When we think of recognition and reward, it often takes our minds to thoughts such as service awards, retirement parting gifts, barbeque lunches and pizza days. During our first HR event in the GTA, Randy Josephs and Susan Vaz of Kisko Products, shared their R & R programs (and of course we are not referring to Rest and Relaxation), and the list of ideas quickly grew. Here are a few takeaways that may help you to spruce up your program.
- If a person is breathing, they would appreciate recognition....we all need recognition on a daily basis...it's food for the soul!
- Daily start-up meetings are an ideal time to provide team and individual recognition...don't miss this opportunity to align your people through recognition.
- A simple chalk talk with three questions each day, helps recognize both good and poor behavior, and empowers positive change.
- What did we do well?
- What did we do poorly?
- What do we need to change?
- In practical terms, one of the goals of R & R is to motivate. Another way to look at this is to focus R & R on removing de-motivating factors
- Recognizing a persons retirement is a great way to acknowledge their accomplishments and contributions, and throwing a party (so to speak), the day they start can be a great way to acknowledge the start of an exciting career. How about a cake and a big warm "welcome to the team"
- Giving back or giving to the community can be a great way to demonstrate company values and caring for the environment, or those less fortunate.
- Advancing personal growth and devleopment by supporting and encouraging education in an area that benefits both the employee and the organization
- Lunch and learns on topics that will help your employee live more balanced lives such as nutrition, financial planning, work/life balance
- Acknowledge suggestions for improvements that align with your operational goals and create friendly competition to accelerate improvement and change
- Walk the four walls as often as possible and get to know your people as "people", (some may only be "faces"). Give a hand before you ask for one!
- Make R & R fun! Be uplifting and shout out recognition whether it's employee of the month, personal days, Christmas parties, etc. Make them special.
- Create a memorable moment that's uplifting for someone, everyday!
Please add your comments below and lets build on this list of takeaways, and start 2014 with a revitalized approach to R & R!
A special thanks and shout out to the folks at Kisko, for hosting a great event and sharing with us, how they strive to make their place of work, a more respectful, uplifting and caring business, every day. We look foward to seeing you at our next HR event on March 4th. Please check out the GTA calendar for more details.