Many factors affect the success of implementing the practice of giving effective and meaningful employee recognition where you work.
Your organizational culture is just one of those factors but it’s often ignored.
Organizational culture is the shared values and beliefs that inform and govern how people behave in an organization. It influences how people act at work and do their jobs.
The successful use of your recognition and reward programs is directly impacted by the strength and positive perception of your company’s culture.
That’s why you must ask yourself: Is our organizational culture contributing towards making recognition giving a way of life?
Or, perhaps your culture is getting in the way of recognition. (more…)
Does your CHRO or HR Manager seem overwhelmed?
Human Resources leaders are getting fatigued with all that is on their plates right now. They tend to get bogged down with all the administrative details versus the strategic work they want to do.
They’re expected to keep the talent acquisition pipeline filled, increase the engagement level of all employees, have the most attractive benefits and compensation packages, keep up with diversity and inclusion, and ensure everyone’ productive and performing well.
Where should HR prioritize?
HR needs to focus on the people side of the company and all actions that will add value to the business.
There is one tool, however, that will help you with both these areas.
It goes across all the functional responsibilities HR has to handle.
Are you ready? (more…)
You can read the research statistics out there on employee recognition and wonder where do you begin.
Take this example from the Gallup Business Journal of June 28, 2016:
“According to Gallup’s analysis, only one in three workers in the U.S. strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days. At any given company, it’s not uncommon for employees to feel that their best efforts are routinely ignored. Further, employees who do not feel adequately recognized are twice as likely to say they’ll quit in the next year.”
That means if you had 1,000 employees in your company that 667 of them would say they did not receive sufficient or any recognition or praise for doing good work in the last seven days.
Or consider this nursing example where only 31.6 percent of nurses received praise or recognition often or very often from nurse unit managers. Yet these recognized nurses “showed more job satisfaction, stated they had more opportunities to practice professionally, described a more positive work climate and were more committed to the organization such as being proud to work at and willing to make effort for the unit and hospital” – than those nurses rarely or very rarely receiving praise.
So you have 1,000 nurses in your hospital and the likelihood is high that 684 of them are poorly praised and recognized and have low engagement towards the institution and with patient care.
Overall, that is a lot of people needing recognition. (more…)
For over 30 years now research studies continue to show one of the highest reasons for leaving a place of employment is a lack of recognition for workplace contributions.
You can learn to solve the challenges in your organization’s approach to giving people effective recognition, by looking at The 3 Essential Factors for Recognition.
Understanding these factors will provide you with insights as to where your own organization is presently at in appreciating the work and worth of your employees and what you need to do next.
What are these factors? (more…)
You are fortunate enough to have an executive sponsor for employee recognition and who supports all the managing of recognition related things that you do.
They are willing to go to bat for you and are exemplary in using the company recognition programs and expressing appreciation to employees.
Their expectation of you is to regularly provide them with high level results on how recognition is impacting the business.
After all, your executive has to present the numbers to the complete senior leadership team and collectively they approve your budget.
So what is the best way to present the progress and impact employee recognition is making to your senior leadership team?
At a bare minimum they will be expecting the following: (more…)
If you’ve been running recognition programs and initiatives for a while, you have likely encountered the inquisitive, cynical, or perhaps challenging leader who throws down the ROI gauntlet for you to “prove” recognition is contributing to the bottom line.
My recommendation is to be careful about jumping too quickly or focusing solely on the money-sided ROI. Make sure you examine both below and above the bottom line to more easily convert recognition into an investment versus an expense.
Yes, there is a lot more to ROI than meets the eye, which is why we will examine ROI to the power of three. It’s much more than being financial.
You need to look at other returns that can come from recognition. (more…)
Maybe you’ve seen what I have seen over 20+ years of trying to help many companies get their employee recognition right.
Often I am dealing with managers in the middle – typically from Human Resources – who understand the importance of employee recognition and are trying desperately to rectify low recognition scores reported by their employees on the latest employee engagement survey.
Even their director knows they need to improve this engagement line, which has been doing poorly for the past few years.
The problem is with the most senior leader.
It can be chief executive officer, president, or chief administrator – whatever the title and whoever the person is at the very top.
They just don’t get it. (more…)
Vineet Nayar, an Indian business executive, author and philanthropist, and former Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies, authored a critically acclaimed management book a little while back titled “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down”.
My colleague and friend, S. Max Brown, had the opportunity to interview Vineet Nayar in Delhi, India for our former Internet radio show, Real Recognition Radio.
HCL Technologies has over 65,000 global employees in 26 different countries in the technology services industry.
Under Vineet’s leadership and vision, HCL changed from a workplace with high attrition and low attraction to being named the Number One Best Employer in India and Best Employer in both Asia and the United Kingdom.
How did recognition and appreciation in the workplace happen because of Vineet’s transformational thinking?
I’ll share some insights I gleaned from the interview. (more…)
Too many people at work don’t feel appreciated for their contributions or anything they do and that’s not right!
So they have days like Employee Appreciation Day with the hope that with a few events, refreshments and decorations you can make things better.
Employee Appreciation Day has been around since 1995 but we still can’t seem to get this recognition stuff happening the right way. (more…)
Many leaders are unaware of how valued or recognized their employees are feeling right now. It’s not always a pretty picture.
The Gallup group suggest only a third of employees they survey through all their client companies actually receive recognition or praise for doing good work on the job in any given week.
I am going to share 3 simple ways you can use to find out how well recognized your employees feel, today!
But first… (more…)