Tools and software that monitor employees might sound new and impending, but the practice itself is quite old. From the first time-sheet, to punching machine, to MS spreadsheets, tracking the movement and presence of employees has always been the center of every organisational structure. The only difference now is that we can do much more than tracking the time employees are spending at work. We can now monitor their productivity, applications they use, when they work best, internet usage and much more.
But when it comes to tracking employee recognition pattern things are still a little uncertain. All HR heads and team leads agree to the fact that a good employee recognition system goes a long way in motivating employees and sustaining a positive office culture. So isn’t it natural to find out if your attempts are actually working out?
Common Myths About Tracking Employee Recognition Patterns
- It’s like spying
- Breaches the employee’s right to privacy
What tracking Recognition Pattern is really about?
Imagine yourself as a school teacher. Now your principal has been given the task to find out the “isolated children” or a possible “victims” of school bullying. There is no direct method to this. However, there is one indirect one.
Every Friday for one month, do a polling system with students. You can ask them questions like-
- Which student you like the most and why?
- Whom do you want to sit with in the coming weeks?
- Who is your best friend in the class?
By doing such polls you can find answers to critical questions like -
- Which kid is most popular and why?
- Who is not picked by anyone?
- Is there any child who feels isolated?
Once you analyse and make sense of the patterns, you will be able to understand and manage your class better, and further help you principal in instilling a school culture that is open and inclusive. Now, tell me if this kind of poll is unethical, violating the student’s right to privacy or putting a surveillance on student’s thought and pattern?
Here is why Employee Recognition Pattern makes sense
The above mentioned situation very similar to workplace. Xoxoday’s rewards & recognition and analytics program can help you reveal similar patterns – both positive and potentially negative. Once those patterns is identified, the organisation will be able to do deeper investigation and plan corrective actions.
Here are a few examples of questions that Xoxoday’s recognition pattern and analysis tool will help you find answers to -
- Who is getting recognized often?
- Who is not recognized at all?
- Is there a potential underlying performance issue resulting in little to no recognition? (Is there a need of training session?)
- Are there employees who are not getting recognized but their own team?
- Are there any managers or employees who are not rewarding and recognizing their peers/team at all?
In conclusion, all this article wants to say is that appreciation and recognition are very human need. Everyone likes it and everyone wants it. Xoxoday can help you notice, value and appreciate employees in a fair, fun and just way. Understanding patterns (positive or negative) and overcoming will lead to a free-flow of positivity and productive energy in the workforce. Isn’t that what we all are striving for?
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