While staff appreciation is often used as a buzz term by organizations, research proposes that staff appreciation isn’t just a fad; it’s necessary in order to keep employees happy and dedicated to their jobs.
According to Dr. Zhang with the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute, research shows that employers who have effective staff appreciation and recognition programs typically have staff who are three times more engaged and are less likely to quit. Additional research conducted by Gallup suggests that organizations, companies and agencies who effectively recognize and appreciate staff increase individual productivity, receive higher satisfaction scores from clients and have less accidents on the job. The proof is in the pudding.
If you think that these programs are a great idea, but don’t know how to begin to implement one in your organization, below you’ll find that staff appreciation can be as easy as ABC.
Authenticity: First and foremost, it’s imperative that your staff appreciation program be authentic. Make sure you’re not just saying “good job” for the sake of saying it. Recognition should be given when staff go above and beyond the duties associated with their job. Also, when providing positive feedback, be as specific as possible by commenting on effort, technique or growth. By doing so, staff members are more likely to repeat the behavior mentioned or strive to do even better.
Be Flexible: With any new program, it’s important to cognizant of how it’s going and to make changes as needed. Understand that every program requires some tweaking in order to make it work for everyone. Be sure to provide opportunities for staff to give feedback, as they may have amazing ideas that you didn’t originally consider. Remember, it will take the entire team to make the program successful!
Celebrate: Taking the time to recognize staff efforts often gets placed at the bottom of a very long to-do list. Ensure that this doesn’t happen in your organization by intentionally planning to celebrate. There are multiple ways to celebrate both individuals and your team as a whole:
- Create a WOW! Board to showcase specific ways staff are going above and beyond. Hang this in a space where staff will be able to see it often, and have plenty of paper and pens available for staff to write down their kudos to others. After a while, staff members can remove their note to keep in their office.
- Create a WOW! Notebook. When staff members receive the notebook, they should read the recognition message that someone else wrote for them. They, in turn, write an appreciation or recognition note to another staff member and pass it on.
- Allow time during staff meetings to give shout outs or engage in celebrations. This can be for staff to recognize others or celebrate their own accomplishments.
Do you want even more ideas? Check out these fun, engaging activities to use with your staff.
By creating a program and implementing the steps above and various activities, you’re sure to notice a difference in the overall well-being of your staff. We hope you have a fantastic year full of staff appreciation and recognition!