Recently, the Society for Human Resource Management released their annual Employee Recognition survey.
It was conveyed that the top three challenges HR Professionals face are:
... no real surprise.....
The problem is that surveys seldom tell the whole story. Here are a few potential questions to pose:
1. If you were responsible for putting together your company's Employee Recognition program are you are going to defend it's viability at all costs?
2. If you weren't, are you automatically prone to seek alternatives?
3. Was the survey worded to confirm program viability or to challenge it?
- Human Resources professionals do not lack organizational strategy, but we are passive aggressive.
- Surveys that seek to validate do not create actionable change management.
The problem is not your Employee Recognition Program, it is the intent that it has never revealed.
All companies have a reward and recognition program in place, but the degree of adoption is what is genuinely important.
If you do not seek to understand what sucks about your program it will remain a transactional "nice to have" not a critical organizational component.
Think about the last survey you took.... were you honest about the GAPs in your strategy or defensive of the choices you seek to validate?
Employee Recognition is merely the entry point to Employee Engagement... If recognition is the endpoint, engagement remains unattainable.
If you continue to believe that you can micro-manage employees, you are sadly mistaken. Your employees may not submit their discontent with the free lamp you gave them for 10 years of service on a program survey.... Glassdoor & other Social Media outlets may tell a different story.
More than a reward or cash, people want to know their opportunity for organizational advancement (in real time). You cannot wait until the end of the year to tell your employee she is doing a great job. Nor can you allow only the middle manager to be the ticket taker on the road to employee progress.
Employees should have clearly defined goals. Completion of said goals should be broadcast to the masses. Corporate Citizenship should be valued equal to performance metrics in developing the leaders of tomorrow.
Managers Masquerading as Leaders
Are your middle managers building their legacy or covering their ass?
Scenario: Tom has been married 3 times and has kids in grade school and college alike. He'll be dammed if he is going to give up his place in the middle of the hierarchy. You are paying him $500,000 a year and each year he drives away 4 people who are more talented than he is.
Either don't know...don't show...or don't care that your organizational future is being corrupted.
If your door is open but your employees fear the implication of engaging HR, your managers may be protecting their point at the helm of the sinking boat.
You can have a pot of gold at the end of the hallway but if no one is given a key to unlock the door your greatest benefits are gathering dust.
Don't Forget to Remember!