All I Want For Christmas is Recognition

Employees need to feel that their work is valued.

In fact, a lack of recognition is one of the top reasons an employee might decide to leave their job – second only to poor management.

It’s no secret that employees are more likely to look for new job opportunities early in the new year. Fortunately, the Christmas period is all about giving back, so it’s the perfect time for managers to show how much they value their hard-working teams. That doesn’t necessarily mean hanging Christmas stockings on every employee’s desk. But taking a compelling approach to recognition can do wonders for your business – not only during the festive season, but all year round!

Here are 5 Top Tips for Recognising Employees this Christmas

1. Instant and In-The-Moment

Instant feedback is far more effective than irregular catch-ups or annual reviews. Feedback should be in-the-moment, and rewards should be delivered promptly. This is key to reinforcing positive behaviours and making sure staff feel truly valued and appreciated.

2. Peer-to-peer and manager-to-employee

Enabling feedback from everyone gives staff a 360° view of their performance. When managers display their gratitude, the company listens and morale is boosted. When employees are able to give their teammates a shoutout, the impact on the individual is a greater feeling of job satisfaction and self-worth.

3. Public and Private

Some achievements call for fanfare, others a quick pat on the back. It’s important to tailor your recognition accordingly.

4. Personal

No two employees are exactly the same, so it’s important to make rewards as bespoke as possible. It’s no surprise that digital gift vouchers were named as one of the most popular rewards in 2018. Simply choose an e-voucher for a brand your employee enjoys to offer a personalised gift.

5. Company-wide Participation

Make recognition a key part of your company culture by rolling out a platform or programme that everyone can get involved in. This approach is guaranteed to help your business stand out from the crowd, and attract the very best talent.

So, there you go, a quick guide that will help your employees, departments and company head into the Christmas period with a bounce in their step and a renewed sense of value!

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