People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Remember the last time you were recognized for a job well done, or a tough task completed. Maybe it was an award, or a call-out in a meeting. Perhaps it was a simple "thank you". How did it make you feel? Everyone wants to be appreciated, even (especially?) at work.
Here are a few reasons why employee recognition matters:
A Sense of Belonging
Recognition can serve as a tool to foster a feeling of belonging in the workplace. When an employee feels sincerely appreciated for the unique abilities they bring to the table, they are more likely to hone their talents and deliver for the organization. Peer to peer recognition programs can provide a platform to show appreciation and build a sense of community in the workplace.
Enhance the Employee Experience
Milestones like the first day, service anniversaries and retirement are big work events that should be celebrated, but they are not the only occasions worthy of recognition. The Employee Experience (EX) encompasses all the interactions and impressions an employee has with their company. It includes the environment, technology, business practices and culture. Focusing on the EX reminds us as leaders to interact and engage every day. How can we make each workday more productive, more effective, and more enjoyable? How can we recognize the positive behaviors and results we see in day-to-day activities performed by our team?
Earn a Great Reputation
How do employees describe their job to family and friends (and other potential new hires)? In a recent survey, workers cited corporate culture as one of the most important factors in considering job offers (behind salary and time off). Recognition is a vital building block in constructing the kind of work environment that entices new talent and keeps the current workforce engaged.
How do you recognize others?