It’s no secret that most employees want their work to matter. They want to make a difference and they want to know their work has purpose and meaning.
However, ensuring employees feel empowered and engaged at work isn’t always an easy task for employers.
To help with this, we’ve gathered the strategies needed to improve productivity, inspire innovation and ensure employees feel valued.
Implementing a goal framework like OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) can not only help employees align with a company’s mission, but it can help motivate performance and provide clarity and transparency to company-wide goals.
Once clear goals are established, it’s essential that organizations reward and recognize employees for their success and their achievements. Pausing to take time to recognize employee efforts—even if it’s a learning, failure, win or milestone—can go a long way.
“Every Tuesday morning at Ally.io, we hold a company meeting for 30-minutes called the “Upload”. This call is to check in on our company goals, our progress to date, and our priorities for the upcoming week. We don’t have slides or presentation materials and try to make the meeting easy and quick. When we share our successes regularly like this, it makes it easy to recognize employees each week” – Rebecca Clements, SVP People and Culture at Ally.io
At Ally.io we conducted a survey centered on goal management and company culture and how both can affect employee engagement and productivity. After surveying over 4,500 working adults in the USA and UK we found:
When employees aren’t aligned to their company mission, their work and productivity suffers.
Based on the survey, 88% of employees who say they believe in the company mission also feel inspired by the work they do. Only 42% of employees who don’t know what the mission is, or don’t believe in it can say the same.
It’s important to have clear goals, clarity on what you’re doing, and a mission that supports that.
Many of us know that company culture can set you apart as a workplace. It can impact innovation, customer loyalty, the ability to retain employees, and the bottom line.
Based on our survey, company culture was rated higher when a company had a standardized goal framework in place. We learned that a goal framework can help create stronger alignment, productivity, and trust as companies check-in more regularly on progress.
We gathered feedback from individuals, managers, and executives and asked them about the benefits of having goals at their companies. All groups said having clear goals contributed to having high performing teams.
From the survey, we also learned that OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) outperform other types of goal management frameworks, but they are underutilized. Of the workers that use OKRs, the majority rated their company culture higher and said OKRs inspired them to take risks.
OC Tanner research found that 79% of employees who quit their jobs claim that a lack of appreciation was a major reason for leaving. That’s quite a large amount!
The good news is that companies that have a ‘culture of recognition” have employees that are 5x more likely to feel valued, 7x more likely to stay with their company and 11x more likely to feel completely committed to their jobs, according to Bucketlist Rewards.
To get started with employee recognition companies will want to start by surveying employees and asking them:
Planning – Build an employee recognition strategy or add in an annual review if you already have a program in place.
Communication – Use your existing channels and favorite tools (intranets, email, chat function, meetings, mobile) to share employee recognition.
Functionality – Use peer and manager recognition as much as you can as these are the most valuable.
Measurement – Prove your initiative worked by measuring engagement, participation, rewards distributed and redeemed.
For more great insight and in depth discussion on all of the above, check out the webinar here.
Ally.io and Bucketlist Rewards are complementary platforms both formed on the mission of bringing goal management recognition to every workplace.
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