Meaningful recognition provides deep impact on the individual receiving the message, and your overall culture goals.
Meaningful recognition is defined as messages that:
- Identify who you are recognizing
- Articulate their activity
- Explain the personal and/or business impact of those efforts
Level up your meaningful recognition by writing it for only one person as well as tie it back to a goal, objective or core value of your organization.
Why does meaningful recognition matter? When individuals take a few extra seconds to reflect and explain why they appreciate a colleague, it:
- Enables them to have a deeper connection and understanding of your company values and behaviours.
- Creates a stronger, longer lasting, feeling of appreciation for the receiver.
- Provides context for managers to understand contributions and recognize the employee’s overall performance to the organization.
- Ensures the employees in your company are using the Kudos Give Bar as it is intended that will help you drive an organizational culture of appreciation and performance.
- Provides the giver of recognition a moment of mindfulness that can increase their overall happiness at work.
Here are a few tips for fostering Meaningful Recognition in your company:
- Try to avoid contests around Meaningful Recognition, however, feel free to reward the behaviour via Badges or Awards. Do not put a cap on Meaningful Recognition Awards, nor strongly advertise the additional reward available for this behaviour. This is because Meaningful Recognition is something you want to have happen all the time without the promise of a reward.
- Highlight messages that are specific and impactful regularly to your team, but the frequency that you provide them with a reward is up to you. We see some organizations do this quarterly (with highlights happening monthly), or annually (with highlights happening quarterly).
For resources and guidance on how to create a Meaningful Recognition campaign, please connect with your Kudos Account Manager or reach out to our friendly staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.