Out with the Old! It’s Time for a Fresh Take on Employee Recognition
It’s easy to get stuck in an employee recognition rut using the same old tactics that don’t resonate with your team—or deliver higher levels of employee satisfaction, morale and retention. Now that the new year is here, it’s time to break with the “old school” approach and implement these “new school” ideas to recharge your employee recognition program for 2020 and beyond.
|Old School||New School|
|A mention of employment milestones at the annual company party by management||A video message from your CEO or the employee’s direct manager to recognize employee work anniversaries|
|Recognize accomplishments only in a performance review||Recognize accomplishments in real-time via a social media shout-out|
|Offer an employee of the month parking space||Give employees’ vehicles a professional car detailing while they’re at work (or working from home)|
|Bring in donuts on Friday morning||Let employees take a Friday or two off to celebrate their good work|
|Wait until a staff meeting to try to remember accomplishments||Hang up a magnetic board with markers, stickers and sticky notes so everyone can post real-time recognition|
|Give a gift card promoting another business||Reward employees with company cash (in the form of play money) they can trade in for company swag or other prizes|
|Have an employee potluck each month without management presence||Recognize top performers with a lunch or dinner with your firm’s partners|
|No recognition given on the spot—that’s part of the job description||Recognize employees who keep their cool during stressful times with frozen treats|
|Create a rewards program based on what you and your management team like||Have your employees suggest new recognition activities and rewards|
|Give a plaque or award that sits on a desk||Give high-performers a budget to upgrade or redecorate their office|
These are just a few ways you can take your employee recognition program from “old school” to “new school” in 2020. Consider polling your team to find out which ideas they value most, then put their favorites into action to keep employee engagement high throughout busy season.
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