Types of RecognitionEvery employee recognition program should include social, monetary and peer-to-peer recognition.
– Social recognitionSocial recognition allows companies to validate and recognise behaviours that align with company culture. This kind of recognition can come in the form of a shout-out, a digital badge or an announcement in a forum such as a team meeting. Besides increasing engagement, social recognition is non-monetary and that directly translates into reduced costs.
– Monetary recognitionPoints-based reward structures are a popular form of monetary recognition. Employers distribute a set number of points to each employee that they can give to those who report into them alongside their recognition. Points can then be redeemed for any reward of choice, making them more valued than pre-selected gifts. Other forms of monetary recognition include gift cards, paid-for online hobby courses and/or entertainment such as high-ticket concerts.
– Peer-to-peer recognitionRecognition doesn’t always have to come from above. In fact, it should come from both peers and supervisors. Ensure that your program is inclusive and supports peer-to-peer recognition. Platforms that allow any employee to publicly recognise a team or individual allow everyone feel acknowledged and appreciated.
What to Look for in Your Virtual Employee Recognition PlatformSome practices that your Virtual Recognition Strategy should ideally comprise are defined in the PRAISE Model:
- Personalise Recognition: An effective virtual recognition strategy is built on meaningful appreciation and recognition. Every recognition needs to be specific to the person, her qualities and achievements.
- Recognise Consistently: Recognition activities tend to get overlooked in times of change and uncertainty. A consistent and scheduled approach to recognition ensures that timely acknowledgements happen. Employees are keen that every effort they make is noticed and they eagerly wait to be recognised. Building such an expectation can have a positive impact on productivity.
- Appreciate Collectively: Team interactions have become all the more important in our virtual workplaces. It is important the recognition is not only one on one between a manager and the employee, but amongst her entire team. During virtual meetings, team members can be encouraged to share stories that highlight and recognise the recipient’s work. A virtual social wall is an example of peers appreciating each other.
- Involve Everyone: The more the people that recognise the recipient, the more motivated she feels. So celebrations or recognition can be extended beyond the recipient’s team to include other colleagues and family members as well. Make it public by providing a testimonial on social media platforms. Let the recipient share the appreciation with her world and win appreciation from everywhere.
- Schedule Recognition Time: Recognition deserves its own space and time. Mark your calendars for a slot specifically for recognition. While callouts during team meetings or virtual town halls are necessary, recognition needs to be exclusive to be a remarkable and impactful experience.
- Encourage Innovative Recognition Ideas: Send some home desk goodies, a pizza or a box of cookies to the recipient. Design an Achiever’s Badge, a special certificate or even a fun T-shirt. Don’t let the distance dull the importance of these moments.