Recognition is a
relatively new experience in the workplace and especially using technology
driven recognition programs. Rewards were always recognition’s historical
then is how do you evolve your current recognition programs to be ready for the
ongoing future developments of the future?
As you look at
the past, awards and rewards, especially using money to reward employees—were
viewed as the only potential motivator to increase performance
The attitude was
if you want employees to work more and better, then you had to pay them with
monetary rewards when they performed at the desired level. Rewards were totally
a top-down approach from managers to employees because the whole purpose was
business focused. Manager’s focus was on paying or rewarding employees for
higher performance and then the company will get better business results and
organizations today, there is still a perception that rewards are so much
easier to give than to be bothered with the extra care and effort required
to recognize someone.
A reward in
isolation of employee recognition, especially monetary rewards, only serves to
create an entitlement mentality that relies solely on extrinsic motivation.
organization fixated by rewards and just transacting with employees?
You have a great recognition platform set up with various peer-to-peer and manager driven recognition programs. The launch and kick-off you designed and started was perfect. What happened next? Crickets.
Hardly anyone was using your recognition programs.
What can you do, or what should you have done to begin with, to ensure greater participation by employees in using your recognition programs? (more…)
We should all know what employee recognition is but what exactly is positive psychological functioning? How can recognition help promote a psychologically healthy workplace?
Positive psychological functioning is all about having available the right resources and supports needed for employees to function properly in the workplace. You can also call this psychological health and safety.
The American Psychological Association suggests the main characteristics of organizations that promote employee health and well-being are: employee involvement, work-life balance, employee growth and development, health and safety, and employee recognition.
The European Institute of “Great Place to Work” has analyzed the characteristics of best workplaces and found them to be places that care about relationships based on: pride (you feel proud of the company you work for and of your job within it), camaraderie (enjoying the people you work with), and trust (which includes: fairness, credibility, and respect).
So, how does recognition impact this whole construct of positive psychological functioning? (more…)