When done right, employee recognition programs can transform the company culture of your entire organization. From better engagement levels to improved employee retention, acknowledging your employees’ hard work can be a game-changer for frontline teams.
With hourly & frontline employees quitting en masse, building successful employee recognition programs that motivate employees to stay is more important than ever.
Yet, there is a lot of opportunity for employee recognition programs to fall flat. Traditional approaches, such as picking an employee of the month, often don’t resonate with the modern workforce anymore and can do more harm than good.
→ Want to learn more about effectively recognizing employee performance in the hourly & frontline context? Watch Secchi’s Beyond Employee of the Month webinar.
Employee recognition is a way to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of your employees. Service awards, company lunches, and bonuses can all be a part of a healthy employee recognition program.
Employee recognition is not just a “nice-have.” Intentional & thought-through employee recognition programs can:
As a result, organizations with good practices for employee recognition are 2.5x more likely to have above average financials, according to Deloitte.
Recognizing your hourly & frontline employees is not as easy as throwing your team a last-minute pizza party. How many times have you done something to make your employees feel acknowledged, only to get a survey back that says that your recognition is poor?
→ Want real-life stories of employee recognition fails? Hear from Mike White, Secchi’s Founder & President, with experience in HR responsibility for 60+ manufacturing facilities globally.
Research shows that 54% of frontline employees have considered quitting because of their work environment, and 21% of them don’t feel appreciated at work.
💡 Employee recognition is a challenge, and as the landscape of frontline work changes, employee recognition programs must adapt, too.
To make your employees feel good, the way you deliver employee recognition has to actually mean something. It’s essential to be authentic, thoughtful, and intentional about the way you recognize your employees to make it land.
So, how can you be intentional about employee recognition?
Being intentional about employee recognition requires more effort than picking a random employee of the month, but it makes it much more functional and productive.
When it comes to building employee recognition programs that work, context is everything. It’s important to remember that providing recognition is not about what you want, it’s about what your employees want.
In their book The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Gary Chapman and Paul White identify different ways in which you can effectively recognize and reward employees.
Frontline workers are humans before employees, and meaningfully recognizing them can go a long way.
It’s important for your recognition program to feel natural and authentic to your employees, but it doesn’t mean that you should provide recognition without a plan & whenever you feel like it.
It’s crucial to have a consistent employee recognition process that you follow. If your strategy is waiting until you have a free moment to write a haphazard thank you note, receiving recognition isn’t going to feel meaningful to your employees.
Don’t wing it. Brainstorm a pattern of recognition, document a consistent process, and stick to it. There’s freedom in discipline, so use calendaring, phone reminders, or checklists to stay on track.
→ Staying consistent with the employee recognition process is much easier with the right tool. Secchi is an hourly performance management software that makes it simple for frontline supervisors & HR leaders to provide meaningful recognition.
Most organizations do some kind of performance review on a regular basis. Whether it’s year-end reviews, quarterly reviews, or something more frequent, it’s important that employee recognition moments are property documented and discussed during those meetings.
If there’s a disconnect between the routine recognition that you give your employees and what happens in the performance review meeting, you’re going to end up with a confused workforce. Confusion = lower productivity and motivation levels.
📁To avoid inconsistencies, document employee recognition and make it easy for supervisors & HR to refer back to it.
Meaningful employee recognition takes time, organization, and effort. Yet, having the right tool to deliver employee recognition can make all the difference.
Secchi helps frontline supervisors, HR leaders, and executives easily identify top performers and efficiently recognize them with easy-to-use modern features.
With Secchi you’ll get:
✔️ Performance trends
✔️ Instant performance reviews
✔️ Opportunities to gamify rewards
✔️ Text-like messaging
✔️ Personalized ways to provide recognition
→ Want to learn more about what Secchi can do for your team? Start with the Beyond Employee of the Month webinar.
Almost any employee recognition idea can work if there’s intention & thought behind it. When brainstorming ideas, it’s important to think about what’s going to resonate with your particular organization, team, and individual employees.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
In our latest webinar, Secchi’s Founder and president Mike White breaks down a four-step framework for successful employee recognition. From a failed steak dinner to a retention-focused, consistent process, Mike shares what he learned from leading 60+ manufacturing facilities globally.
Watch the Beyond Employee of the Month webinar and learn how to overcome barriers to modern employee recognition.
With Secchi, leaders across your entire organization have access to turn-by-turn leadership directions and actionable data that guides them on how to engage their teams through recognition, coaching, engagement, and accountability.
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