Employee Recognition during COVID-19
Employee Recognition With dzook
In today’s competitive environment, the winning companies are the ones that have a high-skilled and professional staff. However, not only is it hard to find and recruit such employees but also it is much harder to keep them in your company. Thus, having recognition and appreciation programs in the workplace as a part of a company’s culture is essential nowadays to keep employees motivated and engaged, and give your business a competitive edge.
So what is employee recognition?
Employee recognition is all about the open acknowledgment and expressed appreciation of individuals and teams within your company for their hard work and accomplishments. Employee recognition helps to create an emotional connection with your employees and company, making employees feel respected, valued, and loved. The goal of employee recognition in the company is to reinforce particular behaviors that lead to better performance, improved employee engagement, increased productivity, reduced turnover, and boosted morale.
Let’s take a look at some statistics from the US market to understand the whole importance of employee recognition.
- According to the Achievers’ study, 93% of employees hope to be recognized at least once a quarter, which shows that they have a deep desire for recognition.
- In a recent study by Harvard Business Review, 72% of respondents said that recognition of their high performance had a significant impact on their engagement and 40% of employed Americans reported they would put more energy into their work if they received recognition more often.
- As a result of the survey conducted by HR software company BambooHR, it was revealed that 75% of employees who received recognition at least once a month were satisfied with their jobs.
The numbers above show the importance of well-executed employee recognition and appreciation programs. Nowadays organizations are rethinking and increasingly adopting those programs, and many of them succeed.
Unfortunately, the current situation in the world and the COVID-19 pandemic forced most of the companies to switch to “work from home” mode. All the communication started taking place online, with the most real-life communication alike method being video calls. All these made the work of HR professionals much harder in regards to organizing all the recognition and appreciation programs remotely.
In these tough times, never than ever, employees need to feel valued and beloved. Moreover, it is essential to keep the team spirit and not to forget about special occasions such as work anniversaries, birthdays, and others which should not suffer because of the current situation.
That is why we are offering our help to HR professionals in creating unique personalized cards that will not only make your employees happy and will brighten up their mood, but also will make them feel valued and more engaged.
With our dzook platform, you can create electronic greeting cards with your employees’ personalized illustrations for different occasions absolutely for free with the possibility of adding a greeting text right on the card in the nearest future. You can use the illustrated portraits to order branded cards with your logo and text, as well as personalized gifts, such as mugs, t-shirts, notebooks, and more with the employee’s character on them.
Here are some ideas on how you can use dzook platform in your recognition activities:
- Wishing “Happy Birthday”
Just because people around the world are practicing social distancing and working from home does not mean their birthdays should not be celebrated. Moreover, a birthday celebration can be a bright spot during these uncertain times even if done remotely. Make sure to congratulate your employees publicly with their personalized dzook illustrations and encourage other employees to cherish the birthday person with warm wishes. You can even sing “Happy Birthday” all together using the video conferencing tools.
- Celebrating work anniversaries
According to the Harvard Business Review study, employees are likely to leave their current workplaces after a year of employment with the upcoming generations moving around more in their careers. This is why employees’ work anniversaries should not go unnoticed. Thank them for their contribution and loyalty to your company. A great way to do this during these times is to share a greeting card with the employee’s dzook illustration along with the number of years working at your company. You can even add a note with their accomplishments during those years or what makes them a valuable employee to your company.
- Welcoming new employees
Knowing that there are a lot of challenges for the onboarding process of the new employees because of the current situation that require fresh and innovative approaches, we are offering a fun way to introduce and welcome your new team members. You can create their illustrated character with dzook platform and post it to your company’s internal communication channel with a short bio and some fun information about the new team member.
- Saying “Thank You”
A thank you is such an easy way to show your appreciation. Thank the employees that went an additional milestone to help achieve company goals and encourage your employees to practice peer-to-peer recognition by calling out the positive things people are doing. Use dzook illustrations to make the thank you note more personalized. You and your company employees can easily upload a person’s image to the dzook platform and get the illustrated character within several seconds.
- Giving rewards
Do you have “Employee of the month” or other rewards for the best performers of each month? Working remotely should not hinder your company’s traditions. Even though you are not able to give a big applause to the top performers gathered in the office, you can still make a public announcement of this month’s heroes by posting their illustration with their reward title.
These are only several of many available options you can use dzook illustrations for making remote working more fun and recognizing your employees. If you found these ideas interesting and useful to you and your company, simply visit www.dzook.ai, upload a photo and get the illustrated character within several seconds. You are also free to contact us in case you need our help in designing a unique greeting card for every cause or occasion.
And remember, now more than ever your employees need to be united, valued and appreciated, and we’re here to help you!
Article by Inna Vardanyan