Well done! Enhancing your workplace with a (social) recognition program

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May 2022

Enhancing your workplace with a (social) recognition program

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As we climb out of the pandemic and reconnect with others, we have an amazing opportunity to practice appreciation and recognition. Being appreciated is a basic human need and is tied to both wellbeing and job satisfaction. Recent studies show that if employees feel recognized they are more likely to keep their jobs, less likely to burn out, and more likely to be productive.

“The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.” – William James

Does your workplace have a recognition program? Does it get used? Have you considered adding a social recognition component? Read on to learn more about the importance of social recognition and appreciation.  

Appreciation and social recognition vs. traditional employee recognition

Yes, there is a difference. Traditional employee recognition programs are typically set up to award employees for years of service, extra effort, leadership, or innovation. They are typically “top-down” from management to employee. Social recognition is broader, includes peer-to-peer appreciation and recognition and can be given in any direction. Both forms of recognition are important for engaging employees and building a great workplace culture.

Check out these tips for setting up or enhancing an employee recognition program

  • Get leadership support. Share the article Why Employee Recognition is Important with managers.
  • Check in with employees — ask what types of awards or recognition are meaningful. See 21 Employee Recognition Ideas to Keep Your Employees Motivated.
  • Help folks understand that the heart of the program is connecting them not only to your organization’s purpose and success but to each other. Help them understand the purpose of peer-to-peer recognition and appreciation. The goal is to make everyone feel like they belong, contribute, and are seen, valued, and connected.

Employee E-tips for distributing to employees


Click here to read this month's E-tips for your employees: "Well done!" To share these E-tips with employees, you can:
• Email the E-tips document to your staff as an attachment. 1) Click the link to download and save the E-tips to your computer. 2) Add your organization's logo in the bottom left corner. 3) Then send it as an email attachment to staff.
• Print the document once you've added your organization's logo and post it in a common area in your workplace.
• Copy and paste the text into your organization's newsletter.

Need help addressing belonging and burnout?

Join Health@Work for Bring Soul to the Role: Address belonging & burnout at work on Thursday, April 28 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. This online event is a chance to learn from Molly Raymond, MSW; connect, and be inspired to take action! This engaging discussion (with a touch of artistic whimsy) will explore how cultivating inner wisdom and collective processing can make us whole, healthy, and powerful. Cost is $25 and you are welcome to bring one workplace buddy (from the same organization) for free! Click here to register by Tuesday, April 26.

Ready to Step to it this May?

It's not too late to sign up to launch the Step to it Challenge four-week campaign this May. 🚶🏼 🏃🏼 💃🏼 The Step to Challenge is easy to coordinate, uses a Website to log steps/time, and encourages family and community participation. There is no cost to participate in the Challenge, and this year the Step to it materials are also FREE! Click here to request the free materials. Let's #StepToIt

Power up with plants! coming in June

Let’s Power up with plants! Health@Work’s latest campaign promotes eating in a way that is good for us and good for our planet. Register here to get all the materials plus ideas for launching this campaign at your workplace. The training and discussion will be held online June 28 from 9-10:30 a.m.

Wake up with wellness

APRIL 22 (past) | MAY 13 | JUNE 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CST

HealthSource Solutions' Wake Up with Wellness is a 3-part speaker series to recharge, connect, and grow health promotion advocates and leaders. Each session includes discussion and networking. $25 donation includes all 3 Zoom sessions and goes to Good in the 'Hood. Sessions will be recorded and posted to watch on-demand. Learn more & register here.

Missed last month's E-tips?

Click here to read last month's E-tips to learn about wellness in a hybrid work world. 


About us:
This newsletter is for worksite wellness coordinators who work in organizations located in the county. The purpose is to help you (the wellness coordinator) promote better health in your workplace.

Monthly E-tips are written by the Health@Work team. Health@Work offers a broad range of low and no-cost workplace wellness programs and services to employers located in the county.

Please note that any reference to products or services in this newsletter is for educational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement on the part of Health@Work. 

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