How to Build a Culture of Rewards, Recognition and Engagement

The following article has been authored by Ms Nasreen Khan, Senior HR Manager Xoxoday.


Culture is a way of life which bind people together under one identity.  Work place culture is the environment created by any companies to offer the best work life and experience for employees to ensure utmost loyalty towards their organisation.  The work culture would not be the same for every companies as it is determined by the values, expectation,  missions etc of organisations. 

The term work culture has undergone a lot of modification  since millenials became a decisive influencers at work place.  

Companies have started taking an extra effort tocreatebest experience for employees along with customers . Organisations have  made  transparent communication, treatingeveryone with respect, recognising  hard work, conductingfun and wacky events, empowering  teamas core values and hence programs that show appreciation for each others contributions, both large and smallhave becoem a key affair in every organisation.

Creating a day-to-day experience that offers employees meaning, impact, connection and appreciation in their everyday work haslead to a culture of employee engagement. And if culture would always be followed by performance .

Here are 10  ways to foster employee pride through a positive employee experience.

1. Communicate Core Values

Establishing a defined, well-communicated vision grounded in core values — and recognizing behavior that supports that vision — gives employees a sense of meaning and purpose in their jobs. Having leadership communicate core values regularly and clearly builds meaning into the employee experience. Recently,we hosted a Leadership Summit,which was a1-day session that provided several people managers with key perspectives and resources to deepen their leadership capabilities, empower their teams, and reinforce Workday values and culture.

2. Employee recognition

You can’t overestimate the power of appreciation. Glassdoor found that 80% of employees say they will stay at a job longer if they get appreciation from their boss. A Gallup Studyshows that employees who get some form of recognition at least once a week are more likely to stay in a job longer. See our guide on Reward and Recognition Systems that Workto get science-based tips for showing appreciation.Following we follow:

1. Make It Personal . Through Reward and recognition platform - Use positive words, and engage the employee to show that you really understand what he or she has done and how difficult the work was. 

2. Provide Opportunities For Each Worker To Contribute: Try to providecross functional training where trainer get point in the RnR platform.(Incentivize) 

3. Magnify Recognition through Multiple Communication Channels- Town Hall  meetingscan be a venue to award all rock star performers 

4. Offer Beyond-The-Call-Of-Duty Perks

These might include the following ideas:

     More flexible hours

     Paid time off

     Celebration events for teams such as a party, company picnic or dinner

     Paid training program for earning a certification, developing new skills or pursuing other educational programs

     Opportunity to work on a special team

      Motivate With Financial Incentives-Loan facilities

     Enlist Manager To Recognise Performance

     Facilitate  SElf Nomination & Peer To Peer Recognition

      Design An Impressive Office Trophy With Gamification Strategy

     Use Technology And Social Media To Publicise Accomplishments- Enterprise platform

     LSA : Recognize employee for service

Consistent, Timely Communication

Employees  have high confidence onhaving open conversations with senior manager and Tools like Connect over Coffee (skip level meetings)with Co Founders, open houses (Townhall Meeting)and HR connects  provide employees with a platform  to speak up. Every companiesbelieve in developing our people and have embarked on the journey of talent segmentation to identify high potentials, recognize them and provide them with a development plan to grow their career with the organization. We believe that to build a culture, we have to constantly reinforce, reiterate and collaboratively bring to life our values.

3. Real-Time Coaching from a Manager

According to Gallup, managers account for 70% of the variation in employee engagement. Real-time coaching from a manager is one of the most effective approaches for fostering employee engagement. Companies should provideInternal training to bridge skill gap.  No one wants to feel stagnant in their job. As companies grow, technology changes, and cultures evolve, most job requirements also change. Offers every employee an opportunity to grow, discover, and expand their personal and professional horizons. Employees should  alsobeencouraged to spend 10 percent of their time – called unstructured time to chase dreams. This can include spending time working on a new product, participating in innovation forums designed to share ideas across the company.Also policieswhich extend moral as well as Fianancial support for employee topursues certificationcoursesthat willenhance his skill set would be of a great help for employees.

5. Team Environment

When you’re spending 40+ hours a week at work, having a meaningful relationship with your coworkers makes a big difference in your employee experience. Having a supportive team environment builds each individual’s motivation. Organization should celebrate all festivities which will bring every one under one cultural identity also add some human touch to it by running CSR (Corporate socialresponsibility )Programmes . 

6. Culture of Trust

“Business is conducted through relationships and trust is the foundation of those relationships.”-


Organization should strongly believe in a culture of openness, transparency, camaraderie, trust and mutual respect and these qualities then naturally trickle down intocompanypolicies and processes. The companies should ensure that every employee should have a similar experience and similar value proposition in working with Lifestyle. The programs that would be instituted at every step of an employee’s journey, right from the time they join the organization, should be intended to delight the employee, engage them and ensure that they can perform at their best

10. Competitive Pay and Benefits

Even though pay and benefits are not the key indicators of employee engagement, worrying about pay can distract employees. When you’re looking at how to engage employees, start out by offering competitive compensation, benefits, and reasonable working conditions.With a strong focus on employee’s health and overall well-being, companies conduct lifestyle assessment checks, dental/medical/eye check ups, life-skill workshops, stress management through yoga, meditation, pranic healing, check-up camps, physiotherapy .Medical insurance  for families of employeesare facilitated at no cost to the employee.Parents at Organization can enjoy various benefits such as maternity & paternity leave, 

12)Initiatives for women 

“Besides a well defined ‘Anti sexual harassment’ policy which ensures safety and equal rights for women, other initiatives like self defense workshops,  companies should organise  self defence workshop for them.Women should  have an added benefit of extended maternity leave, part time/flexible working hours, work from home options and option to take a short-term break in careers

Employee engagement is about all about valuing your employees. Engaged employee is productive, active and disciplined. It is about time to invest in engagement as an integral part of the workplace.


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