SHRM Releases Its Employee-Recognition Survey

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has released its biannual survey on employee recognition programs. The spring 2013 survey, issued in collaboration with Globoforce, confirms that positive feedback and praise have a strong impact on employee’s performance. That’s good, since nearly half of survey respondents consider employee engagement as their number one challenge, well beyond culture management and employee turnover.

More than 90 percent of survey respondents found that positive reinforcement made a big impact on improving performance, most notably when that feedback comes from the employee’s direct supervisor when coupled with feedback from peers and managers. As a result, many of the organizations participating in the survey are exploring new ways to engage employees through such programs as recognition rewards, direct feedback from employees and supervisors, and opportunities to advance to improve employee engagement and employee recognition in the workplace.

However, when asked about the practices currently in place, 74 percent of survey respondents stated that their employees are not satisfied with the current level of recognition they are receiving, meaning there is still much room for improvement in proactively engaging employees.

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