How to Create an Employee of the Month Scheme for the 21st Century
1. Give Your Employees a Say
One way to make each and every employee feel valued is to give them a say regarding the employee of the month award program. After all, the award is all about them so why not empower your employees to choose how their achievements are rewarded? A simple email survey asking their opinions can change the way these staff awards are perceived and will generate renewed interest and participation levels.
2. Be Specific
3. Get Social
How you recognise the achievements of your employees can greatly affect the success of your employee reward program. If you are still sending out the same tired old certificates as employee awards, it could be time to change your approach. Recognition and praise are powerful motivators so why not use your company’s social channels to shout employee praise from the rooftops? Giving your top employee of the month recognition on social media or creating a blog post on the company website in their honour is one way to personally thank them for their time and effort.
4. Real Time Recognition
One of the downfalls of a monthly award is that the recognition is not given in a timely manor. Waiting 30 days to recognise your employees’ achievements may not be the way forward. Instead, have employees work on a points basis where every achievement is recorded and their points can be redeemed against prizes at the end of each month, perhaps utilise eCards to send instant recognition or online notifications each time an employee performs an action worthy of note. This will give them the incentive they need to achieve their goals throughout the month.