When it comes to recognition, the annual awards banquet is no longer enough to engage and retain employees. Instead of recognizing employees only monthly or annually, implement day-to-day recognition that will keep up with the changing workplace.
Day-to-day recognition is the genuine everyday expressions of appreciation given to reinforce and reward positive behaviors. Examples of day-to-day recognition include a hand written note or a small gift to reward a behavior. Make the case for implementing day-to-day recognition at your organization with these helpful facts:
? Day-to-day recognition is directly linked to employee engagement. The Gallup Organization identified regular recognition and praise as a key element of employee engagement. “In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work,” is the fourth element on the Gallup list of 12 Elements of Great Managing.
? Day-to-day recognition communicates to employees about desired behavior and engages them in the happenings of the company. Day-to-day recognition also serves as regular feedback to employees. It is exactly what Millennials, the youngest workers in your organization, crave.
? Day-to-day recognition happens up, down and across an organization, increasing the amount of recognition employees receive. This should be a relief to managers since the Department of Labor has found 64% of working Americans to leave their jobs due to lack of recognition.
? Day-to-day recognition is the most effective type of recognition for changing an organization’s culture and individual behaviors. Day-to-day recognition’s regular feedback reinforces desired behavior. Over time, recognized behaviors happen more often than behaviors that go without recognition.
The best part about day-to-day recognition: it’s simple! Instead of complicated nomination or selection processes, individuals are frequently engaging in positive exchanges of recognition. Recognition happens immediately, and as a result, the impact appears more quickly.
You can take our word for it, but we recommend you try day-to-day recognition for yourself. Start practicing day-to-day recognition with some of our ready-to-go, easy-to-use recognition tools and watch the transformation take place!
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Elements of Effective Day-to-Day Recognition
Sincere: Recognition done with sarcasm or attitude isn’t recognition at all. Give praise that is straightforward and sincere for employees who will sincerely want to work for you.
Immediate: For the greatest effect, praise should occur as soon after the event as possible.
Specific: Recognize employees for more than a job well done. Praise them for the specific actions they took which contributed to the overall success. Your praise will be more meaningful when it’s specifically focused on the individual.
Meaningful: Meaningful recognition ties the praise back to an individual’s personality or qualities. It’s important that the gift you give with your recognition be meaningful for the recipient as well.
Tangible: Presenting praise with a tangible reminder, of any size, makes the recognition more effective.
day-to-day recognition is not as well known as its relatives, informal and formal recognition. However, it is easier to implement and can be more influential on behaviors and results. The best way to start practicing day-to-day recognition is to keep a variety of recognition tools at hand for any recognition moment. Here are some common ways to give daily praise:
Articles of Interest
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