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New Year's Resolution #1: Employee Recognition

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Recognizing employees on a regular basis is an important part of improving and maintaining employee engagement, retention, and morale. But with managers overburdened with mounting responsibilities, how can you keep employee recognition front of mind?


We’ve put together five easy tips managers can follow to remember to recognize employees. Adopt more than one tip to ensure that recognition happens on a regular basis at your organization.

1. Use a recognition theme.


recognition theme or design reduces the challenges managers face when starting to practice employee recognition. A theme includes messaging that reinforces desired behaviors and attitudes that can be tied to your values and goals. A theme will help your recognition be more effective at reinforcing employee behaviors.


2. Schedule reminders on your calendar.


Discipline yourself to give recognition by setting aside time on your calendar to think about employee behavior you’ve observed. Once you’ve identified who you’re recognizing and why, write a note of recognition and deliver it to the recipient.


3. Keep tools in sight and within reach.


A constant visual of the 
recognition tools you should be using is a better reminder than tying a ribbon around your finger. Keep the items on your desk to keep recognition front of mind. We’ve come up with some great new tools to use like our Awesome-in-a-Box sets sets, or stick with our best-selling Cheers Kits™..


4. Have a peer hold you accountable.


Sticking to a goal is easier with a buddy. Ask a peer to make employee recognition a priority, too, and then meet for lunch every week for status updates and encouragement.


5. Implement peer-to-peer recognition.

A peer-to-peer recognition program gets the entire team involved in the recognition process. When you receive recognition and see it happening around you, you’ll be more likely to give it to others, too.



Want more tips and ideas? Visit our Recognition Resource Center for our eBooks, free downloads, articles and so much more!


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