This time of the year we think about the year ahead and what we want to do better in this year versus the one before. As a company owner or department manager, one area that is sure to make you a better leader, and your company a better place to work, is improving employee recognition.
Although employee engagement is on the rise in the US, a Gallup study*** found that 66% of employees are still either disengaged (meaning they are not cognitively and emotionally connected to their work and workplace – basically “checked out” of their jobs) or actively disengaged (not just unhappy in their work, but they let that unhappiness show in their words, attitudes and actions). So this area has a lot of room for improvement!
Below I have put together a few “resolution tips” to get you started on a path to better employee recognition in 2020.
Once a year (or even once a quarter) recognition is not enough to keep the “recognition fires burning” for your employees. They need to feel they are valued all throughout the year. Some ways you can increase frequency without breaking the budget include:
As much as we would like to be able to keep up with our recognition goals, day-to-day burdens often get in the way of the best laid plans. A way to keep yourself on track is to take some time at the beginning of the year to “schedule recognition” into your task list or calendar:
The New Year is also a great time to begin work on establishing more formalized recognition programs and policies. Use that “new year energy” to draft up ways to improve company-wide recognition programs that match the culture and the goals that are important to your organization. Some examples might include:
Make 2020 the best year ever for your employees and your company. Recognition is the cornerstone to employee engagement. Make sure your employees know they are appreciated, and employee engagement will rise accordingly.
Here is to a happy and prosperous 2020!
By Ann Condon - Communication Manager, E.A. Dion, Inc.
***Employee Engagement on the Rise in the U.S.
August 26, 2018
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