Recognition continues to be one of the most powerful motivating tools in a leader’s toolkit. Often more desired than additional compensation, benefits or rewards, recognition is a key factor in encouraging and inspiring employees to reach their full potential. A simple “thank you” or “good job” can help build confidence and give employees a sense of purpose on the job. In addition to verbal recognition, leaders can recognize employees using signs and visual graphics. Here are a few ways to let employees know their work is valued.
1. Brag Board
Implement a company-wide brag board to let employees and management recognize outstanding work. A brag board can be more than just a whiteboard in the break room with scribbled compliments.
Create an organized system that makes the recognition more genuine and formal by broadcasting the praise throughout the workplace on digital signs. This type of recognition can foster a supportive and competitive atmosphere that is healthy for employees and business.
2. Awards and Plaques
Awards and plaques are the universal signs of success in competitions. Use them to acknowledge personal and team milestones, whether it is a work anniversary, surpassing a sales goal or providing exceptional service to a co-worker or customer. Give the prize at a meeting or company party, where the recipient can be recognized by their peers. Awards and plaques make for great desk or office displays, where they can be proudly viewed.
3. Handwritten Note
Every day, we’re bombarded with emails and text messages that are preferred for their “read anywhere” delivery and limited content. Taking the time write a handwritten note to an employee is valued by employees who may feel that praise is forced or overlooked in a fast-paced work environment.
4. Rename a Room
Conference Room 3 might be an efficient and easy way to identify an office space, but naming a room after an employee is more fun, isn’t it? It doesn’t have to be a permanent change, but a plaque, sign or wall graphic recognizing Conference Room 3 as the Nielsen Room, for example, could engage and motivate employees who want their own name on the wall.
5. Employee of the Month Parking
Reward your outstanding employees with a reserved Employee of the Month parking spot. Encourage your employees to go above and beyond each month to get the coveted front parking spot. Once earned, provide a unique sign marketing the spot that the winner can later take and proudly display in his or her office. There are many ways to show employee appreciation; some more formal than others, the most important factor in meaningful recognition is being sincere. According to a study by The Maritz Institute, genuine recognition resonates with employees, increases trust and loyalty and encourages growth and development.
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