Tag: employee engagement

Employee Recognition Requires Regular Tune Ups

Employee Recognition So often when I meet with new clients, I ask one question to the executive team:  “Do you value your employee’s loyalty?”  Of course the resounding answer is yes.  Having been in this industry for well over a decade, I would obviously agree with this statement.  I have seen high employee turnover reversed by implementing a well-run and carefully crafted employee recognition program.

So back to my original question, if you value employee loyalty and recognize that these types of programs work, it still baffles me when a company takes the time and resources to implement a program, but incorporates a “set it and forget it” mentality towards the program.  I have met with clients that have had the exact same program in place for over 7 years and can’t understand why their program is experiencing a decline in engagement.  It is the equivalent of purchasing a new car and being thrilled with the performance and handling but never changing the oil, replacing or rotating the tires, or performing any other maintenance.  Five years later, your car is sluggish, the performance has significantly declined and you are left wondering if you should just replace the whole thing!

Employee recognition programs need to be maintained in order to constantly drive value to your employees and should take advantage of the latest technologies such as social networking that is available to your employees today.  When redesigning or considering for the first time your employee recognition program, we recommend these three simple steps:

  1. Be very clear about your objectives.  This may sound obvious, but too often companies lose sight of why they are putting this program in place.  Are you trying to increase productivity, decrease turnover, reward for years of service, etc.?
  2. Identify and target the most valuable and/or at-risk audience within your employee population and then target those employees on a more constant and consistent basis to maximize impact and drive real results.
  3. Keep your program fresh. Again this sounds simple, but many companies forget to do this.  If the program is stale, it will lose traction with your employee audience.  Incorporate ways that employees can tap into their competitive side by using social recognition tools within your program portal.

Whichever provider is chosen to manage your employee recognition initiative, it’s imperative that the program isn’t an afterthought – and is consistently updated with fresh engagement techniques in order to achieve desired results.

Get Ready to Recognize: Today is Employee Appreciation Day!

According to Recognition Professionals International, today is Employee Appreciation Day.  This RPI post lists numerous examples of different ways to recognize your employees on this special day.  Some include giving them a subscription to their favorite business magazine, getting a new gadget for the office, or treating your employee and their significant other to a… Read more »

Summer – A Time for Engagement

Engage. Engaged. Engagement. Right now, this word seems to be very popular among many organizations. How to engage employees? How to keep employees engaged? How to manage the engagement of employees? For most businesses engagement is defined as “an emotional connection an employee feels toward his or her employment organization, which tends to influence his… Read more »

Employee Recognition – Always a Good Fit

Like your favorite pair of shoes or faded jeans – employee recognition programs are a good fit, regardless of organization or industry.  Sales, distribution, manufacturing, transportation, food service, healthcare, and virtually any other type of organization can benefit from a comprehensive employee recognition program. Organizations providing goods and/or services in a competitive environment face common… Read more »