When you search
out Recognition Professionals International’s (RPI) seven best practices
standards you’ll learn that their first standard is Recognition Strategy.
RPI defines a
Recognition Strategy as a written strategy statement and plan with specific
program objectives, with recognition aligned to the organization’s culture
(i.e. vision, mission and values) and the business strategy and
objectives. They use a three-dimensional recognition approach of formal,
informal and day-to-day recognition practices. This Recognition Strategy
document typically outlines the procedures and processes used and the
program delivery methods for the various types of recognition adopted.
My definition of
a recognition strategy includes a few more features that help make your
recognition strategy a working, actionable tool.
Typical steps for creating a business strategy require senior leadership team involvement, analysis of previous financial and operational goals and outcomes, and direction as far as the future state of where the company should be heading.
Having a written recognition strategy puts recognition practices and programs on the same level as a corporate business strategy.
But what if you don’t have the luxury to get senior leaders and a sampling of departmental or business unit leaders in the same room? If you can’t facilitate and collaborate with others to create a recognition strategy document, what should you do?
I will show you how to create a quick and easy recognition strategy with a basic structure and outline, along with some questions to ask yourself as a guide. Are you ready? (more…)
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…)