Traditionally, recognition at work has meant bonuses and programs like employee of the month. But these don’t necessarily drive engagement.
A generic pat on the back at the end of the year isn’t good enough. Let me explain.
When employees have come to expect bonuses or their turn as employee of the month, they don’t feel like their work is being appreciated.
They feel like a cog in the machine. Our Employee Engagement Report found that fewer than one in three employees feels valued at their job.
Research has demonstrated that if employees don’t feel adequately recognized they’re more likely to leave.
In fact, a CareerBuilder survey found that 50% of employees believed better recognition would lead to less voluntary turnover. And a recent Globoforce survey of HR leaders found that employee engagement is a top issue, with people more likely to quit their jobs in the strengthening economy.