Do any of these characteristics describe your organization?
- A solid culture where people do what needs to be done
- Employees get more done faster
- A place soaking in happiness
Well, employee recognition programs are right for you!
Your first thought may be, “Employee recognition programs exist just to make people feel good.” On some level, this is true. But the bigger truth is that recognition programs do more for an organization than just spreading goodwill. These programs get your employees to do what you want them to do faster than they are now.
So what are employee recognition programs based on?
- People get a reward for doing something in a certain way
- They will continue to do it that way
- They continue to receive positive praise
‘Positive praise’ includes a personal award and a thank you message or compliment. Employee recognition programs deliver positive praise. Offering recognition through awards and positive praise is a way to effectively mold and influence an employee.
There are many ways to reward an employee for doing something right. For example, some organizations give their employees gifts, gift cards, a cash bonus, or travel opportunities. But according to the experts at the Forum for People Performance, Management and Measurement at Northwestern University, employee recognition is what most companies use to motivate employees. It is so popular because it works.
Below is a list of the top reasons a company starts a recognition program:
- Create a recognition culture
- Increase sales
- Build customer loyalty
- Build job satisfaction & morale
- Thank employees/clients
- Improve customer service
- Award service
- Recruit/increase retention
- Improve employee loyalty
- Increase market share
Recognizing employees helps you create a high-performance environment with a solid culture. There is no doubt that you and your employees will get a lot out of employee recognition programs. But so will your customers. When your employees are happy at work, your customers are also happier! Customer service levels go up and you’ll end up making more money as a result.
Employee recognition programs notice employees for doing things right and reward them. This produces happier employees who treat their customers better. The customers end up spending more money, and your profits increase. In addition, your company culture is stronger, people feel better, and they are more productive.