Have you ever worked extremely hard on a project, or closed a difficult account and felt like an indestructible work machine with the soundtrack from Chariots of Fire rolling around your head as you stand a few inches taller around the water cooler? If so have you felt the reciprocal range of emotion as you are indirectly put back in your place by a lack lustre, inauthentic acknowledgement by your superior? You leave not only discouraged, but in many cases wanting to take your awesomeness to an employer that values you and your contributions…because damnit, YOU deserve it!
We were at the Motivate Europe Live Conference in April and there were a lot of ideas and talk around how best to improve employee engagement. We believe the answer is about humanizing work with more social tools.
The way we work and the digital tools we use are going to more closely resemble the tools we use in our everyday lives. Lets face it, most platforms and systems in the work place for communication, administration and Human Resources are nowhere near as elegant, compelling or easy to use as our personal tools or Apps.
The team at Kudos has definitely been busy. Companies all over the world are quickly realizing just how much employee recognition matters, and they’re getting their teams engaged on Kudos. A growing Kudos universe meant it was also time to grow our language offering. While Kudos was all already offering an employee recognition product in English, French and Spanish, we’re now in use in over 80 countries and we’ve added five more languages, with more on the way, to keep recognition expanding to progressive organization across the globe.
We’ve done some digging to see what some of the organizations who do employee engagement right have to say. The likes of Sir Richard Branson definitely have sage advice on creating an energized and excited team of people. While there a lot of different ways to do it, leaders the world over agree that a well thought-out employee engagement strategy does the trick.
Since 1995, the first Friday in March has been dedicated to Employee Appreciation Day, and this year it falls on March 6. If you’re using Kudos, you know that effective employee recognition is a 365 practice, which is all the more reason to make a splash! When recognition already plays a big part in your culture on a daily basis, going over and above on Employee Appreciation Day shows your organization’s depth of commitment. Excited to celebrate? Let’s get this employee appreciation party started!
Oh no…another employee recognition program?! Negative emotions can run high in some organizations around these types of new program initiatives. The main questions are: How do you avoid this reaction? And how can you maximize the adoption of your new initiative?
In our December post, Wrap Up the Year Right: Regift Your Team’s 2014 Success, we talked about utilizing positive reinforcement to keep your team motivated all the way through the holiday slump right in to 2015. With January well under way, we wanted to get you prepared to make this year a legendary one for employee recognition. But with so many methods and ideologies floating around on how to improve employee performance, retention and motivation, it’s hard to know where to start. We believe simple is better, and positive reinforcement is simply the best beginning you can make. So let’s start the year off right and dive deeper into what positive reinforcement is and how it can inspire your team.
It's no secret that recognition is at the core of an engaged team, but you've got to get it just right for it to be effective. Luckily for you, recognition is what we do best! We've put together an infographic that will help you recognize right each and every time. Enjoy!
The end of the year is a great time for reflection and holiday-induced excitement, but it can also bring with it a desire to hibernate come December 1. Before your team turns into a group of grumbly, sleepy bears, it’s critical that you take action to recognize the past year’s success stories. While that seems simple enough, it does beg the question: are you ready to wrap up the year while keeping momentum, and getting your team excited to achieve 2015 goals? With a little help from us, you will be.
Our friends at Contactzilla know a thing or two about keeping a workplace connected, and their Co-Founder, Mark Panay, has written a special guest post so you Kudos Lovers can benefit from his Employee Happiness wisdom. Thanks Mark!
You pay your team well, take them out for dinner, let them play pool and don’t mind when they update their Facebook status at work. But does all this really make them happy?
Keeping your employees engaged can be a fine art. Every organization has its own dynamic team with differing wants, needs and goals. Above providing your team with engaging work that they feel good about doing, it is also important to give them time to check out and recharge their batteries.