Signs that it's time to automate your rewards and recognition program

Recognition & Rewards
September 15, 2020

An effective employee rewards and recognition program is one of the most powerful tools any organization can wield when it comes to employee experience. Ensuring employees feel valued and appreciated is an essential human need in any workplace. Since employee recognition has been linked to increased productivity, performance, and morale, you will be hard-pressed to find a company that does not recognize a job well done. 

But how do you know when your team is outgrowing an existing reward and recognition process? Whether that is to account for various project teams, remote employees, or diverse rewards. It is important that whatever your process looks like, it can accurately reflect and deliver based upon your company's and employee's unique needs. 

Related Article: How to foster a culture of transparency with a rewards and recognition program

An automated approach to employee rewards and recognition will drive performance while freeing up more of your valuable time. If you find yourself identifying with any of the following scenarios, it may be time to take your rewards and recognition process online. 

You’re suffering from administration overload 

Automated rewards and recognition programs should be an engaging and seamless experience that doesn’t weigh anyone down with administrative tasks. Traditional recognition processes usually result in one manager or supervisor carrying the administrative burden that eats up far too much of their time. Many of these tasks - like campaign tracking or reward distribution - can be left to an automated process. Spend your time celebrating employee success instead.

 "...used to spend 75% of my time managing incentive payouts, now reduced to 20%" - Misha Moore,
Qarrot user at Dell Technologies

You’re interested in a collective approach 

Unlike traditional approaches to employee recognition, the best recognition programs involve every employee at every level. Rather than solely dedicating recognition to managers or supervisors, adopt a tool that will enable collective recognition. Introducing a process that is accessible to every employee throughout your organization boosts company culture - improving both employee morale and loyalty. Peer-to-peer recognition programs give all employees a voice - enabling them to praise colleagues instantly, and not in an exclusively monetary way. 

Related Article: Benefits of Positive Reinforcement in the Workplace 

You want insights 

Regardless of which automation tool you choose, it should be equipped with the ability to issue reports or statistics reflecting how employees are using the platform. How often are people being recognized? Are there particular achievements or goals that receive more recognition than others? How many, or how often, are rewards being redeemed? This knowledge will help paint a picture of how your team members respond best to recognition. After all, the point of a rewards and recognition system is to keep employees engaged and motivated - so you want to make sure your employees are responsive.  

You want rewards made easy

The journey from recognizing employees and accumulating points to finally redeeming rewards should not only be easy, but instant. If a recognition isn’t timely, a disconnection may grow between the employee’s accomplishment and the associated reward - which can be confusing and frustrating. The best rewards and recognition tools will have an online catalog to host a variety of rewards that employees can choose from and receive instantly. This will ensure that employees get the rewards they want promptly and takes the task of reward distribution off your plate.

Drive better employee engagement and productivity with Qarrot - book a demo today! 

Jamie Doyle