BlogHuman Resources

Employee Recognition: Using it to Boost Engagement

Continu Team
One Platform for All Learning
Human Resources
January 26, 2024

Discover the power of employee recognition in enhancing engagement, with insights on its impact and best practices to implement it effectively.

Cultivate a Culture of Learning

According to Gallup, 70% of American employees are not engaged at work. We’ve all wasted an hour or two here and there chatting with coworkers or perusing cat videos, but this number is still quite shocking. Most companies have tried everything to boost employee engagement, but far too often these efforts boil down to companies heaving unproven perks at their employees and company culture remains mediocre as a result.

Employee Recognition and Engagement Statistics

70% of American employees are not engaged at work.

Free meals, games rooms, and increased vacation time are nice, but there is little evidence to suggest that they actually solve the engagement dilemma. Indeed, a different Gallup poll found that engaged employees who took less than one week of vacation in a year had 25% higher overall well-being than actively disengaged employees who took six weeks or more.

Engaged employees who took less than one week of vacation in a year had 25% higher overall well-being than actively disengaged employees who took six weeks or more.

So what are employers to do? Fostering a culture of recognition is one simple – and extremely cheap – way to build and sustain worker engagement. Recognizing a job well done produces more positive outcomes than you’d imagine, but on account of its simplicity, many companies overlook this solution to employee disengagement.

Companies that have managed to develop a company culture of recognition understand that it motivates employees by providing them with a sense of accomplishment and showing them that management values their hard work. Motivation leads to increased productivity and loyalty. This direct correlation is seen in the fact that under-recognized employees are twice as likely as their counterparts to claim they plan to quit in the next year.

Under-recognized employees are twice as likely to claim they plan to quit in the next year.

In order to be effective employee recognition must be well-conceived and appropriately delivered. Workers do not appreciate an “everyone gets a trophy” system, meaning positive reinforcement should first and foremost be honest and deserved. For instance, unless they are truly remarkable talent, companies should refrain from naming the new guy or gal employee of the month only several weeks after they’ve joined the team, as doing so tends to sour veteran workers on recognition culture as a whole.

Get a Demo

Learn why modern companies choose Continu for their learning needs
Schedule Your Demo

Research on Employee Recognition

Further, research indicates that public recognition is typically the most appreciated, and that employees especially enjoy public shouts-out from either their direct manager (because they are an authoritative source on the employee’s work) or a C-suite executive (because everyone likes being noticed by the bigwigs).

And while verbal praise is generally your best bet, it isn’t the only form of recognition that employees value. This is where a learning management system (LMS) comes into play. Among the many ways LMS platforms helps engage your workforce, the “crowd-sourcing” of worker recognition is one of the most powerful. By enabling team members, managers, and execs alike to comment on, like, and share the achievements racked up by employees on its centralized company content hub, an LMS can facilitate recognition of the small, everyday successes that fall through the cracks between formal performance reviews.

These small reminders that management sees and appreciates everything an employee does go a long way toward guaranteeing that everyone stays engaged, productive, and satisfied. It’s a process as simple as it is powerful, and by boosting your workforce’s morale and overall company culture, it also strengthens your bottom line, drives efficiency, and attracts customers and employees.

Schedule a Demo Today

See Continu in action and how it can help your organization build a culture of learning.
Get Demo
Schedule a Demo Today
About the Author
Continu Team responsible for Continu's content.
Continu Team
One Platform for All Learning

Continu is the #1 modern learning platform built to help companies scale and consolidate learning. From training customers to employees, Continu is the only platform you need for all learning.

Take the first step toward training that isn’t tedious

Request a demo