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Launching a New Employee Recognition Program: 4 Tips for a Great Start
January 27, 2015
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Kicking off a new employee recognition program in 2015? Here are 4 tips to help you start with a WOW.
1. Share the “Why” Behind the Program. Kicking off your employee recognition program is a terrific opportunity to communicate to your employees that they are valued and their contributions matter. Be genuine with your team about the meaning of your recognition program and your goals for how it will impact your group. 2. Get Supervisors Onboard. Help managers understand why recognition is important to the business, and what’s in it for them. Point out that employees who feel appreciated are less likely to quit and more likely to perform at a high level. 3. Tell How it Works.Communicate to employees how they can participate and be recognized. Keep it simple, making sure employees can understand what types of contributions earn recognition, and how and when recognition is given. 4. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.It takes 11 impressions to make your message stick. Use creativity and variety to make sure employees hear about the recognition program in a number of different ways. Staff meetings, newsletters, posters, video, email and postcards are just a few ways to keep your program visible to employees over time.