An Absolute Must: Employee Recognition 
To have a successful business, there are many components that lead to having a solid culture. Now, while it is important to have a model and an organizational structure designed for productivity, it is very uncommon for a majority of its manpower to feel appreciated. So, you can have a great idea, feel as though you have all of the answers, and try very hard to get the most out of your employees only to realize that you, being a part of management, have yet to maximize the potential working with you. At the end of the day, you know that more production would make a tremendous difference in your leadership style and in the overall productivity in your department or organization as a whole.

It would be wise for managers to learn to utilize tools that would increase morale and output simultaneously. It is not unusual for companies to begin to invest in research and development while spending an exorbitant amount of their budgets on wasteful nonsense. Some leaders bring in gurus and teams who guarantee change and improvements with their large binders and useless manuals full of saying the same thing in a different way while not recognizing that there is not one smidge of improvement in morale.

Most leaders are prematurely wasting large amounts of money on how to improve the culture when a simple solution is staring you right in the face. The simple solution being employee recognition. Employee recognition is a moment in time, planned or otherwise, formally or informally expressing appreciation for a team or individual’s success or behavior that promotes the ideals and values of the company’s that exceeds the norm. Accepting this, we must assess why a company with a quality employee recognition program whose management is serious about recognizing its employees is more productive and efficient than those who restrict their appreciation and whose employees feel as though recognition is nonexistent.

While it is important to establish a highly respected workplace culture, as a priority, any respected leader must establish peer to peer recognition programs. Surprisingly, around 75% of organizations do have in place some sort of recognition program despite having around 58% of their employees thinking that their respective companies have one in place (Bersin by Deloitte, The State of Employee Recognition, 2012). Overall, it has been confirmed through research that 41% of organizations who utilize peer-to-peer recognition have seen significant increases in customer satisfaction. (SHRM/Globoforce Employee Recognition Survey, 2012).

Generally speaking, managers have to determine how to track an individual’s performance as to how it is in alignment with corporate objectives. According to the Aberdeen Group, if you can in effectively chart useful interactions and recognition, this would in turn reconcile employee efforts and business objectives that will in turn improve the overall productivity and efficiency of the business. Statistics show of all companies deemed Best-in-Class, 43% have access to measurables on efforts to recognize its employees, compared to 18% of all others.” (Aberdeen Group, The Power of Employee Recognition, 2013). This shows how needed peer recognition programs are and shows how effective they can be.

Organizations with tactical peer recognition programs reveal around 28.6% lower frustration than those without these programs in place. (SHRM/Globoforce Employee Recognition Survey, 2012). To take it a step further, anybody with good sense would love to be happy at work all of the time. When you have employees that are looking forward to coming to work and feeling appreciated at the same time, the workplace culture is solid! Your peer influencers will keep the workplace culture intact, and the followers will typically yield a minimal amount of unhappiness.

In reference to budgets, when a company prioritizes peer recognition and allocates 1% or more of overall payroll on employee recognition, 85% of companies see a positive impact on employee engagement (SHRM/Globoforce Employee Recognition Survey, 2012). This statistic is dumbfounding! If this is all that it takes, I am in shock that not more companies make employee recognition a priority. As we have discussed, there are about 75% of companies that have such programs, but you have to wonder why so few employees are aware of the programs. This is very simple to do, and any organization would be negligent to not designate such a small amount of revenue to the workforce especially when it will have such a tremendous impact on the bottom line, not to mention employee morale.

According to Psychometrics, when using employee feedback tools and asking what could employers do more of to improve employee interaction, 58% responded by giving recognition (A Study of Employee Engagement in the Canadian Workplace 2010). We must acknowledge that being receptive to employee feedback is one the most effective tools in improving overall comradery in any organization. Employees really want to not only feel appreciated, but the acknowledgement of their superiors viewing them as vital does wonders. Employees want to work, but they want to work where they can do more than mere labor. Thy want to contribute in the processes of how they get their jobs done. By recognizing the influencers and supporting the less boisterous, and by that I mean to find a way to recognize your silent workers, you, as a manger will be viewed in high honor by your entire team.

What works most often are employee perks. Imagine if you were to provide occasional food & snacks; commuter benefits assisting with their transportation; or work-from-home days. Research done by EBRI says that 78% of respondents confirmed that employee benefits are either very or extremely important when deciding to accept a job offer. In fact, it is suggested that a 15% improvement in peer to peer interaction can result in a 2% increase in the overall profit margin. This statistic falls right in line with employee feedback. If you as a manger ever experience a 2% increase in overall profit, it would be imperative to study the impact of employee feedback and share this information and how it impacted the bottom line.

Hence, agreeing to have 24-hour employee feedback tools available allows your employees to feel that their ideas are welcome to where it will give the feeling of a true partnership. The feeling of being a partner would make anybody take personal ownership and pride in their job. The highly successful managers want this type of employee on their teams and to be included in their organizations.

Employee Feedback Tools

Nectar HR has rolled out an intuitive employee feedback system that HR reps can set up in 10 minutes for the entire year. Pulse surveys can send out quick feedback and measure employee metrics quickly as well as employee Net Promotor Scores.

Peer Recognition programs are in the best interest of management as in trying to get the most out of their employees. In addition, employee perks definitely help in not only in the hiring decisions of some but also in the retention of others. Peer to peer recognition programs can vary by department, depending on the size of the organization, however, the important point is to have recognition as a mainstay in and across the board. The results show that peer recognition can go a long way. Recognize your employees if you want real results in your business.

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{{ excerpt(`Four years ago, three friends started a small business detailing cars to make some money while they attended school.<br><br>Soon, Vivint hired the three to detail cars for employees at a discounted price as an employee “perk,” and companies like Qualtrics, doTerra, Instructure and more followed suit. “It was really flexible around school and we were making good money from it. But we’re always looking for bigger and better, and we got kind of sick of being out in the sun or in the snow,” Trevor Larson, one of the three friends, said.<br><br>As Larson and his friends, Jackson Horn and Andrew Hollis, worked with more and more HR professionals, they began to see a trend. “HR people have the best intentions to give the employee an amazing experience,” Larson said. “But they get so impeded by administrative tasks that they can rarely ever get to the things that they want to make an impact ... they don’t have the tools or resources to get to recognition and perks and different things in those areas.” Horn said they continued to ask HR professionals what they could do for them around work-culture related things, leading them to look beyond on-site services like car detailing to see how some companies would leverage their company size to get discounts from local places.“We thought, if these companies are able to do this, what if we were able to do that even better?” Horn said.<br><br>Together, Horn said, the friends thought they could build a network of companies and be the ones to reach out to restaurants, hotels and the like to get steep discounts, which they could then package for HR professionals. “We’ll be kind of the extension for the HR team,” Horn said.<br>Under the company name “PerkNow,” with Larson, Horn and Hollis all serving as co-founders, the new software company grew slowly, until they landed “anchor” accounts with companies like doTerra.<br>“It just kind of grew organically from there,” Horn said. “And it led us to keep asking the question, well, what other culture and cultural initiatives can we help HR out with?”<br><br>Another problem PerkNow saw within companies was the desire to reward employees with things like gift cards — but employers were often stuck getting gift cards at the last minute, and employees ended up with rewards they didn’t really want. With the help of developers, PerkNow developed a system to automate employee rewards, reducing the workload for administrators and enhancing the employee experiences.<br><br>Through PerkNow, companies can also give individual employees such as managers the ability to recognize their team or other employees with a “monthly budget” that the manager can award. Through the software platform created by hired developers — none of the co-founders had prior tech experience — the employee receiving the email receives the reward, and then they can choose whatever gift card they want, which is then downloaded onto their phone.<br><br>This month, PerkNow decided to rebrand as “Nectar,” letting companies know they’ve sweetened the pot with two more features to their software: employee voice and peer recognition.<br>“As we’ve expanded into other areas within HR, and within company culture, (we’ve been) very pigeonholed with (PerkNow),” Larson said. “Instead of being stuck in this one pillar of what we do ... we felt the rebrand is necessary now rather than later.” The name is symbolic, Larson said, springing from the idea that bees are the “epitome of good organization.”<br>“It’s the idea that bees, they go out and they have to collect nectar individually, and then they bring it back in. Nectar is actually the building block of honey,” Larson said. “So it’s kind of the same concept of, if you ... bring out software into your company, we can help create a sweet culture.”<br><br>Helping employees feel heard is one of the keys to creating a sweet company culture, according to Larson, Horn and Hollis. Through their software platform Nectar, HR administrators can send out “pulse” surveys more frequently with just a handful of questions, such as three to four questions every couple of weeks or every month. “That way, you’re getting real time feedback from employees, so that you can constantly be innovating and improving,” Larson said.<br><br>Based on research by Nectar, the software platform has a number of top questions to ask employees that can be sent out in a campaign in less than a minute, and can be scheduled in advance. Through Nectar, employers can view their “employee engagement score” and see trends over time, enabling companies to better address areas in need of improvement.<br><br>In addition to shorter, more frequent surveys, Nectar has a mechanism for employee feedback that involves a two-way anonymous chat. “Let’s say an employee leaves open-ended feedback like a comment in the survey. HR can go in (there) and they now have an inbox to see what people are saying and they can respond back. It opens a chat that’s two way and fully anonymous,” Larson said. “So internally they can resolve things versus employees going (somewhere else) because they have no internal channel to voice their feedback or their suggestions.” The ability for employees to feel heard, Horn said, is the most valuable part of the employee voice aspect of Nectar. “It’s cool to see employees being able to ... contribute and HR can respond and really build this culture of transparency within the company,” Horn said. “We find the most value in allowing employees to feel like they have a voice.”<br><br>The other relatively new addition to the platform is a peer recognition component — expanding employee recognition beyond leadership or management to employees. “Instead of doing top down recognition ... the company puts together a budget to allow all employees to get a certain monthly allowance that they give to each other,” Larson said.<br><br>The idea, Larson explained, is employees can attach whatever the recognition is — complimenting a co-worker on their hard work or leadership and so on — with a point award. The points employees have in their budget don’t accrue over time and can’t be used for themselves, encouraging employees to recognize their co-workers every month. When one employee recognizes another, it shows up in an internal recognition feed for the whole company to see. Once employees accrue points, they can pick a reward like a gift card, or company swag. “All that is built in to create this cadence or frequency around people recognizing each other for positive behaviors,” Larson said.<br><br>Having all of these things in one place, according to the founders, is one of the things that makes Nectar unique. Instead of companies need to use multiple platforms for perks or employee engagement, they can just use Nectar. And, the core product is free. The company continues to make a profit thanks to commissions from perks used and gift cards redeemed. “Our goal and our mission with this is, these (kinds of) tools are so cost prohibitive currently, that we want to open it up and get to as many companies and as many employees as possible,” Larson said. “It’s almost like democratizing recognition and employee feedback.”<br><br>Horn clarified there is still a paid version of everything, but companies can use the core product for free as long as they want. “We wanted to make the employee experience better and we feel like this is the best and easiest way,” Horn said. “The fat that we’re getting money from the gift cards on the back end ... makes it so more people can get better rewards, and (helps) us fulfill our mission from the beginning to just help employees.”<br><br>Check out the platform by visiting <a href=""></a>.<br><br>“(We want to) get this into as many hands as possible,” Larson said.`) }} ...

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7 Misconceptions about Human Resources

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Why Employee Recognition Matters

{{ excerpt(`Humans have a basic need for affirmation and praise. &nbsp;It makes them feel loved and appreciated. &nbsp;This is true in both their personal and professional lives. &nbsp;Thoughtful, aware, savvy, employers have long understood showing employees you appreciate what they do improves their self confidence, motivates them to do and achieve more and makes them more of an asset to the company. Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, considers his greatest asset to be his ability to arouse the enthusiasm of his staff by showing his hearty appreciation for what they do by lavishing them with praise.<br><br>Praise, Recognition And Appreciation Matters<br><br>Employee recognition programs results in better employee engagement, makes employees more likely to recognize and acknowledge their peers and superiors' personal and work related achievements and makes them work harder and be more productive. &nbsp;For about 90% of workers, knowing their good work is not going unnoticed it makes them less likely to leave the company. &nbsp; This benefits the company because hiring and training replacement workers is expensive and result in lower productivity until the new worker becomes familiar with their tasks.<br><br>Different Types Of Employee Recognition Programs<br><br>All employees don't need or respond to the same type of recognition. &nbsp;While some enjoy public acknowledgement of their work, others prefer if management and their peers show their appreciation in more private ways. &nbsp;Some company enhance their workplace culture by introducing in-house peer to peer recognition programs and a variety of other types of employee recognition programs. &nbsp;Many companies have instituted an employee perks program designed to reward and motivate their employees and enhance their growth and development.<br><br>The Importance Of Employee Feedback &nbsp;<br><br>Giving and receiving employee feedback helps to develop and enhance a positive workplace culture. &nbsp;When employees consistently receive positive feedback from their peers and supervisors, they tend to become more engaged and productive and less likely to leave the company. &nbsp;Recognition matters. &nbsp;It can amplify their feeling of achievement. &nbsp;Positive feedback can help employees maximize their skills and talents. &nbsp;The key is to employ the right employee feedback tools to motivate employees to work to help both themselves and the organization reach their full potential. &nbsp;<br><br>What Is Employee Recognition<br><br>Employee recognition is offering acknowledgement and praise to employees based on their behavior and achievements. &nbsp; Many organizations use employee recognition as a way to reinforce desired behaviors, express their appreciation for a job well done and to motivate employees to continue to work hard. &nbsp;When it's regular, authentic and deserved, employee recognition can help unlock a worker's full potential. &nbsp;It can move them to put their heart and soul into the preparation, presentation and execution of every project to make it something of which they will be proud. &nbsp;That uplifting feeling that comes with an important accomplishment is multiplied exponentially when the worker's peers and management notice and acknowledge it.<br><br>Benefits Of Authentic Employee Recognition<br><br>Authentic employee recognition provides many important and valuable benefits. &nbsp;It can help to provide a major boost to an employee's morale and help to improve their performance. &nbsp;When companies reward employees for their contributions, it makes them feel more connected to the organization and makes them more willing to put just as much thought, planning and hard work into their next project. &nbsp;A growing number of companies have come to realize that authentic employee recognition can make a significant improvement in employee satisfaction, engagement and retention rates.<br><br>Employee Recognition Serves Many Purposes<br><br>Regularly recognizing employees for their quality work is not only a top driver of employee engagement, for many employees going to work each day in a company where your skills and dedication is recognized, acknowledged and rewarded is awesome. &nbsp;This has led to the growth in the use of employee feedback tools which provide information that can be used to design a more effective employee perks program. &nbsp;By paying attention to employee feedback, organizations will have a clearer understanding of the kind of perks employees want and for which they will routinely put in more time and energy at work.<br><br>Employee Recognition Best Practices<br><br>There are a number of excellent methods and techniques companies can employ to enhance the effectiveness of their use of employee recognition and create a more cohesive, exciting, productive and attractive workplace culture. &nbsp;Three employee recognition best practices include the use of an incentive laden employee recognition program, meaningful peer to peer recognition programs and a good employee perks program based on information gleaned from open and honest feedback from employees. &nbsp;Using these three methodologies separately and in tandem helps to make employees excited to got to work and do their best.<br><br>Results Of Recognition In The Workplace<br><br>When meaningful, authentic, employee recognition is regularly shared in the workplace, it leads to several very desirable results. &nbsp;It showcases personal and professional goal achievement and makes employees feel good about themselves and their workplace. &nbsp;Employee recognition that celebrates employees' strong effort when they go the extra mile helps to create an emotional connection between the employee, their coworkers and the company that fuels the drive for excellence in the workplace. &nbsp;<br><br>The Power Of Positive Recognition<br><br>Positively recognizing the actions and achievements of employees who work hard and do great things reinforces what is important to and valued by the organization. &nbsp;Those recognized and rewarded actions are more likely to be repeated and become part of the company's culture. &nbsp;How that person is recognized makes the gesture even more powerful. &nbsp;Whether it is done publicly or privately, the validation is offered by both peers and higher ups, it's both attributed and anonymous and is given for both a specific behavior or an achievement, it will be deeply appreciated by the employee.<br><br>Some Revealing Statistics<br><br>Employee recognition in the workplace is very important. &nbsp;It stabilizes the workplace and reduces employee turnover. &nbsp;According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, a vast majority of workers who changed jobs cited lack of employee recognition as one of the reasons. &nbsp;Plus, almost 90% of workers who regularly received recognition said they are happier at work. &nbsp;Research shows happy employees tend to be 12% more productive on average. &nbsp;Employee recognition also reduces employee stress and absenteeism. &nbsp;It also leads to less tardiness and fewer sick days. &nbsp;Recognition also leads nearly 90% of employees to trust their bosses. &nbsp;They also work harder, more efficiently and remain in their jobs longer. &nbsp;Workplaces with an employee recognition program tends to attract top employment candidates. &nbsp;It also increases employee engagement by 60%.<br><br>Enhancing Employee Satisfaction Through Recognition<br><br>Authentic, regular, meaningful, employee recognition can improve the culture in any workplace. &nbsp;One way is to encourage employees to nominate other members of the staff for recognition. &nbsp;This motivates them to look for the good in their coworkers and identify the valuable contributions they make to the organization. &nbsp;They can use peer to peer recognition programs and employee feedback tools. &nbsp;A good salary is no longer enough to keep workers happy, motivated and engaged. Employee recognition, praise and rewards are essential to keep them satisfied and help them deliver greater results.<br><br>Recognizing Strong Performance And Great Achievements<br><br>When modern employees regularly receive praise for superior performance, they are happier and more productive. &nbsp;But how you successfully put employee recognition into practice can vary from one workplace to another depending on the employee's personality and the organization's culture. &nbsp;The key is to show employees appreciation all year long to make them feel valued. &nbsp;Make it part of the foundation of your workplace. &nbsp;Don't only do it on National Employee Appreciation Day.`) }} ...

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