Here are some key statistics to bear this point out:
- Organizations with recognition programs which are highly effective at enabling employee engagement had 31% lower voluntary turnover than organizations with ineffective recognition programs. (Bersin by Deloitte, The State of Employee Recognition, 2012)
- 41% of companies that use peer-to-peer recognition have seen marked positive increases in customer satisfaction. (SHRM/Globoforce Employee Recognition Survey, 2012)
- Praise and commendation from managers was rated the top motivator for performance, beating out other noncash and financial incentives, by a majority of workers (67%). (McKinsey Motivating People, Getting Beyond Money, 2009)
Bearing all of the above in mind, now consider your company’s employee recognition program. Are your employees empowered with tools to help them recognize each other’s achievements? For many companies, acknowledging an employee’s outstanding performance is an afterthought relegated to informal happy hours. While many a manager may highlight a team member’s performance to their direct team, is the rest of the company aware of these significant accomplishments? Here’s another statistic to ponder: Only 14% of organizations provide managers with the necessary tools for rewards and recognition. (Aberdeen Group, The Power of Employee Recognition, 2013)
Here at BrightStarr, we’re excited to introduce one of the latest new Unily features that can be used to strengthen a company’s existing employee recognition program: Badges! Badges can be defined by a company’s leadership and awarded to individuals who demonstrate exceptional performance or expertise in a given business unit. Within Unily, employees can then view their coworkers’ awarded badges, thus fostering a culture where outstanding employee performance is formally recognized and widely socialized.
Below are some example badges to consider:
- Subject Matter Expert (SME) – Person who is considered an expert in their relevant business unit who is happy to answer any questions from colleagues
- Unily Champion – Power user who is available for general/client-specific Unily training
- Site Owner – The designated administrator for a given business unit who can field any site content-related requests from end users
- Individual Achievement Badges – Various badges formulated by management to reward direct reports on their team
o Corporate Communications – Content Contributor MVP Badge for employees who help write a news story for Corporate Communications’ Intranet that receives a set number of views by end users
o IT – Badge for IT Support team member who troubleshoots and resolves the most support tickets for a given time period
o Project Management Office (PMO) – Badge rewarding a Project Manager for successfully closing out their latest project
If you'd like to see more of what Unily intranets can do, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team.