Recognize This! – Helping employees make a connection between their work and the success of the organization is critical to employee engagement.
I’m often asked questions like, “Derek, what do you think is the key to effective employee recognition?”
The answer, frankly, depends on the situation of the organization and person asking. But one answer that is true across all situations is this: Focus on the How, not just the What.
By that, I mean be sure you are recognizing how employees are achieving their goals (preferably, how they are demonstrating your core values and desired behaviors) while they are achieving what you need them to accomplish.
This is critical to recognition program success and, more importantly, creating a culture of recognition, because it connects your mission and values with the daily work of the employee. It helps employees understand in very concrete terms how their daily work contributes in a valuable, meaningful way to the success of the team, department and company as a whole.
Does your organization focus too much on the “how much” or the “what” and not enough on the “how?”