Staff appreciation (or employee recognition) is the open acknowledgment and expressed appreciation for an employee’s contributions to their work or organization. This seemingly simple “task” has the power to impact everything from motivation and productivity, to engagement and retention. Many of the world’s most successful organizational cultures have successfully implemented staff appreciation programs in place.
Those programs all have a few things in common:
Recognition is timely
Recognition has the most potential for impact when it is given in a timely manner. The longer you wait to recognize someone, the less associated the contribution becomes with its recognition.
Recognition is frequent
Recognition is most effective when it occurs on a regular, or frequent basis. Employees make countless contributions to the organization throughout each week. Providing regular feedback ensures that those contributions have the opportunity to be appropriately recognized and rewarded. Infrequent recognition can leave employee’s feeling undervalued in their positions.
Recognition is specific
It’s important for employee’s to clearly understand which contributions they make to the organization are considered most valuable. This provides an opportunity for feedback and learning while also recognizing success.
Recognition is visible
Public recognition within your organization offers several advantages. Being recognized publicly magnifies its impact, giving other colleagues an opportunity to join in the recognition (peer recognition is also very powerful). This also allows you an opportunity to provide an example of commendable behavior, actions or contributions that other employees can repeat.