Where Do You Start?
HR.com just posted a blog of ours about Organic recognition that is worth a read, if you
missed it on our site. We made the case that if an employee recognition program is
going to achieve the results HR is hoping for, it will have to be organic; that is, part of
your company’s DNA. Here’s the post: http://tinyurl.com/hbzsx29
The question is - how are you going to ensure that your recognition program is an
intrinsic element within the living organism that makes up your company’s culture?
Here are some guidelines to help you get on the right track. . .
Keep It Natural
Organic means natural, that is; no additives or foreign elements are included. In other
words, don’t impose a recognition program on your employees. Rather, create it
naturally to reflect your mission, goals, performance measures and most importantly,
with input from your employees. Growing your employee recognition program from
within will ensure that it becomes part of your corporate culture and ultimately part of
your DNA. If your culture is one of appreciation, it will naturally take root within your
organization and flourish.
Make It Personal
It is so important to understand the diverse nature of your workforce. There can be no
cookie cutter approach here; one size does not fit all! People are different in many
ways and you’ll need to consider all those differences when deciding how to recognize
and reward your workers. Your managers will have to make a special effort to get to
know the people they manage and become sensitive to their individual needs, desires,
and preferences. The personal touch really does work.
The watchword here is consideration and understanding. Workers don’t leave their
lives behind when they enter the workplace. They may have personal and family
issues, health concerns, financial distresses; any number of anxieties that impact their
daily lives. A little compassion will go a long way toward helping employees deal with
such difficulties and motivate them even more strongly to perform to the best of their
ability in their job.
Probably the most important trait of an organic employee recognition program is
transparency. Most people can tell pretty quickly if their managers are not being totally
honest with them. Make sure your workers are always on the same page as you about
the company and its successes and challenges. Hold frequent “state of the state”
meetings where everyone is kept appraised of where the company is and where it’s
going. This will engender a comradery which will boost overall morale, loyalty, and
pride in the organization.
Promotion Speeds Utilization
Like anything organic, your employee recognition program will have to take root, grow,
and thrive. But with considerable tending and nourishing in the form of aggressive
communications, promotion, and celebrations, the end result will be totally worth it.
Once your recognition process becomes part of your DNA, there will be no limit to what
it will achieve for your organization.