How Powerful is “Thank You”?

How do you feel after being recognised for doing something well? I’d hazard a guess that you feel good! So, with that in mind, think of the difference that recognition can make in the work environment in terms of employees’ day to day morale and engagement with your business. The key question here though is how can you formalise something like this in the workplace? What can you do to create an environment for a “Thank You” to be given, seen, shared and so on?

The answer might well be introducing a recognition platform. By formalising the approach, you can also help the business record who is being recognised and for what reason, enabling you to monitor performance, build an understanding of important trends throughout your organisation and consider how they affect the wider business strategy. In this blog I look at three key ways that technology can support you.

eCards

eCards provide a simple way to say “Thank You”. Recognition from a peer or indeed a senior manager can mean a lot and eCards are a powerful yet highly cost-effective way to let employees know their efforts are appreciated.

Social Wall

Whilst eCards are great, you should also consider making the Thank You public. If other employees can tap into the recognition and join in, then this helps amplify it around the business providing a means of illustrating positive behaviours to encourage others to do the same. Additionally, the classic social networking tools of liking, commenting and sharing apply here, helping to reinforce and promote even further.

“Recognition from a peer or indeed a senior manager can mean a lot and eCards are a powerful yet highly cost-effective way to let employees know their efforts are appreciated.”

Providing Rewards

Aligned to eCards and the use of a Social Wall, where instances of recognition demonstrate employees really “going the extra mile”, you can build in functionality where line managers are empowered to make a financial reward or nominate an instance of recognition for a financial reward. This is an obvious yet simple and highly effective “next step” to help build a culture of recognition within your business and to encourage performance.

“If other employees can tap into the recognition and join in, then this helps amplify it around the business providing a means of illustrating positive behaviours to encourage others to do the same.”

So, in summary, formalising the recognition that goes on in your business is a powerful means of driving engagement within your employee community. Of course, there are numerous additional features that can be applied to a recognition platform but the three shown above will give you and your employees important tools to help recognition thrive. If you would like to discuss how we can help you with your recognition strategy please contact us for a chat.

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