Article: New dynamics of employee recognition at workplace

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New dynamics of employee recognition at workplace

Recognising both short-term and long-term efforts of the employees profoundly influences employee retention, fosters knowledge sharing, and cultivates a stronger company culture.
New dynamics of employee recognition at workplace

In the ever-evolving landscape of corporate advancements driven by rapid technological changes, it's become essential for HR leaders to institute strategic methodologies that not only value and engage talent but also foster instant recognition. This approach is crucial in cultivating and sustaining a high-performing, adaptable workforce.

In today's corporate sphere, there's an abundance of well-travelled, interconnected, and astute employees driven by a passion to prove themselves. Consequently, it falls upon HR leaders to introduce practices that swiftly acknowledge and reward these talents for every effort and accomplishment. This circumvents the delay of annual employee assessments, where many such talents are often lost due to the absence of instant recognition, appreciation, and encouragement.

Instant employee recognition

Employee recognition cannot be limited to a few words of praise or untimely acknowledgement of achievements. Any appreciation of efforts that lack timely intervention of corporate recognition is a lost effort and can prove rather detrimental to employee performance or employee retention.

For a motivated workforce, HR Leaders must recognise the gap in their policies and introduce new-age programmes and processes through which employees can be continuously appreciated, valued and encouraged to perform better. To improve on the dynamics, HR Leaders can empower Team Leaders to review and rate their team members based on their engagement, support, innovation, dedication and overall output regularly through planned initiatives. This process can translate into improving productivity and job satisfaction levels, especially for larger organisations that have teams spread across multiple locations.         

How instant employee recognition helps employees?

Increased motivation: Instant Recognition of employee’s hard work and achievements reinstate the feeling of oneness with the company, of being valued for every little contribution and every effort. This has proven to motivate employees with a sense of acceptance and purpose to perform harder and go the extra mile to meet their company’s goals. 

Enhanced job satisfaction: A talented but unrecognised employee can impact the overall output of the entire team. Research has shown that Employee Recognition is closely linked to job satisfaction and when employees are appreciated for their work contribution regularly or when it's aptly deserved, they are more likely to stay with the organisation.

Higher employee engagement: Appreciation of ideas and outcomes at every level has been observed to boost employee confidence and their future output. It has been seen that Engaged Employees are more committed to their tasks and this leads to better individual outcomes, innovation and overall business performance.

How instant recognition helps companies?

Recognising employees' efforts is a catalyst for fostering a positive work environment and enhancing overall company performance. Instant recognition plays a pivotal role in transforming firms for the better in the following ways:

Retaining top talent: Instant appreciation, recognition and reward for achievements tend to build a culture of high-performing individuals who contribute productively towards the company’s overall goal. It portrays the organisation as people-driven, and appreciates employee efforts and this, eventually, helps to develop a workforce that is highly dynamic and committed. 

Healthy competition: With instant recognition, employees are encouraged and motivated to perform to the best of their abilities; and every employee tries equally hard to deliver their best. Instant recognition has been observed to boost and promote healthy competition within the workplace and every recognition acts as a trigger for others to strive for similar recognition.

Enhance brand value: Every employee's achievement is a reflection of the company’s effort to aid and encourage employees to perform to their utmost capabilities. High Employee Productivity can be directly related to High Job Satisfaction and this parameter is one of the most critical to retaining and attracting talent for a company. 

Why recognising long-term employee efforts is important?

Long-term employees are an asset to any organisation. They represent the company’s legacy and are a constructive force in defining the culture of a growing organisation. These employees are high-productive individuals who are retained by organisations for their special skill sets, strong domain knowledge and their unwavering commitment towards the organisation and its growth.    

It is important that organisations appreciate and award Long-term employees for their commitment and invaluable contribution to the organisation. 

How recognising the efforts of long-term employees helps?

Improves talent retention: Having Long-term employees is a positive reinforcement of the HR leadership’s commitment towards building processes that are employee-driven and are a reflection of the company’s core values. Policies that are derived from employee satisfaction often encourage employees to stay with the organisation and this, in turn, reduces turnover and the associated costs of recruitment and training new employees.

Sharing knowledge and experience: Long-term employees possess valuable institutional knowledge and experience that they have gained throughout their long tenure and this knowledge can be passed on to newer employees, ensuring the continuation of the company’s core practices through the transfer of vital skills.

Brings positivity in the work culture: Long-term employees can be encouraged to mentor and motivate new team members for a productive and long career within the organisation. Such practices that encourage the seamless transfer of knowledge, and skills and inspire learning can result in a positive and productive work culture.

Employee Recognition is an investment towards building a workforce that feels valued, encouraged and committed to perform to the best of their abilities. It is an investment that will ultimately benefit the organisation in the long run

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Relations

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