How to Recognize Offline Employees When You Have Recognition Programs

You are grateful that your company has these great, online recognition programs, to send important and worthy messages of recognition to people.

Now you can send branded eCards to one another when someone is seen living your corporate values or achieving a strategic priority. You can even send messages of appreciation and recognition via a social newsfeed on your social recognition program. Peers can like these comments about their colleagues and add their own words of commendation and praise. And, your managers, can nominate employees for an award or actually reward them with points for going above and beyond.

That is, as long as employees have an email address, a computer or an electronic device, and can receive notifications from any of the above vehicles of recognition.

But, if many of your employees are offline and have no company email address, and also no electronic device on the job, how do you get frontline supervisors and managers to embrace online recognition programs? (more…)

Recognizing People Is Good For Their Health

The academic research is clear that employee recognition is one of several keys elements in creating healthy positive organizations.

It was gratifying several years ago to meet Dr. Jean-Pierre Brun, from the University of Laval, and learn from his research how the lack of recognition is a key factor for psychological distress at work.

When employees are treated in a positive manner they have greater positive, psychological functioning which leads to greater wellbeing and health.

But is there a difference between recognition received from supervisors and managers versus from an employee’s peers? (more…)

Nobody Says Anything Along the Way

The importance of giving regular employee feedback

One of the most important things you can do to learn more about giving effective employee recognition is to talk to your employees.

Yep, I know, pretty profound advice, right? But it works.

Your employees want to hear how they are doing on a regular basis and not wait until the end. And they want to receive positive feedback. (more…)