How do you keep your employees engaged and productive? Many organizations think this is solely dependent on salary, but money is only part of the equation. In fact, study after study point out the importance of employee recognition. Recognition not only boosts employee engagement, but it also has been found to increase productivity and loyalty, resulting in higher retention. Here are a few ways that a business can use handwritten notes as part of an employee engagement program.
Recognize Extra Effort
Chances are that your top achievers would like you to acknowledge their hard work. High fives and callouts in meetings are great but a thoughtful and personal note will really drive home the sense of appreciation. The example below is effective because it references specific achievements and future objectives. This form of recognition leads to immediate engagement, encouraging the employee to continue surpassing their goals.
Recognize Important Milestones
Your employees likely spend more than a third of their day at work. This time spent working is meaningful and they look forward to progress. Recognizing an employee’s milestones, whether it be a promotion or a tenure, goes a long way in keeping them engaged. This example is meaningful because it communicates the manager’s pride in her employee.
Recognize That Your Employees Are Human
Our work lives and our personal lives are forever intertwined. Sometimes it’s appropriate to acknowledge those special personal moments. This birthday note is successful not only because it’s nice, but because it shows the manager had thought about the birthday before the actual day. Additionally, it expresses the employee’s value to the team.
Effective employee recognition is an incredibly effective way to increase employee engagement rates. Whether you have an extensive employee engagement program or are just dabbling in a few tactics, a thoughtful handwritten note is sure to make someone’s day. So create some custom stationery and start recognizing your employees today!