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5 Big Employee Recognition Myths


By Jonathan McClellan | June 11, 2018 | Blog Posts | Engage Employees

The employee recognition landscape is littered with misconceptions. Hallmark Business Connections is working hard to debunk these employee recognition myths and see to it that engagement is easy, real-time and of course, genuine.

Let’s take a look at the 5 biggest employee recognition myths that we face today and the various ways that Hallmark Business Connections is working to debunk them.

MYTH #1: People are too busy to recognize employees.  

Recognizing employees does not have to be a time-consuming process. In fact, just one minute of your time could be all you need to make sure your employees feel valued—and it’s all thanks to technology. With the right technology, good intentions can turn into action quickly.

For employee recognition that doesn’t take up too much of your time, be sure to find a solution that fulfills the following:

  • One-to-one and one-to-many sending options.
  • Bulk award fulfillment to save time, yet still deliver a meaningful moment.
  • Direct integration with your HRIS to quickly search and connect with coworkers.

MYTH #2: The reward is the most important part of employee recognition.

Contrary to popular belief, employees care more about the act of the recognition than the actual reward itself. A simple gesture of sending a “good job” card or a gift card helps make meaningful connections and creates memorable experiences for employees. To ensure that your employee recognition program is as rewarding as possible, make sure that you:

  • Provide technology and tools that promote timely recognition that delivers meaning feedback to your employees.
  • Give guidance on what to write in employee recognition cards and awards, as well as when it is appropriate to boost recognition with a reward.
  • Lean on a well-known brand such as Hallmark. After all, we understand relationship-building better than anyone.

MYTH #3: Employee recognition in real time isn’t scalable.  

In the age where instant gratification is expected, real-time recognition is critical. And today, it’s scalable. When vetting your employee recognition program options, ensure that your choice:

  • Makes employees feel valued and motivated on the spot.
  • Offers the flexibility of recognizing them in the moment with a tangible award in-person or a virtual award from a distance.
  • Gives you the ability to access your program anytime, anywhere and on any device with responsive features.

MYTH #4: You can’t measure employee recognition.  

It’s important that you prove the ROI of your employee recognition program—and you can’t do so without measurement. Employee recognition can be tracked, analyzed and optimized with dashboards built just for your business. Be on the lookout for a sophisticated measurement tool that can:

  • Monitor how much recognition is occurring, when it is happening and who is making it happen.
  • Pull and share key recognition metrics that inform stakeholders of the impact recognition is having on your organization.
  • Give you access to a convenient dashboard tool for in-the-moment status updates.

MYTH #5: It’s hard to make employee recognition relevant.  

Employee recognition is meaningful with Hallmark. We give you the unique opportunity to elevate your employee recognition message by adding a gift card incentive that is remarkably relevant. Consider our gift card incentive program to:

  • Add a reward for greater appreciation and satisfaction.
  • Let employees build the experiences they want from the range of gifts they choose.
  • Offer your employees greater award value and more reward choices.

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Learn how Hallmark Business Connections is debunking these employee recognition myths and making employee recognition easier than ever before. Contact us to find out how we can help your business.

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