Social recognition platforms are being developed to accommodate this growing generation of Internet savvy employees. I agree that social recognition can assist in the task of engaging and motivating employees, but I wonder if Human Resources are relying solely on this method and other virtual solutions such as e-cards and virtual credit cards. These may be convenient and fast solutions, but do they deliver in the context of this ‘media’ onslaught?
Congratulations to Rory Mcilroy who is delighted to receive the recognition of his peers
Stand out from the media bombardment
Employee recognition needs to be differentiated to stand out from the crowd. This can be achieved using more tangible methods of recognising employees, from the hand written ‘Thank You’ card to the hand shake when presenting a tangible gift. This approach may be considered old-fashioned by some but recognition is a tradition that continues to attract and retain good employees. No matter what their age, employees still like to feel that you have gone to some trouble to recognise them.
Modern choice of gifts that respects tradition
The time of presenting the gold watch has long gone and it is now possible to offer a modern choice of tangible gifts, facilitated online, while also respecting and supporting the tradition of employee recognition. Companies have to move with the times, but they also need to consider their values and ensure that their employees feel valued. A question to consider is ‘how much of your gesture will employees remember in a years time’. Tangible gifts will continue to remind employees of their value and your appreciation.
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