According to a 2014 Harvard Business Review study, the most impactful driver of
employee engagement is recognition.We surveyed HR professionals in the UK to find out the state of employee recognition in their organisations.
The State of Employee Recognition in the UK: A 2015 Research Study
The State of Employee
Recognition in the UK
- A 2015 RESEARCH STUDY -
We surveyed HR professionals in the UK on the state of
employee recognition in their organisations.
in the UK
Working in HR departments
of their organisations
of all sizes
Because according to a 2014 Harvard Business
Review study, the most impactful driver of
employee engagement is recognition.
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And we were eager to find out what’s
happening today within UK organisations and
share it with the business and HR community.
HERE’S WHAT THEY TOLD US...
Q: Does your organisation have a formal
employee recognition programme?
Yes, every employee
NoYes, only managers & leaders
can recognise employees
It’s alarming that 26% of companies don’t have a
formal programme in place, and another 12%
don’t enable employees to participate.
In order to create a culture of recognition,
the programme must be inclusive and allow
social recognition across all employees.
On a positive note, nearly three quarters
of companies have some focus on recognition.
However, we also asked...
Q: What type of recognition programme does
the organisation currently have?
The most prominent type of recognition programme is
for service anniversary or tenure at a company.
With today's modern workforce and velocity of
business, recognition in the moment - not only
on an annual basis - is imperative.
Employees work in
days and hours…
months or years.
Q: On average, how often are employees
recognised in your organisation?
66% of employees are either NEVER recognised, or if
they are it is rarely, annually or quarterly.
Only 15% of employees are recognised weekly or daily.
Annually Quarterly Monthly Weekly Rarely NeverDaily
DID YOU KNOW?
According to Gallup’s Q12 engagement questions,
recognising employees weekly has a positive
impact on employee engagement.
On the bright side, over 50% of companies are using
recognition for other important elements such as
for key behaviours, values and performance.
The foundation for a successful recognition
programme is defining the values and behaviours
your company wants to see more of and the
performance strategies that must be brought
to life by your employees.
Q: Does your employee recognition programme
include rewards that have monetary value?
46% of recognition programmes always or often
include a monetary reward, while 25% of programmes
never or rarely have monetary value attached to
recognition in the form of rewards.
Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always
The concept of ‘Social Employee Recognition' is now
a recognised HR tech category according to Gartner.
It's where recognition strategies are going.
Social recognition engages EVERY employee.
Daily authentic recognition amplifies the key
behaviours that drive results for the organisation.
What gets recognised, gets repeated.
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“Building the business case for social recognition
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We also asked about benefits and challenges
of employee recognition programmes...
Q: What benefits would you expect for your
organisation from a successful employee
IMPROVES EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
COMMUNICATES EMPLOYEES ARE VALUED
REINFORCES APPROPRIATE EMPLOYEE BEHAVIOURS
ALIGNMENT TO COMPANY VALUES
IMPROVES EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE
REINFORCES COMPANY CULTURE
ALIGNMENT TO COMPANY GOALS AND STRATEGY
IMPROVES SENSE OF COMMUNITY
There are multitudes of benefits
companies expect to see.
Organisations understand that recognition can impact
employee engagement, reinforce values and behaviours,
and improve performance.
Q: What are the biggest challenges, if any,
with your current recognition programme?
(check all that apply)
MEASURING THE IMPACT OF RECOGNITION
CLARIFY CONNECTION BETWEEN WORK AND ORGANISATIONAL GOALS
MANAGING THE CURRENT PROGRAMME(S)
GETTING EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE
CONSISTENT EXPERIENCE WITH EMPLOYEES IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
COMMUNICATING VALUE OF RECOGNITION TO SENIOR LEADERS
BIGGEST CHALLENGE #1
Measuring the impact
Having the right technology is important.
Measuring the impact comes from a robust reporting
that can give you insight into your workforce, and the impact
on business performance.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE #2
A platform that employees love to use that requires no
training will improve adoption immediately.
See the success of Achievers customers in getting
90%+ employee adoption.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE #3
Consistent Employee Experience Globally
A unified recognition programme needs a company-wide
platform ensuring every employee can participate.
Benefits also include a single source for communicating,
administering and tracking everything.
Q: On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being very important)
1. How important is employee
employee engagement and align
2. How effective is your current
employee recognition strategy to
help positively impact employee
engagement and align employees
weighted average weighted average
It is clear that recognition is important, but
organisations have yet to benefit from new
approaches and technology to make it effective.
It’s time to change a robust
employee recognition strategy from
a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’.
Q: Does your 2015 organisational strategy
include improvement in employee recognition?
Yes Not sure No
53% 25% 22%
Over half of companies have it on their radar because
they see the employee benefits and business ROI that
comes from focusing on employee recognition.
Organisations are looking at improving their
recognition strategy because they want results.
These are some of the results companies have seen after
implementing the Achievers Employee Success Platform:
increase in highly
increase in customer
spots in top
22% 31% 112%
increase in top
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develop a sound recognition strategy?
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The Achievers Employee Success Platform™ is a behaviour-driving engine that
aligns employees to business objectives and company values. Fuelled by
recognising and rewarding shared victories every day – 5,000,000 recognitions
shared last year alone – it’s designed to make success a way of life.