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Employee Recognition and Health in the Workplace

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A report called ‘The 7 Key Trends Impacting Today’s Workplace’ revealed that recognition is one of the top five motivating factors for employees. The report, which surveyed 200,000 people, also showed that monetary compensation didn’t even make it to the top five. Not enough managers know this to be true, with most just waiting for the annual performance review to offer praise and recognition to their employees.

The benefits of employee recognition

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Entrepreneur notes that employees should be recognized every day and every office should have active employee recognition programs. Chron explains that recognition helps minimize employee turnover because workers who get regular recognition tend to stick around longer than employees who have been taken for granted. Happier employees also tend to be more productive, which in turn leads them to perform better. When you constantly recognize your team members, it becomes a positive cycle that helps in terms of productivity and good performance.

Employee recognition doesn’t only help promote productivity in the office; it also improves the overall health and well-being of your workers. For one, productive employees don’t need to stay late in the office. They go home on time, rest as much as they need, and enjoy a good work-life balance. And since technology has continually changed the way people work, it has become imperative to implement a good working culture. Positive work cultures encourage happier employees and this makes a difference in industries where the demands of the job are high, which often leads to the employees getting easily stressed.

How stress affects work performance

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Stress is quickly turning into a health crisis, with Healthline revealing that 60-80% of doctor visits are stress-related. According to the article, symptoms of stress include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension
  • Headache
  • Nausea

This, in turn, is putting a huge strain on a healthcare industry that is already stretched. Maryville University reports that the shortage of primary care physicians is anticipated to reach a minimum of 100,000 by 2025, with a greater scarcity in rural and inner-city communities. With more workers getting ill due to stress, the chances of them being properly treated is decreasing. This is why it is vital that employers create a good working environment. The more stressed the employees are, the more time they will take off work, and with a stretched healthcare industry the cycle will just continue.

A wellness program can help employee engagement

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Leading HR professionals are saying it is time to think outside the box with employee benefits. It’s another form of employee benefit that you can provide in addition to your employee’s health insurance. You don’t need to spend millions of dollars on wellness programs—the simpler and the more frequent, the better. It’s a great program if you want to improve employee engagement and minimize, if not eliminate, employee burnout. In our post ‘Employee Appreciation Day: 8 Ideas Your Staff Will Love’ we listed straightforward ideas that will show employees you recognize and appreciate them. These include:

  • Taking your employees out to lunch
  • Writing thank you cards
  • Flexible hours
  • Prizes

Exercise and mindfulness are great options, too

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Most of the time, mindfulness and exercise are already lumped together into one wellness program. It’s important to make them their own category. Exercises can include community runs or nature walks, while mindfulness can include volunteer work, gratitude exercises, yoga, and meditation. 

It’s all about the small gestures

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You can also copy what DSi co-founder, CEO & Steward of Purpose, Tom Turner did for his team when he upgraded the company rewards bulletin board and turned it into an “applause board”. Now, when employees see fellow co-workers going above and beyond their duties, the employee fills out an applause card and posts it for everyone to see. This not only gives the hard-working employees the recognition they deserve but motivates their teammates. We call this the Kiosk Mode where recognition can be displayed at the office and employees can see their achievements. It’s a great way to create friendly competition among your team members.

As this article shows it is vital that managers see the value of recognizing their employees. Those who don’t will quickly find themselves with an unmotivated and unproductive workforce. 

Article by Alicia Nicole

Employee Appreciation Day: 8 Ideas Your Staff Will Love

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March 1: Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day takes place on the first Friday of every March, and was created as a way to show recognition and appreciation for all the hard work employees do throughout the year. Many companies use this holiday as an opportunity to do something fun for their employees to show them just how much they appreciate them!

Since we’re appreciating their work and awesome, go-getter attitudes, it’s important we know what they want!

Kate Kastenbaum Senior HR Manager

The company Chatmeter took a competitive approach to their Employee Appreciation Day by running a social media contest.

In the week leading up to Employee Appreciation Day we are running a social media contest for employees to post their favorite picture from a past Chatmeter activity, with a caption naming an idea for something fun or crazy the team could do next.

Collin Holmes CEO

Quote source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencebradford/2018/02/22/8-companies-offering-employee-appreciation-day-initiatives/#571d9a549c46

Employee Recognition Increases Motivation and Retention

Employee Recognition with Recognize is a simple way to increase employee satisfaction, motivation, and retention. In a recent employee recognition survey at Recognize found that 49% have left a job for not being recognized, and 77% appreciate being recognized for their work. Most people surveyed also feel more motivated to work hard when they’re recognized by their managers and peers. We also found that by using Recognize 96% of employees felt more connected to their employer, and 90% wanted to stay with their company longer.

8 Ways to Recognize your Employees on Employee Appreciation Day

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Send employee recognitions to all your employees telling them how much you appreciate them

With Recognize, it’s easy to give employee recognition for your staff’s hard work and dedication, not only on Employee Appreciation Day, but everyday as well! With the Recognize bulk employee recognition tool, you can easily recognize every single member of your staff by importing a spreadsheet.

Download the Recognize bulk recognition spreadsheet, fill it out, and we will process it for you.

Example of an employee appreciation day poster
Employee Appreciation Day poster idea

Print off posters of some of your employee’s recognitions and hang them up around the office!

Posters are a fun way to bring the digital space into your physical space and showcase your super star employees in a new way.

Organize a town hall meeting to get all of your staff celebrating together

Town Hall meetings are a great opportunity for the leaders of the company to gather everyone around and recognize standout employees. If you have remote workers, it’s also a great excuse to get everyone in the same room for some camaraderie.

Read more about how to organize a company party or town hall meeting here.

Interview different employees and create an Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook story to showcase your employee appreciation

Since everyone is always on their phones anyway, try bringing the Employee Appreciation Day experience mobile! Interview different employees about direct reports, managers, or peers they want to recognize for doing a great job, and post them on your social media application of choice.

Cater a lunch

There’s nothing people love more than free food! A surefire to make sure everyone is in the office that day is to have your staff’s favorite restaurant cater a lunch for the whole office. If you really want to make a day of it, have several food trucks come out to the office parking lot and celebrate the arrival of Spring in the great outdoors! See more employee reward ideas here.

Place a single flower or plant on your employee desks

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A single flower with a small handwritten note can go a long way to showing each and every employee you value them. Flowers are also a great way to show those cold dark winter days are leaving and spring is here!

Give to a local non-profit to help make the local community better

Show your employees that you not only appreciate them, but you appreciate their community as well. Give to a local non-profit that invigorates your local community and makes everyone’s lives better!

Get out of the office and volunteer

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Have your staff take the afternoon off, go out together, and do something good for the community, like cleaning up a local park or beach. It’s great way to spend time together and show your appreciation to your local community as well.

If you try out any of these ideas for Employee Appreciation Day, or come up with some of your own, we would love to hear about it! Send us pictures or shoot us an email of how you recognized your employees on Employee Appreciation Day 2019!


An employee retention strategy

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Recently on Quora I answered the question, What is a great employee retention strategy? Here’s my list of important topics to answer the question:

17 Great Ideas for Halloween and Autumn at Your Company

Thor, a ballerina, and a skeleton are having a meeting to discuss an upcoming project. Einstein is making a coffee. The CEO is robin and the CFO is batman. This is normal behavior, at least on Halloween. I argue that this makes your office so much cooler and more productive. Everyone lets their guard down and comes together in silly costume fun. Here are a few ideas to make your office awesome throughout the fall season.

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Company Halloween ideas

1. Encourage everyone to wear a costume and if someone doesn’t want to, that’s okay.

2. Promise rewards at the end of the day for best costume.

3. Throw a halloween party at the end of the day.

4. Set up trick or treat through out the office.

5. Play pranks on people, especially people in leadership.

6. Get all the classic props, such as peeled grapes for eye balls.

7. Post photos on your social collaboration tool, like Slack, Yammer or Workplace by Facebook.

8. Invite the employees’ families for the halloween party and trick or treat.

9. Set up a photo booth for staff to take photos together.

10. Provide extra costumes for people who don’t have one, but still want to participate.

Other company fall event ideas

1. Chili cook off with poem or song accompanying the chili.

2. Plan a bad sweater party on or offsite.

3. Use Recognize to vote on the worst sweaters or best Halloween costumes. Give a recognition badge for the top winners.

4. Host a Thanksgiving dinner.

5. Sponsor a white elephant giving party.

6. Volunteer time at a food bank or shelter.

7. Compete with other offices on participation and best outfits.

Having these events isn’t just about having fun, it is about building long lasting relationships and connections. It is about relaxing and being creative, which leads to inspiration and innovations. Try to take advantage of any situation to bring your employees together this fall season.

The State of People Analytics Infographic

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9% of companies use predictive analytics or big data to analyze people trends

Sierra-Cedar 2014-12015 HR Systems Survey


3 types of analytics

DESCRIPTIVE PREDICTIVE PRESCRIPTIVE


192% increase in HR reporting employee engagement being very important between 2014-2015

Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work


60% of HR and business leaders do not have an adequate program to measure or improve employee engagement.

Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work


12% of HR and business leaders have a program to define and build company culture.

Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work


7% of HR rate themselves as excellent at measuring, driving, and improving employee engagement and retention.

Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work


75% cited talent analytics as an important issue, while
8% believe they are strong in this area.

Radical Group, April 2010


60-70% of company expenses are human capital costs

Jeff Higgins and Grant Cooperstein, Managing an Organization’s Biggest Cost: The Workforce


20% drop in employee engagement in first six months on job.

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16 Must-Answer Employee Engagement Questions for Your Staff

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When was the last time you or your HR initiated an employee engagement survey at your company? In Recognize, we provide a way to ask these questions when you start the program and six months later.

Employee Engagement Survey Statements

The following statements are answered on a 1 to 5 scale, 1 being most disagree and 5 being most agree.

  1. I feel connected to my employer.
  2. I feel encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things.
  3. My work gives me a feeling of personal accomplishment.
  4. Supervisors encourage me to be my best.
  5. I am rewarded for the quality of my efforts.
  6. I am valued by my supervisor.
  7. Overall, I am satisfied with my job.
  8. Overall, I am productive in getting the job done.
  9. The company clearly communicates its goals and strategies to me.
  10. I have a clear path for career advancement.
  11. My job requirements are clear.

Additional Employee Engagement Questions

  1. How long have you worked at your company? (Less than 3 months, Less than 6 months, 6 months – 1 year, 1-3 years, 3-5 years, More than 5 years)
  2. Do you feel that employees are recognized as individuals? (Yes, No)
  3. How motivated are you to see the company succeed? (Very motivated, Somewhat motivated, Not very motivated, Not at all motivated, Not sure)
  4. Would you advise a friend to apply for a job at your company? (Yes, No)
  5. Overall, how satisfied are you with your position at your company? (Very Dissatisfied, Dissatisfied, Neutral, Satisfied, Very Satisfied)

14 Employee Recognition Tips and Trends of 2017

From forward-thinking companies from all over the world, this is what we see as trends, advice, and tips for employee recognition and employee rewards.

Automatic Employee Recognition

Don’t rely on a paper-based system any longer. Incorporate automatic recognition for anniversaries, email clients, and more.

Intrinsic Motivation as Employee Rewards

Dan Pink’s Ted Talk changed the way companies look at motivating knowledge workers. Look beyond monetary rewards in a program to maximize results. Try status, access, or powers as other forms of incentives.

Leadership Buy-In

Gallup poll found recognition from executives or management is far more significant than from peers. Encourage leadership to recognize staff for all-for-one mentality.

Start Small, Think Big

Start with a program people can wrap their heads around, while having vision for the future. This increases adoption at early stages, as well as keeping it fresh later on.

Accessible to Everyone

All levels and departments of the organization should have access to the employee recognition program.

Have a Result

Incorporate monthly awards, give special responsibilities, give to charity on staff’s behalf, or create a rewards catalog. Give staff a reason to keep recognizing.

Timely, On-the-Spot Employee Recognition

The more instant and on-the-spot a recognition, the more the impact. Psychology research from behaviorism and beyond back this best practice.

Easy to Access

Employee recognition needs to be visible and top of mind if it is to be adopted. Utilize TVs, mobile, print, and staff computers.

Easy to Use

Recognition shouldn’t take more than 1min to send and be one click away. Plus, keep the required fields in the recognition form to a minimum.

Employee Recognition Based on Values & Behaviors

Tie in company values to the recognition program to get the most out of it. Promote specific behaviors based on leadership vision.

Promote Exceptional Behaviors

Don’t recognize employees for tasks they should already be doing. Focus on exceptional behaviors. For example, getting in on time is not exceptional, but getting in early is exceptional.

Incorporate All Types of Employee Recognition

Recognition programs include anniversary and service recognition, above and beyond recognition, and peer to peer recognition. Use all three.

Have a Result

Incorporate monthly awards, give special responsibilities, give charity on staff’s behalf, or create a rewards catalog. Give staff a reason to keep recognizing.

Gain Insights

The recognition program should provide management, HR, and leadership insights into engagement in the program and people analytics.

Top Five Goals

According to World at Work survey 2015:

  1. Recognize years of service.
  2. Create/maintain a positive work environment.
  3. Create/maintain a culture of recognition.
  4. Motivate high performance.
  5. Reinforce desired behaviors.

Employee recognition and employee rewards best practices such as use technology, provide experiences as rewards.

Employee recognition and employee rewards best practices

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Seven Must-Know Types of Employee Rewards

“Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.” – Anne M. Mulcahy

How do you pick the best types of employee rewards for your company? There are numerous methods of praising staff. Each and every company’s situation is unique, and what might work for one doesn’t necessarily have to work for another. To try and help you determine the best way to motivate your workforce, we have sought to compile some employee rewards for you to consider. Here are seven of them.

1) Ideas for Employee Monetary Gift or Products

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Who doesn’t want a shiny new Macbook?

Although we have quoted Dan Pink in the past as for saying monetary rewards can reduce productivity, staff nonetheless love cash and monetary prizes when appropriate. There are many options here to motivate your workers with monetary rewards. Don’t just stop at the employee when thinking about rewards. Consider their family as well.

  • Cash
  • Apple products, like MacBooks or the watch
  • HD flat screen TVs
  • Home spa package (lotions, bath bombs, oils)
  • Cooking appliances
  • Drones or other novelty high tech
  • Sporting equipment
  • Bicycles for adults and children
  • Car wash
  • In-home or in-office hair cut
  • Books
  • Pay for day care

The trick is to be creative. Ask your staff what they would want to have. Get your office community involved.

2) Gift Cards Selection for Your Employee Rewards

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Cards are an efficient way to reward staff. Some benefits of gift cards include they are sent automatically through Recognize for free with the initial subscription, with the large variety of gift cards, there is something for everyone, and gift cards are digital, so they are always accessible. Popular cards according to a 2016 study include:

  • Target
  • Gamestop
  • Chipotle
  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Apple
  • Bestbuy
  • Fandango
  • Cabelas
  • Netflix
  • Home Depot
  • Nike
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Sephora
  • AMC
  • REI
  • Whole Foods
  • Visa prepared cards (who doesn’t love cash?)

3) Monetary Experience Ideas for Your Staff

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From boat cruises, tickets to a game, or gym pass, create a unique list of experiences for your staff.

  • Cooking class
  • Summer classes for the employee’s kids
  • Day on a boat with the family
  • Sporting event tickets (basketball, baseball, etc)
  • Rock climbing gym pass
  • Spa package
  • Specialty car rental
  • Unique combo experiences (‘secret agent package’ with skydiving and mixology class)
  • Vacation package
  • Local amusement park
  • Yoga or dance class
  • Skiing trip

4) Non-Monetary Experiences

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This is where a company have to get creative about what they can leverage as employee rewards. Non-monetary experiences and non-monetary gifts are less utilized and redeemed, except for the day off. Everyone loves a day off! You may want to subsidize these rewards to have some of them redeemed more often.

  • Lunch with the boss (or CEO)
  • Boss for the day
  • Change offices for a day
  • Paid time off (15min, 30min, 1hr, half day, full day)
  • Conferences
  • Pizza Party

5) Company Swag Gifts 

As you can imagine, these are less redeemed than other categories, since these are things that companies already give away for free.

  • Company sweatshirts
  • Company hats
  • Company mugs

6) Power for Staff

Companies rarely realize this is a reward you can offer and it costs no money. For those in the workplace that pull ahead, show promise, and deliver results promptly, assigning more power through delegation can offer them motivation to continue on the same trajectory they are on. Among the most common methods of assigning more power to better performing individuals is through assigning them some supervisory duties such as making them team leader.

  • Power to make a decision in an area they have show expertise
  • Power to come up with new ideas to tackle problems

7) Donating to Charity

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Helping out is a part of the human condition. Involving your workforce in charitable events works towards building cohesion within your workers. When they relax and connect at a personal level while contributing to a worthy cause, the effects will spill over to the office as rapport and in turn productivity and retention improves. Out of the box, Recognize provides gift cards for a number of charities:

Charity Gift Cards:

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Girls Who Code
  • RED
  • American Cancer Society
  • Clean Water Fund
  • National Park Foundation
  • Special Olympics
  • World of Children Award
  • Summer Search
  • Long Live The Kings

Non-Gift Card Charities:

  • NPR
  • Greenpeace
  • Mercy For Animals
  • The Humane League
  • Action Against Hunger USA
  • American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Discover more charities to offer here https://www.charitynavigator.org.

Mix it Up

We recommend a mix of the above methods to motivate staff most effectively. Involving your workforce in determining the appraisal package is also a way of making the process more efficient. After all, they know what resonates with them. If leadership can offer perks and rewards staff love, your workforce will be more committed.

The Importance of Employee Recognition in the Healthcare Industry

“Being a nurse means to hold all your own tears and start drawing smiles on people’s faces” – Dana Basem.

With healthcare being one of the fastest growing industries, organizations face challenges in more ways than before in employee engagement. That’s why more than ever, healthcare organization must consider employee recognition as part of their overall strategy. While healthcare employees work in extremely high-stress situations, and are not rewarded accordingly, the employers deal with serious challenges due to a high turnover rate and labor shortage.

Healthcare’s High Turnover and Low Satisfaction

According to a 2016 Nursing Solutions report, the average turnover in the nursing industry has reached 16.5% with an average turnover cost of $50k. SHRO’s are realizing this and that’s why behavior optimization and people analytics are on the rise in healthcare.

The report shows the current situation in the healthcare industry is driven by the inherently stressful responsibilities of the employees, the high turnover rate is also caused by a reason that can be actually controlled – employee recognition and satisfaction. Underappreciated and overworked employees will never be able to perform to their best. In fact, the lack of appreciation from the management is one of the top drivers of low job satisfaction, and consequently the main reason behind the high turnover rate.

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The Healthcare Solution

Employee engagement strategies move the needle for employee satisfaction and retention. Healthcare managers need to make use of these programs and to combine them with the proper tools, education and empowerment methods in order to ensure that their employees are engaged with their work. A successful program decreases turnover, improve efficiency and promotes the core values of hospitals.

How to Make Recognition Programs Work

The execution is paramount for new initiatives to take hold. Recognition programs in the healthcare industry should be balanced between value-based initiatives and performance-based. Studies shows people want to feel appreciated for their work, and they want to be rewarded for their creativity and their unique contribution to the organization.

However, for the recognition program to work as designed, all personnel involved from managers and supervisors to doctors and nurses, need to be properly trained. That’s why at Recognize we built it to be so straightforward that staff are guided through the program intuitively. We believe all tools should be easy to use.

Regardless of technology ease-of-use, the linchpin for an engagement strategy is buy-in from all levels of the organization. The following are a few suggestions:

  1. Give staff a reason to send recognition with non-monetary or monetary rewards
  2. Make it easy for managers to run reports, receive notifications, and recognize staff in their workflow
  3. Help leaders see the benefits of discovering qualitative people analytics through continuous positive feedback

It is important to communicate that a job well done deserves appraisal. As an organization in the healthcare system, you need to transform your company by implementing a strong culture of recognition. Once your employees know that their efforts are appreciated and their work rewarded, you will build a connection and reap the benefits, including an increased productivity, a lower turnover and an improved brand image.

Start Small Think Big

Recognition to your employees must be constant, unbiased, and meaningful. In the healthcare industry, it is important to be open to new, innovative rewarding ideas. While you can always use the existing goals and procedures for rewarding employees, innovation is what will make you benefit of a serious, appreciated recognition program.

Use Case: Making Workplace Safety a Priority

Healthcare workers are exposed to a wide variety of safety hazards. Several issues arose in 2015 that shed new light on patient safety threats. As part of a complete employee recognition program, you need to recognize and reward those employees that have been affected by an accident. At the same time, you can make workplace safety a priority by integrating this aspect into your reward & recognition program. Gallup’s employee engagement database shows 70% fewer safety incidents compared to companies with disengaged staff.

Incorporate Recognize Into Existing Processes

Integrate your NSC Employee Perception Surveys, or other safety procedures that you’ve adopted ​in your workplace, with continuous positive feedback through Recognize. Habits are easily adopted when attached to existing habits.

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The Result: Giving Rewards

Receiving awesome perks at work as a result from employee recognition will lead to long term success of an employee engagement program. Gamification shows we can use a variety of resources. SAPS stands for Status, Access, Power, and Stuff. These are the four elements you can provide as rewards to staff.

Status – Create a special video about someone in the company and present it company-wide. Give people a special job title based on their qualities.

Access – Give staff access to conferences or even a parking spot.

Power – The power to make a decision based on the qualities they have shown.

Stuff – Gift cards, days off, massages, lunch delivered, or cash are all popular examples.

The least expensive most effective gift to an employee is status.

More Staff Reward Ideas for Healthcare

  • Lower back massages each Wednesday
  • Employee awards banquet once every six months
  • Monthly meeting with the boss: each month, employees are invited by their superior to attend a lunch meeting
  • Free tickets to sporting events for overtime hours
  • Wall of fame recognition
  • 20% bonus for Holidays
  • Pizza party event
  • Various other bonuses for performance and for positive customer feedback

How to Do Employee Recognition for Healthcare

As a rule of thumb, you need to base your program on four unique elements:

  1. Unified platform:

Due to decentralization, a unified platform available in the cloud is vital for your recognition program’s success. The platform should be accessible from any device and should integrate seamlessly with third-party apps. Showcasing employee recognition and creating a team environment increases productivity by 12.5%.

  1. Recognition options:

While it is vital to make sure your employees understand the importance of being recognized and rewarded, you should also ensure that they are be allowed to recognize their peers. Your employees should have multiple recognition options in order to become part of the larger organizational culture.

  1. Mix of informal and formal strategies

While formal, branded awards are imperative for building up the organizational culture, informal awards are necessary to add a human touch and make the experience complete.

  1. Customizable awards

The last element of a successful rewarding program in the healthcare industry is a flexible program. You need to be open to change and base your rewards on the changing trends.

Once you put together all of these elements, you have a solid base for your employee recognition program. To get it rolling, here is what you need to do:

Whether the team takes a trip to Hawaii or event based themes, recognizing your employees helps boost morale, productivity and engagement.

  1. Create a project team

For starters, it is important to establish ownership of the program. The team within the institution should be cross-functional, incorporating multiple units in the hospital, the HR and IT departments. Or just someone well liked in the organization that people know and respect.

  1. Allocate a budget:

Next convince the members of the board, the directors, and the stakeholders that putting money in an employee rewarding program is an investment that pays off by itself. HR professionals with budget of at least 1% of payroll are more likely to perceive positive effects on the organization than less than 1%. Healthcare is ranked third highest in turnover rates with 13%, improving this is accomplishable with tried and true employee engagement methods.

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/human-capital-and-risk/infographic-what-s-the-cost-of-nurse-turnover.html

The cost of employee turnover not only means financial repercussions, it can result in lowering the knowledge base in your company and decrease performance and workplace morale. – Streamline Verify

Promote the launch and help your employees understand the recognition and rewards process.

  1. Promote the launch:

Create a big event and promote it across all departments. Everyone should attend and it should be fun for everyone. Who doesn’t love a great party that celebrates everyone’s accomplishments?

People Want to Make a Difference in Their Workplace

They want to know that their work matters, especially in the healthcare industry. However, you need to go the extra mile and create a rewarding & recognition program if you want to have happy employees. Put together a recognition platform and you will be able to reap the benefits that result from keeping your employees satisfied.

 

Incentivizing Behavior Changes in Employees

Leaders of organizations must shape their company’s culture. Incentivizing behaviors is one of the best ways to handle culture change. You cannot afford to jeopardize the overall morale of the employees and affect the overall productivity, because of fractured values of your company culture.

You can help your employees overcome unaligned behavior by incentivizing behavior changes with practical steps without affecting productivity.

Focusing on Inward Employee Improvement

Vineet Nayar is the former CEO of HCL Technologies and an author of a book considered a revolution in management, “Employees First, Customers Second“. His company has succeeded the challenge of tripling its turnover ($4.2 billions today). He agrees focus on inward improvement will lead to strong company culture and high employee retention.

Appreciated employees handle business differently. When you have a happy team of workers, your customers will be happier too. Happy customers means more sales and higher revenue.

Incentivizing behavior changes in the employees is the new frontier for optimizing enterprises. Instead of pressuring employees to do their work, smart companies come up with creative ways of reenforcing positive behaviors.

For instance, a company that struggles with employees who report to work late may decide to focus on what it means to go above and beyond. In this case, the management may introduce rewards for those who get to work early. This is a simple way of incentivizing behaviors towards the exceptional. At the end of the day, the company will have a more aligned culture, one directed away from coming in late.

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Employee Recognition for the Win

Incentivizing behavior changes has proved to be effective and quite rewarding. Besides getting your employees to be in sync, the productivity levels and the morale increase significantly. While bonuses are good, there are other practical ways to recognize and incentivize behavior change in employees. For instance, if an employee is named in customer feedback as exceptional, reward them with a special experience, a job title change, or a monetary gift such as a Kindle Unlimited subscription (If you haven’t tried it, the Kindle is awesome).

Peer-to-peer Employee Recognition

The coveted form of employee recognition is peer-to-peer, or when staff recognize each other for great work. A quality peer-to-peer program is one that is based on the goals and values of your company. In Recognize, staff send badges based on company values. Staff can receive points for those badges that can be redeemed. If an organization is seeking to improve customer experience, they can reward high-value employees in customer service with a field trip to Disney, where they have a program to learn more about customer care.

Act like One of the Top 100 Places to Work

How about setting up a kid’s center where employees can bring their children? This will create a work/life balance for the staff. You could get on-site medical practitioners to keep checking on the overall well-being of your employees. By providing these perks, staff feel like they are in a special club and can take their mind off other life issues.

yoga class for employees

Introduce relaxing services like manicure, laundry, yoga, massage sessions and any other thing that will reduce stress levels. You can provide passionate employees access to a mentor.

Incentivizing behavior changes will generate great results for businesses and make employees’ lives better. Contact us to tell us your story.