Employee retention is very important for every organization and recognition is the key tool to retain employees in an organization.
But most employers, even if they know the importance of employee recognition programs at workplace, cannot get employee recognition get done right. Every recognition program needs a few components that should be present for it to be successful.
Here’s a list of things that that act as keys to a successful employee recognition program.
1. Identify The Objectives Of The Recognition Program
One of the most important things that is crucial for any program that is to be implemented successfully is having a clear understanding of why the program is being implemented in the first place.
So, before you start an employee recognition program, identify the objectives of it. Make a list of end goals that you want to achieve with this program.
2. Establish A Structure
For any big plan to work, a structure is crucial. Plan and set budge for the program and organize the entire program to fall under this structure. Structure is not just setting a budget for the big plan, it also requires you to set a pattern for your recognition programs.
For Example: An organization awards “points” for good work and employees can later redeem their points for store merchandise
Another organization made the recognition program a little more fun by setting a goodie box where all the employees put a gift and get to draw a gift from the box.
In this way, establish a structure for your recognition program.
3. Promotional Communication
A recognition program is of no use if it doesn’t encourage employee engagement. Promote the recognition program in your workplace and get an opportunity to communicate with your employees. These promotional activities also allow employees to communicate with each other and this creates a healthy workplace culture too.
4. Seek Continuous Feedback
Don’t stop with just promoting the recognition program. Encourage new ideas from your employees and ask for continuous feedback about it. Also consider their ideas and change the program structure if majority of them want it to be different from the way it is structured.
5. Keep It Creative
Last but not the least, do not be old school. Make it creative. Do not over-stretch the budget; rewards can be non-cash too. It is the gesture that’s important!
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