A recognition program is vital to the health and success of your organization, but it can grow stale if you don't give it some TLC. Spotting a moldy program is as easy as cleaning your cupboard of old bread: you just have to know what to look for. Keep your eyes and ears open for low participation, lack of interest from staff, and grumblings about the program. When you spot your program experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to take action!
Keep your Shout Outs peer recognition program fresh and exciting!
First, give your team a friendly reminder about your recognition program. Let your managers or employees know that your recognition program is an important part of the culture at your organization, and hold them accountable to using it!
Second, recognize your active program users in a public setting. During a staff or company meeting, put the spotlight on the employees who have given and received the most Shout Outs in your peer-to-peer recognition program. Award them a certificate and a small gift, like a gift set, to celebrate.
Third, add a new incentive to your rewards mix to foster greater employee interest. Refresh your gifts and prizes with new options or even choose a new recognition theme. The new items may be what it takes to spark new life into your program.
Fourth, get the company excited about the program with a team competition. Create a trivia game about your recognition program, e.g. how many Shout Outs notes did we write in July, and give points to those who guess the correct answers. Award prizes to the employees with the highest scores. Not only will your trivia game remind employees of your program, it can be a valuable training opportunity, too.
Finally, create an incentive for the company if they increase participation levels. If you have a Shout Outs peer recognition program, for example, offer a casual day or a special treat to the entire team if they have 80% or more participation in the program for an entire month. Set a specific goal for your team, and they'll be more likely to hit it!