An online strategic recognition program is not intended to replace all other means of acknowledging employees for Living the Brand. Here are a few ways managers can encourage and increase recognition.
Say thank you
- Say thank you in person (or through comments) to employees in any department to show your appreciation for their hard work and contributions.
- Celebrate group accomplishments by walking from desk to desk thanking each person in turn.
- Offer a handwritten note from leadership congratulating the employee on a job well done.
- Send a thank-you note to an employee's spouse and/or family thanking them for their support while the employee worked extra hours, overtime, etc.
- Call an employee into your office to thank him or her. (Tip: Don’t dilute the acknowledgment by taking this as an opportunity to discuss other issues.)
Publicly highlight key recognitions
- Share top recognition posts in staff meetings (for example, posts with the most likes) or ask employees to share stories of great work that they have seen (remember to focus on the impact of the actions). (Utilize the One-minute Reminder Tool.)
- Print certificates for employees to hang in their work area.
- Create a recognition wall of fame: Post employee photos and recognition certificates in a prominent location.
- Leverage leadership by asking them to attend meetings where special recognition will be given.
- Put examples in company or divisional newsletters, or other publications (for example, blogs, Facebook, etc.).
- Ask a senior leader to personally acknowledge high-impact recognition when feasible (face-to-face) or share the example through the system to make it easier for senior leaders to make comments.
Take “thank you” a step further
- When an employee does an especially standout job, cover his or her desk with balloons, confetti, or something fun and noticeable.
- Present the employee with a copy of a favorite or recommended book (jot a note inside to acknowledge why you are giving it to him or her).
- Celebrate group accomplishments by arranging special days where employees can bring in food to share.
Provide development opportunities
- Provide opportunities for additional training and development to program participants or high-impact recognition recipients.
- Ask employees to accompany or represent you at management meetings or other project meetings.