10 tips to effective employee recognition you can start doing today {Slideshare}

10 tips to effective employee recognition

Every organisation should recognise their employees. It’s the best place to start in motivating and engaging a workforce.

But how do you go about it?

These 10 simple tips will help you approach recognition in the way that will most positively impact your people.

Better yet, you can start doing them immediately.

10. Take every opportunity to show gratitude.

Find time each day to express thanks, it makes us feel a sense of worth that in turn prompts helpful behaviours.

9. Connect recognition to something specific.

Ensure your company mission and values drive the daily activities and exchanges that result in being recognised.

8. Be genuine.

Recognition isn’t a task to tick off your daily to-do list. Ensure you really mean what you say, focus on the detail and reinforce the behaviours that led to success.

7. Think of the individual.

Some employees will prefer 1:1 recognition over a public announcement. Consider the specific person and recognise them in the way they want.

6. Don’t be slow to react.

Allowing time to pass between great work and praise will only weaken its effect. Employee recognition doesn’t work to a timetable, make it immediate.

5. Celebrate publicly.

Consider ways to amplify your stories of great work via your intranet, company-wide meetings, social channels and email. Just being witness to praise is a source of motivation.

4. Don’t play favourites.

Ensure recognition is attainable, fair and consistent for every employee by ensuring you acknowledge everyone’s achievements, big or small.

3. Get leadership buy-in.

Your employees’ perception of the value of employee recognition will increase when their manager supports it. Ensure your leaders make recognition a priority.

2. Make sure it’s fun.

Find different, surprising and creative ways to show your thanks. Employee recognition shouldn’t become a monotonous expectation amongst your employees.

1. Let them choose.

Reward using monetary and non-monetary methods, and provide enough choice that your employees can set their own preferences.