Recognize This: If people aren’t appreciating each other, your employee recognition program is a failure.
Check out my post on Compensation Café today, Signs Your Recognition Program Is in Trouble, in which I discuss three signs you know your employee recognition program isn’t working:
1) A visitor’s reaction to the general atmosphere upon crossing the threshold is, “I’m glad I don’t work here.”
2) A consultant is the first person to make a 28-year employee feel like his thoughts and opinions are valuable and listened to.
3) Employees aren’t participating in the program, no matter how good you think your recognition and rewards program is.
In the post, I dive more deeply into the drivers behind these signs of program failure and what you – at any level in the organization – can do about it.
I also mention our own survey results, announced today:
“The first semi-annual report for the Globoforce Workforce Mood Tracker shows recognition ambivalence among today's employees in the United States. While 68 percent of those surveyed feel appreciated at their jobs, an alarming 41 percent of workers are not satisfied with the level of recognition they receive for doing good work. Indicative of both the infrequency and non-personal nature of many of today's employee recognition programs, 43 percent of U.S. workers had not been recognized in the past three months. More importantly, a startling 55 percent felt they were not rewarded according to job performance, indicating a critical disconnect between recognition and performance.”
These results parallel findings from a SmartBrief on Workforce poll earlier this month in which only 15% agreed their incentive program is effective.
Click over to Compensation Café and let me know -- What signs of a recognition program in trouble have you seen? What are your recommendations to fix such a program?