Imagine yourself in this scenario: You have been working late hours and sacrifice time with your friends and family to help your boss meet a deadline. It’s an almost impossible task. However, because of your hard work, you meet the deadline.
The next day your boss doesn’t say thank you. In fact, there’s no indication whatsoever that your hard work made any impact. Instead, your boss drops a pile of work on your desk and expects you to perform another near impossible task. How would you feel?
If you’re like many employees today, you feel like your efforts simply don’t matter. You feel like you are a number, not a valuable part in the company’s success. If all that you earn by working very hard is more work and unrealistic challenges, why would you continue to put in the effort?
It is important for employees to feel as though they are appreciated. The sad part is, recognition is easy, but many employers simply fail to do it. Employee recognition is important for any business to succeed. Here are 5 ways that employers can establish employee recognition and keep their employees, happy, healthy, and fulfilled.
1- Verbal Recognition
One of the easiest things that any employer can do is verbally acknowledge an employee’s contributions and efforts. If you appreciate the effort, say “thank you.” If the employee performed outstanding work, say so. The simple task of recognizing a job well done can go a long way to improving employee morale. Employees who are happy perform better.
2- Reward for a Job Well Done
When an employee achieves a milestone, celebrate it. Renato Libric, founder and CEO of Bouxtie, Inc and a writer for Forbes, recommends personalizing the celebration.. Check around and find out exactly what the employee enjoys and make that part of his or her celebration.
This is important to celebrating the individual. With technology becoming our primary form of office communication in many workplaces, it is easy to overlook the individual behind the employee ID number. Don’t let this happen, people aren’t robots, so don’t treat them like one. Remember to make the rewards appeal to the specific individual to create a lasting impact.
3- Reminders and Inspiration
When it comes to awards, it feels great to receive documented and tangible recognition. Trophies, plaques, and other achievement awards recognize the individual in a way that inspires others to strive for the same success.
Special order an award with the employees name and what he or she is being recognized for etched or engraved on it. The employee can display it on their desk and it will invite others to ask about it and desire to achieve the same level of excellence.
4- Show Confidence in the Employee
An employee that is trustworthy, responsible, and hard-working deserves your vote of confidence. A great way to show confidence in an employee is to provide them with responsibilities and assign special assignments that help them grow and achieve what they are capable of.
When asked for recommendations for responsibilities and assignments, suggest those employees you are confident in. Stand firmly behind the employee and provide them with the confidence and support they need to succeed.
5- Encourage Advancement
If you have an employee that is exceptional and would be a good candidate for a promotion, discuss possible opportunities with the employee as those opportunities arise. Encourage employees to apply for positions and support them in their efforts to achieve those goals. Help them identify potential goals and give them the path they need to achieve them.
If they express interest in advancement, but aren’t quite sure how to get there, provide them with specific, actionable steps to get them going in the right direction. This kind of career support encourages the employee and their coworkers to put extra effort into their work.
Remember that employee recognition can go a long way to ensure your employees are happy and productive. It doesn’t take much effort on your part to help employees feel appreciated, respected, and valuable in the workplace. A word of encouragement and an occasional award are great ways to improve employee morale.