Off the back of the #MeToo media campaign, it’s no surprise that the lines surrounding employee appreciation are now blurrier than ever.Dustingoff those not-so-rose-tinted specs, we’re helping HR specialists and SME business owners refocus onrewarding individual and team efforts positively.
Employee recognition and reward
Touched on in our popular Culture Economy Report, recognition, reward and feedback are identified as management musts. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Research highlights that verbal, non-monetary incentives have a greater impact on employee engagement and thus, business performance. This free-for-all strategy for face-to-screenrecognition and reward is also strongly endorsed during our interview withMasabi(a transport tech company). They’ve seen that peer-to-peerkudosand feedback is essential for promoting a healthy company culture and retaining staff.
AndMasabiaren’t the only ones who share ourattitude.TinyPulse(a successfulEmployee Engagement & Feedback Software business linked with Microsoft)went on to comment:
‘...employees who were prominent hubs of giving and receiving kudos from both inside and outside of their workgroup outperformed their colleagues’.
While the stats are well infavourof promoting employee recognition and reward, our Culture Economy Report revealed that many employees are in fact sensitive to publicattention. We’ll ditch theflowers, chocolates and silence the fanfare then...
How to appropriately handle employee appreciation
Good news; there’s a solution right at your fingertips. Thanks to our in-app kudos feature, you can now award your team with a virtual sticker of appreciation, alongside a helpful note or comment for all the business to see (and applaud).
Split into categories of excellence, employees and managers can select another member of their team for kudos. Customise kudos types for your company, or feel free to use ours:
Job well done
Made my day easier
Saved the day
Went the extra mile
Living our values: 5 pillars:
Can do attitude
The more kudos each employee receives, the higher up the leader board they climb. The scores are totted up every month and, yep - you guessed it - the one at the top receives the well-deserved accolade ofBreathe’semployee of the month.
“The kudos feature is simply wonderful. It doesn't take much to say a simple well done, but I can pop into my account and say thanks to a colleague. Not only does it make me feel warm and snuggly on the inside, but it always makes my colleagues’ day. Praise costs nothing! I received 14kudos in Januaryand wasawarded employee of the month. I felt very honoured and was hand delivered a balloon and bottle of bubbly by our CEO. It feels great to be working at a company where they live and 'breathe' their culture and it's demonstrated by the kudos feature.”
Now prolific in business and educational sectors, this simple plural-noun has covered impressive ground. Weaving its way into boardrooms, offices and corporate social media channels (such aLinkedIn), many HR consultants and SME managers recognise kudosas the go-to-tool for improving employee engagement and encouraging great company culture.
And quite right too.
Recognition in numbers:
Our company have sent 2,190 kudos to each other since the feature went live in January 2013.
75,000kudos flewacross our clients’ teams in 2018.
A staggering 228,813 kudos have been awardedsince the beginning ofBreathe.
In the words of Led Zeppelin: That’s a whole lotta love.