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The time to start recognising your staff is NOW

By June 22, 2012 May 6th, 2020 No Comments

There are still a disappointingly large number of surveys being published that show that the level of employee disengagement continues to run at a high level.

One recent survey from HC Online quoted that 21% of employees are actively disengaged. That means one in five staff members are actually working against their employers. Can you believe the impact that must be having on the bottom line?

So if you are not thinking about how to motivate, engage and inspire your staff you should be asking yourself why. A well planned and executed recognition program can deliver major business benefits.

However, as with any organisational change being considered, it takes time to plan, deliver, review and refine. An employee recognition program may well take 12 months or more before the real benefits are experienced, so you should get started and plan your strategy now.

In order to set off in the right direction, there are several key principals to consider in order to make a recognition program successful. Here are three ideas to consider:

Walk the walk. A culture of recognition has to start from the top. Without senior management ‘buy in’ and endorsement your recognition program is destined to fail.

Peer to Peer. Your staff will know their colleagues better than anyone, and they know who the star performers are. Empower them to recognise peer to peer behaviours in staff going the ‘extra mile’. Peer recognition is a powerful motivator, and with the right safeguards in place, will not be open to abuse. 

Recognise often and in time. The more frequent the recognition, the greater the impact. Even more important is that the recognition should take place as close to the time the behaviour was observed as possible. Instant or close to instant recognition has been proven to be a powerful weapon in the war of engagement.

Developing a successful culture of employee recognition that has a positive impact on the business means more than saying thank you to your employees. It’s about establishing a culture where the staff feel comfortable, confident, and care enough to share what really matters in their workplace.

Brownie Points delivers proven reward and recognition programs that engage and motivate employees.

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