Employee Recognition in the Public Sector, managers who responded, overwhelmingly stated that senior leader involvement with employee recognition was very or extremely important (93 percent). However, the reality reveals only 21 percent of leaders are very involved, a sign that people who make the organizations run are not seen as important or valued.
Gallup research shows nearly one-quarter of employees said the most memorable recognition comes from a high-level leader or CEO. They suggest that employees will always remember personal feedback from the CEO. When a high-ranking leader takes time to show appreciation, it can yield a positive impression for an employee that could last a lifetime. In fact, acknowledgment from a CEO could become a career highlight.
What we are seeing is the need for senior leaders to become better at giving recognition. Let’s explore some ways for getting there.
As we prepare to enter a whole new decade and move into a future still to be determined I cannot help reflecting on the most popular posts from the past decade. They shed some light on where readers minds are and what they need to learn to make recognition better.
I hope you will benefit from reading these previously shared posts in order to ride into 2021 with confidence and clarity of thought about your recognition strategy.
Perhaps you got lulled in by the 1990s mantra that “if you build it, they will come” when you designed your online recognition program.
The truth is the origin of that quote is a misquotation from the movie “Field of Dreams”. In the movie it is the lead character played by Kevin Costner, who hears the whisper from the cornfield, that “if you build it, he will come”. The “it” refers to a baseball field and the “he” is a long deceased, famous baseball player idolized by the lead character.
We all know the premise of the quote as it relates to business contradicts basic marketing principles. Establish a need for something first before you ever build it.
Let’s examine some reasons I have seen for why recognition programs may not be working very well.
The past year has been a roller-coaster experience for many people.
And employee recognition got on board the same ride. In many organizations, the number of recognition occurrences measured through online recognition and reward programs tumbled down much lower than normal.
The whole work-from-home mandate has caused many people to be out of sight and out of mind as far as being recognized for the amazing things they are doing.
I wonder if you have seen the things I have with recognition this past year.