As the holiday season comes to an end and the kids return to school, employees also return to work with renewed vigour. Your employees can arrive back with new ideas and perspectives, figured out on some sunny beach or rainly caravan park.
My question is: do organisations have a mechanism in place to harness these new perspectives and ideas? Some employees will take note of their ideas and apply them on their return, but will they be recognised for their action? If such behaviour was routinely encouraged and recognised, new ideas and fresh perspectives from all levels could be organically incorporated into organisations.
Social recognition is a tool that can be used to harness this energy in a structured way. It combines the best communication features of social media with the ability to send meaningful peer-to-peer recognition and manager-to-peer recognition. It also encourages immediate recognition of employees and their ideas.
As September begins, recognising employees for their good ideas will build their personal esteem and help to retain and recruit the best employees. If employees encounter a nurturing, welcoming culture on their return from vacation, one that values them and utilises their insights, the organisation will also benefit greatly.
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