HRO Today December 2017 - 73

Employee Recognition
Give Some, Get More
Five strategies that help create a more fulfi lled workforce.
By Derek Irvine
In today's global, modern workplace, the concept
of bringing more humanity, recognition, and social
connection to the employee experience continues to gain
momentum. Forward-thinking HR and business leaders are
realizing traditional performance management methods
have become archaic. It's no longer about just getting
more from employees. Rather, it's about managers and
company leaders giving employees more to help them fi nd
value and meaning in their work.
A new survey of U.S. workers released by the WorkHuman
Research Institute indicates that workplaces that
incorporate continuous performance feedback, companywide
celebrations of employee milestones, and diversity
and inclusion initiatives, are more likely to establish
stronger senses of trust, belonging, and respect among
employees.
Organizations can use these workplace practices to create
a more productive and fulfi lled workforce. Here are fi ve
key takeaways to help:
* Employees don't receive enough praise, leading to a lack
of fulfi llment at work. According to the survey, 45 percent
of workers have not been recognized at work in more
than six months. Another 16 percent said they have never
been recognized at work.
Employees need recognition tied to an organization's
goals to fi nd meaning in their work. Frequency also has
an impact. The survey found that employees recognized
in the last month were 29 percent more likely to agree
with the statement: " The work we do at my organization
has meaning and purpose for me, " compared to those
who had never been recognized. This demonstrates how
recognition is a critical factor in both motivating and
retaining employees.
* Values-based recognition creates better employee
experiences. To address an apparent lack of employee
recognition, organizations should consider valuesbased
recognition, where recognition is given based
on an employee demonstrating a core value of the
organization. Ninety-three percent of those surveyed at
companies with recognition programs tied to core values
agreed the work they do has meaning and purpose. At
companies with no formal recognition program, this
sentiment dropped by 12 percentage points.
Based on data, values-based recognition programs lead
to better work experiences for employees. Eighty-eight
percent of workers at companies with this type of program
described their overall experience at work as positive.
What's more, workers at companies with no formal
recognition were three times as likely to say their overall
experience at work was negative.
In organizations with values-based recognition programs,
employees were nearly twice as likely to believe
passionately in their company's core values. Because
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