Employees want to feel valued. They want to feel appreciated. However, in the day-to-day of project deadlines and heavy labor, it’s easy to forget the importance of acknowledging and recognizing employees.
Ask yourself: Do your employees feel valued and appreciated?
While some view employee recognition as unnecessary, regular appreciation won’t only make your employees feel good- there are countless rewards you and your company will receive, too. Recognition positively impacts employee engagement, work performance, job satisfaction, customer service, and more.
A SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) survey also found employees that do not receive regular recognition are twice as likely to leave their organization.
So how can you start recognizing employees TODAY?
1: Stop Believing a Budget is Required
Many leaders believe employee recognition requires a large budget. This couldn’t be further from the truth! While some forms of recognition do cost money (i.e. gift cards or a personalized gift), not all recognition does. Here are a few free recognition activities to get started:
- Give an employee a hand-written note
- In a meeting, publicly thank an employee for time/effort on a project or initiative
- Provide an employee the opportunity to participate in a special project or meeting
- Leverage birthdays and anniversaries as an opportunity to spotlight employees
2: Individualize Recognition
Not all employees like to receive recognition the same way. Some prefer private recognition while others enjoy public celebrations. Certain employees may be overjoyed with a free lunch while others want to spend time with you one-on-one. To identify how your employees like to be recognized, simply ask! Here are several questions to begin the conversation:
- What makes you feel most appreciated at work?
- How do you best like to be recognized?
- When/how often would you like to be recognized?
- Do you feel like you receive enough recognition from me? What about your peers?
3: Make it Specific & Habitual
Employees do great work each and every day so recognize employees often! If you only recognize an employee once, it will not have the positive impact you desire. Remember, what gets rewarded gets repeated. With that said, the more specific the recognition is, the larger the impact.
For example, instead of “Great job!”, indicate what the employee did that was great: “I appreciate how detailed your presentation was during the safety briefing this morning, it was a great reminder for us all.”
4: Encourage Peer-to-Peer Recognition
Don’t be the only one that recognizes employees. Peer-to-peer recognition can be as valuable as recognition from a leader. This type of recognition improves engagement and overall customer service. An easy way to incorporate peer-to-peer recognition is to save a few minutes in a team meeting for employees to give one another “shout outs” for work well done.
With the current talent shortage,
employee recognition can’t be ignored.
Take the initiative and use these steps to recognize your employees’ hard work and to share your appreciation. For further discussions about employee engagement or recognition, contact Enova to learn how we can help you recruit, train, and retain your workforce.