How do I create buy-in for a formal recognition strategy?

In HR Technology, Recognition and Engagement by Lori McKnight

“How do I create buy-in for a formal recognition strategy?”

In last week’s blog I tried to answer the first of three question we’ve been asked lately; how to avoid a mutiny when you’re forced to remove popular perks from your recognition and rewards program?

This week’s blog post provides some pointers to help with the second most common question we’re hearing lately…

“How can I convince leadership to invest in a formal recognition program?”

Despite the fact 92% of corporate leaders say culture drives business value, too many executives seem to be chasing engagement vs putting the necessary building blocks in place.

Sound familiar? Here are some persuasive things clients have done to open the discussion and create buy-in for a new recognition strategy.

  1. Find a champion. Who on your leadership team “gets” the importance of investing in people? Find someone you can work with to influence other senior executives.
  2. Research successful companies. Ask your personal and professional network about their company’s recognition programs. Find a couple companies in your area and find out how they are successfully motivating and engaging their employees.
  3. Have Lunch. Facilitate a casual meeting with a senior leader at this company and your CEO. Real-life employee stories AND business results are needed to show the measurable and immeasurable benefits of viewing employees as both performers AND people.
  4. Be Prepared. Arm yourself with a well-thought out recognition strategy and proposal that addresses:

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Author: Lori McKnight

Lori McKnight
Lori has a MBA in HR and is a Certified Recognition Professional. Prior to joining CSI STARS she worked at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Youthography, a youth market research agency. Connect with CSI STARS on LinkedIN to learn how we help organizations cultivate a workforce that loves coming to work.