3 Tips to Recognize Seasoned Employees and Drive Motivation
People in today’s society are looking for more than a job, they are looking for a career; an environment that satisfies their needs of feeling valued and promotes positive personal growth. When business leaders express appreciation for their employees by recognizing them, either privately or publically, they are creating an office culture that is encouraging and motivating. Utilizing tools to recognize seasoned employees for their dedicated work, such as Service Awards not only boosts their personal motivation, but also engages new/younger staff to work harder to achieve the same level of success.
“Managers recognizing employee performance increases engagement by almost 60%” – Officevibe
When you were younger you aspired to become like your role model, whether that was Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan or Barbra Steisand. Watching their achievements being recognized by a global audience encouraged you to work hard and become successful; the same theory applies to the workplace. When your younger staff members see your more seasoned employees being recognized for their efforts through Years of Service Awards, they then are more encouraged to work harder to one day achieve that same level of recognition. It is also important to create recognition initiatives that are unique, personalized and desirable to the rest of your staff. Use these three tips to develop an impactful Years of Service Award announcement for your employees and, in turn, create a more driven environment:
1. Video Messages: As we live in a digital age, utilizing these tools to congratulate your employees on their Years of Service is an innovative and fun way to interact with them and your company as a whole. Whether you simply host it on your company’s intranet or create a quarterly company luncheon initiative to highlight goals and celebrate your seasoned employees with a “thank you video.” Making the recognition announcement to the whole company will motivate your staff and aid in overall retention. This is also the chance to create something personal so that the person being recognized feels truly valued and appreciated.
2. Social Media: Almost every person from individuals to corporations utilizes social media, so use it to your creative advantage. Utilizing social media to recognize your Service Awards recipients is a great way to get your whole company, as well as valued customers involved to showing appreciation for that employee. Create a Service Award social media plan and allow customers, fellow employees, family and friends the opportunity to share their appreciation for the recipients work and express how proud they are of their achievements.
3. Inspiration Book: For those seasoned employees, there is no greater feeling than knowing you inspire those around you. Creating a custom inspiration book with photos, quotes and notes from fellow employees is a first hand account of their appreciation for recipients dedication and inspiring words of wisdom is a creative and interactive way to get personal with your awards. Getting your whole company involved will make your staff feel more a part of recognizing their peers and drive a higher level of motivation to work harder and achieve the same success.