Socializing recognition is an important part of keeping the program visible, promoting participation, and creating community within and between groups. Also, the social aspects of recognition benefit everyone by fulfilling basic, universal motivators:
- Giving and receiving encouragement and acknowledgment for good work
- Building rapport and demonstrating respect between coworkers
- Feeling like the work you do (even the "little" things) makes a difference to coworkers, customers, and the company
Other benefits include:
- Generating awareness of challenges across the company
- Sharing ideas for how to work smarter (e.g., in handling difficult situations, going above and beyond for customers, supporting teammates, etc.)
How to socialize recognition
Take a few minutes each week to review and comment on recognitions for your direct reports. Comments are a quick and easy tool for managers to use—especially when they bookmark the site on their mobile device for quick and easy access. When managers comment, it increases the strategic value of the recognition by letting everyone know the action had an impact on the leader. This also increases the likelihood that the action will be repeated by others.
Sometimes, a comment from a manager can have a bigger impact than the original recognition post!
Another way to get in the habit of socializing is to like recognition posts. Liking a post only takes a moment and can show employees that you noticed the hard work they do, which helps them feel that their work matters and is relevant to the company.
Finally, you can use the sharing feature to increase visibility of the actions you want to see more of. Send specific recognition posts to your team with a note about how the action helped you to achieve a goal or brought you closer to accomplishing a desired outcome.