You gain a lot when you have an executive sponsor for employee recognition.
An executive or leadership sponsor is a leader who actively advocates for the organization’s recognition strategy and for the recognition programs that you manage. Having a C-level sponsor is considered a key requirement for success.
One area repeatedly comes up weak when I assess many organizations on their recognition practices and programs. That missing element is recognition, and they barely touched upon it in their leadership development curriculum.
True, they may or may not have online education on effective recognition practices. And they might have a few tutorials on how to use their various recognition programs.
But with educating and training leaders on effective recognition giving, the well is often dry.
Not every organization has a leader or a leadership team that drives recognition initiatives.
Always aim for leader commitment and support for your recognition strategy and programs. It is essential to get their personal and emotional commitment and not just their buy in. The concept of “buy in” is so organizational driven, detached, financial focused, and transactional.
I will explain the seriousness behind getting your leaders to lead recognition in your organization.
As a member of Recognition Professional’s International (RPI) for over 15 years, I have been able to learn from, and share insights observed from clients about making recognition happen the right way, with other recognition professionals.
One concern a lot of recognition program managers have is getting the personal commitment and support from their senior leaders.
That’s why I’ve always liked a five-step set of principles from one of RPI’s courses that I think will help you.
Recently, my wife and I conducted a ten-week emotional resilience course for some members in our church congregation.
One of the weekly commitments that each of us worked on was keeping a daily gratitude journal. All we had to do was reflect on our day and write one or more things that we were thankful for on that day.
It certainly helped put a smile on our face at the end of each day. This was something totally in our control and cost nothing to put in place.
Imagine what leaders in your organization could do for employees if they thanked them better for everything they do. Here are some tips you can pass along to them.
It is wonderful when leaders take the bull by the horns to highlight new initiatives like your recognition programs, perhaps new program features, merging of company recognition platforms, you name it.
Have your president and/or CEO become well versed in describing and explaining the features of the recognition programs. Then have your CHRO reveal your program and demonstrate how you can recognize a colleague.
To have your recognition programs stand out from the crowd, you must have leaders who will lead the way with them.
One issue impeding recognition managers from initiating a recognition strategy is having the full support of their senior leadership.
Before undertaking the creation of a written recognition strategy and plan, you must operate with the full blessing of the leader you report to. Your leader knows all that is going on in the organization. They can tell you some of the direction happening. They will know what to beware of, or at least to be mindful of.
So, let me give you five ways to get your leader’s support for your recognition strategy.