Welcome to our comprehensive guide on workplace recognition programs and events
Employee recognition is a crucial aspect of fostering a positive work culture, enhancing engagement, and boosting productivity and retention. At gThankYou!, we understand the significance of recognizing employees for their hard work, dedication, and contributions. In this guide, we explore the power of workplace recognition programs and events, backed by statistics and research.
The Importance of Workplace Recognition
Creating a culture of appreciation starts with recognizing employees for their achievements, big or small. Studies have shown that when employees are rewarded for their contributions, they feel a sense of ownership and pride in their work, leading to increased motivation and loyalty. Recognition not only connects employees to the organization but also elevates their performance and encourages them to strive for excellence.
On-the-Spot Recognition: Instant Results
One effective way to reap instant results is through on-the-spot recognition. By acknowledging employees’ efforts and achievements immediately, organizations can reap the benefits right away. Whether it’s a simple thank you or a small gesture, on-the-spot recognition shows employees that their hard work is valued and appreciated. It helps create a positive work environment and boosts morale.
Recognizing Small Wins: Building Confidence
Recognizing employees for their small wins regularly plays a significant role in building confidence and fostering a productive workplace. Praise for specific acts of excellence not only boosts employees’ self-confidence but also increases their engagement. Studies have shown that organizations with formal recognition programs have significantly lower turnover rates and are more likely to achieve strong business outcomes.
Employee Appreciation in the Digital Age: Leveraging Technology
In today’s digital age, leveraging technology for employee appreciation has become essential. Digital feedback platforms provide a convenient and efficient way to build recognition programs and events for employees. These platforms allow for real-time feedback, making recognition more timely and impactful. They also serve as a means to communicate appreciation to other employees, reinforcing the desired culture of the organization.
Maximizing Employee Recognition Time: Making It Count
Maximizing employee recognition time is another important aspect to consider. As a leader, it’s crucial to prioritize and dedicate quality time to recognize employees sincerely and purposefully. By breaking bad habits and adopting new practices, leaders can create a workplace culture that boosts morale, productivity, and ultimately the bottom line. Making recognition a daily and meaningful practice helps ensure that employees feel valued and appreciated consistently.
In conclusion, workplace recognition programs and events are instrumental in fostering a culture of appreciation and driving employee engagement and productivity. By recognizing employees for their contributions, organizations can create a positive work environment, enhance retention rates, and achieve stronger business outcomes. At gThankYou!, we believe in the power of recognition and are here to help you develop effective recognition programs and plan memorable recognition events. Join us in harnessing the power of workplace recognition and create a motivated and thriving workforce.
A lot of strategic planning and budgeting happens at the end of the year, with certain elements deployed in January and February. Everyone enjoys buying their new year calendars when everything is fresh for a new start. However, many important plans, like those for employee engagement & recognition, need to be consistently reviewed. Here are some questions to ask yourself as a mid-year check-in to see if the right activities are happening and objectives are being met:
At gThankYou, we are obviously strong advocates of employee recognition – we’ve built our business upon this principle! In building and maintaining a culture of gratitude, it’s important to recognize employees for their hard work, initiative and commitment. Recognition can positively impact many facets of the business and should be part of a leader’s responsibilities.
In The Importance of Employee Recognition: Statistics and Research by Quantum Workplace, the article states, “When employees are rewarded for their contributions, they feel ownership and pride and are willing to work just as hard on their next project. Recognition connects them to the organization, elevates performance, and increases the likelihood they’ll stay.”
On-the-spot recognition = instant results. When you recognize employees right away, the benefits start right away. It’s simple and pays off. Try it today!
According to Indeed.com, “When people are offered consistent, actionable feedback, they can gain better insight into their successes and opportunities for improvement. Positive feedback is especially important because it increases morale, encourages good work and helps provide a sense of purpose.”
A once-a-year party is great for tradition, but it doesn’t ultimately affect day-to-day performance. Shift your paradigm from celebrating at the end of the year or on an anniversary to how can we keep appreciation and a culture of celebration alive all year-round?
It’s time to make recognition an ongoing, everyday activity. Read on to find out why on-the-spot recognition is so effective — and easier than you think!
We are here to remind you: Recognize employees for small wins regularly. Doing so results in a confident, productive workplace.
Praise for specific acts of excellence builds employee self-confidence and increases engagement.
Employee recognition is one of the most important responsibilities of leaders. It’s smart business, directly affecting productivity, retention and overall culture.
According to Quantum Workplace,
“Organizations with formal recognition programs have 31% (more…)
If you’re reading this blog post, it’s probably because you care about employee appreciation and you may be wondering how digital feedback platforms can help (and which ones could be a good fit for your company).
Why Employee Appreciation Matters
As a leader you’re probably getting pulled in a million different directions and your time is in short supply. But the time you spend really being present in a sincere, mindful and purposeful way when interacting with your employees and recognizing them for their efforts and contributions is time well-spent.
With a bit of effort you can break some bad habits and start embracing some new practices and ways of thinking that can help boost morale (and ultimately your bottom line). Read on for straightforward ways to maximize employee recognition time.
(more…)People tend to think of recognition and appreciation as the same thing, but knowing the difference and focusing on genuinely appreciating the employees working for you can impact morale, engagement and satisfaction in the workplace. So don’t (just) recognize employees, appreciate them with your sincere gratitude!
What is the Difference?
In an article for Ladders, Paul White described the reasons why employers should stop recognizing employees and start appreciating them. White shared that too often he has encountered employee recognition programs that not only don’t seem to be working, but are in fact generating apathetic, sarcastic and cynical reactions from employees. White believes this is because recognition is different from authentic appreciation.
Almost every industry is facing staffing challenges, but perhaps the hospitality industry is the hardest hit. Knowing how to recognize and retain hospitality industry employees is critical to business survival.
It’s not unheard for restaurant employees to take a job at a competitor across the street for just .25 cents more an hour!
Both front of the house and back of the house staff would be less tempted to leave for such a small raise if they felt engaged, valued and appreciated.
In a blog post on Toast.com about turnover rates in the restaurant industry, these startling retention stats were shared: (more…)
“Simply put, almost two-thirds of all employees are 33 percent as productive as they can be because they don’t understand what they are now asked to do,” according to a survey of 50,000 employees.
Understanding and appreciation are codependent.
“Training and educating employees in company values and objectives in a way that makes sense to them — through their daily work — is a mission-critical goal for organizations today,” Derek Irvine writes for Training Industry. (more…)
This is the week to thank all teachers, from classroom teachers to your employee development leaders — anyone who spreads the joy of learning and sharing knowledge in your organization and community.
Teacher Appreciation Week is underway and continues through Friday, and National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 9. (more…)
Now, what about the other 364 days of the year?
Not every day’s a party, but a day shouldn’t go by when your team doesn’t feel appreciated in some way.
A strong, effective program for employee appreciation includes an Employee Appreciation Day celebration and lasts all year. (more…)
What makes a good employee appreciation program?
Hppy’s infographic Top 10 Best Workplace Incentives has three criteria for worthwhile employee appreciation.
First, it reduces turnover. Watching coworkers quit in frustration is demoralizing. It feeds gossip and unhappiness among staff and slows down productivity. (more…)
Grab your coffee, Gallup is serving business leaders a wake-up call.
Employee recognition needs to be a top priority, according to Gallup’s massive State of the American Workplace.
Experts at Gallup are calling the report a “call to action” for companies, starting with a complete overhaul of employee recognition and engagement strategy.
The old ways of managing employees just aren’t working, and change isn’t optional. (more…)
Did you #ThankATeacher yet this week?
Today, Tuesday, May 3 is National Teacher Day!
It’s also National Teacher Appreciation Week, so you still have time to share your gratitude through Friday, May 6.
The National Education Association (NEA) and National PTA are partnering this week for several teacher-appreciation initiatives, including a social media campaign with the hashtag #ThankATeacher. (more…)
Why start an employee thank you program? According to MIT’s human resources article, “Best Practices for Designing and Maintaining a Program,” it’s:
“ … to recognize and reward work and behaviors that support/further the mission, goals, values and initiatives of the [organization].”
And, as research shows, workplace morale, (more…)
Peer-to-peer recognition empowers employees to share appreciation and builds your company culture of gratitude!
An increasing numbers of modern workers are motivated, at least in part, by peer recognition, according to YouEarnedIt and to research presented by Richard Florida in his book “The Rise of the Creative Class.”
Earning the respect of peers is a major driver of motivation among workers today, Florida found.
Recognition from management is critical, of course. But peer-to-peer recognition harnesses the intimate knowledge coworkers have with our work day-to-day. (more…)
When it comes to employee recognition, appreciating and acknowledging the youngest generation in your workplace could take some adjustment. Known as Gen Y, or Millennials, this is the cohort between the ages of about 18 and 32.
Millennials have a bad rep as entitled narcissists obsessed with their smartphones. A tongue-in-cheek video that recently went viral makes light of these stereotypes. Produced by the comedy outfit Can Opener Studios, it depicts Millennials apologizing for being “the worst” generation — while drawing attention to the real challenges young people face today. (more…)