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“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.”
We’ve all heard this anonymous quote, but really paying attention to the nuances of it may just help your business. Recognition can help your employees to feel appreciated, which may in turn improve your business in several ways. Employees that feel appreciated are less likely to leave and, in keeping with the quote, are more likely to go above and beyond expectations.
There are many ways that you can make recognition a part of your company culture.
Thanking and recognizing employees immediately for staying late, completing a task ahead of time, or otherwise exceeding expectations lets employees know that you are paying attention and noticing their efforts. This immediate praise is at least as important as any other type of recognition, as belated praise can feel fake or perfunctory.
Immediate praise can be given in person, via messaging, or over an internal social network depending on how your workplace operates. The method of providing praise doesn’t diminish the message, but the way the message is delivered can. To preserve authenticity of praise, make sure the message feels personal, recognizes specific actions, and genuinely conveys thanks.
For an employee to feel truly appreciated, they must feel that they are being adequately compensated for the work that they’re putting in. Bonuses and perks that are offered as a reward for above average performance can help an employee to feel that the work is worth the extra effort. If an employee consistently performs above average, however, a raise is the only way to sufficiently express appreciation.
Company meetings are a great place to distribute awards and make announcements that recognize employees in a public way. Awards certificates and plaques may not seem like much, but can go a long way in making an employee feel valued. Awards should be given for only large achievements and should be based on measurable results so that they don’t feel arbitrary.
Recognition doesn’t have to come strictly from managers and employers, it can be just as valuable when given by peers. Creating a program in which employees are encouraged to praise one another and are provided with tools and guidelines for presenting that recognition can help to foster a culture in which employees recognize and appreciate one another’s efforts.
Letting employees know specifically how their efforts and performance have contributed to company progress can take recognition to another level. Showing employees how their efforts add value to the company really lets the employee know how he or she is having an impact on the big picture. This can be more motivating than simple praise that’s disconnected from progress.
Recognition is tricky, as an employee that is recognized doesn’t automatically translate to an employee that feels appreciated. By following these guidelines and being careful to avoid letting rewards turn into entitlements or expectations, you may establish a company culture in which recognition and appreciation are integral.
HR software can assist you in setting up a system for recognizing employees. If you are looking to replace your existing HR software or implement HR software for the first time, visit our HR software match page so we can help you get started.