What HR Leaders Should Know About Encouraging Recognition

What HR Leaders Should Know About Encouraging Recognition

What are workers’ current attitudes concerning recognition and appreciation from their employers? And how important are these perspectives as driving factors behind employee engagement, job satisfaction and the motivation levels of the U.S. workforce? To answer these questions and compile benchmarks for successful employee recognition strategies, Globoforce® , an international provider of employee recognition solutions, conducts a semi-annual Globoforce Workforce Mood Tracker survey. The survey delves into how often and in what ways employees are being recognized and how they feel about their jobs, the recognition they receive and their company’s culture. Survey data found a significant uptick in the importance of recognition over the previous year with an increasing number of organizations treating recognition as a critical way of engaging and unifying their global workforce as well as managing and growing their culture. Overall, more companies have recognition programs than a year ago (65% compared to 51% in late 2011). …

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The Progress Principle

The Progress Principle

When Teresa Amabile, professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School, and developmental psychologist Steven Kramer conducted research to learn what makes people not only come to work but also drives them to stay and perform at their best, they found the answer surprising. Employees weren’t engaged and happy with their jobs because of high salaries or on-site perks like state-of-the-art athletic facilities or even free food. Instead, they found that motivated and downright joyful workers had satisfying inner work lives. What does this mean specifically? In their book The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work (Harvard Business Review Press), Amabile and Kramer explain that great inner work life is about the work, not the accouterments. “It starts with giving people something meaningful to accomplish… It requires giving clear goals, autonomy, help and resources – what people need to …

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