Discover 5 actionable magic steps you can take to help define your employee recognition strategy and shine a light on your program to increase engagement throughout the whole year.
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I can’t count the number of times throughout my HR career that I’ve been asked to basically fill in for Santa Claus. This means coming up with the perfect gift to give to our employees, ones that will make them feel appreciated, valued and in the holiday spirit. Cookies, branded mugs, you name it — but what does it really do?
Now I have nothing against the holidays, and I certainly have nothing against giving gifts, but if employee recognition is your objective, (and it should be, as 69% of employees said they’d work harder if they were recognized) then it’s time to stop thinking of recognition as just for the holidays, and instead consider the larger value of the gift that keeps on giving.
We’ve talked about ways to show appreciation for your employees throughout the holiday season, and while I think these ideas are in great fun, true moments of recognition should be reserved for an act that’s worth recognizing. There are a couple reasons why it’s time to ditch the “recognition for the holidays” hat:
Let me now move onto sharing ideas to help you give the true gifts of recognition at this festive time of the year, ones that will help your employees feel appreciated for their individual contributions, help them understand the behaviors and actions that are valued at your company, and ultimately help your business succeed.
Instead of thinking of holiday-driven moments, I like to think of delivering recognition at the end of the year in addition to continuous moments of recognition throughout the year to build your own “thank you” culture. Here are a few ideas on how you could put this into action:
Done right, recognition can be rewarding anytime of year, not just during the holiday season. But adding that extra bit of magic can take your recognition moments from “good” to “wow!”
How do you plan on recognizing your employees this year?
Debra is the co-author of "Build It: The Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement," which she wrote with Reward Gateway Founder, Glenn Elliott. She's a Rewards guru, having over 20 years experience as a rewards leader, speaker, teacher and a frequent contributor to the Reward Gateway blog.
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