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How to create an employee recognition wall

Recognizing successes in the workplace can boost productivity and engagement. We’ve looked at how to create a recognition board using digital signage.

how can you create an employee recognition wall

8 out of 10 employees feel that recognition affects their motivation to succeed in their job. And according to NectarHR, 77.9% of workers would be more productive if they were recognized more frequently.

It’s hard to see statistics like these and not immediately launch a formal employee recognition program. But here’s the thing — it can’t just be a hollow gesture that nobody will take seriously after a few weeks.

No. You need a proper system of employee recognition to reward workers and teams for the hard work they do. Not just because the company wants to increase employee engagement but because they truly deserve the accolades.

Employee recognition walls are your answer, and this article is arguably the only guide you’ll need to get started. Let’s dive into everything from what employee recognition walls are to the best ways to use them.

What is an employee recognition board?

An employee recognition board (also known as an appreciation board) is a dedicated space where employee and team achievements, milestones, and contributions are displayed for all to see. The board serves as a visual platform to show how much the company values the efforts that its teams put into their jobs.

An employee recognition board can be physical like a notice board, digital like a digital wall, or virtual and exist exclusively online. Whatever form it takes, they all serve the same purpose – show employees that they are valued. 

Here are some specific ways we’ve seen companies use recognition walls: 

  • Recognize individual efforts
  • Celebrate team success
  • Promote a culture of appreciation
  • Boost morale and employee engagement
  • Showcase company values
  • Create an appreciation program
  • Highlight milestones and achievements
  • Promote healthy competition

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When do you give employees recognition?

So do you reserve the spot on the employee board for special milestones like new sales records? Or is it like a gold star that anybody can earn for doing their job well?

Honestly, this depends entirely on your company and the culture that you’ve built. However, here are some amazing employee recognition ideas that we’ve found that organizations use.

1. Individual achievements

These are the most common instances of recognition, and we definitely have to lead with it. Employees who have displayed exceptional performance or built competencies in especially challenging areas could be great candidates for the recognition board.

It will reassure them that they’re on the right track while also encouraging other employees to strive for the same level of excellence.

2. Team collaborations and milestones

Showcasing teams that have successfully completed projects on time, within scope, or exceeding expectations is an excellent use of your recognition board. It will spotlight their ability to collaborate, highlight their innovation and creativity, and of course, show other teams what’s possible!

3. Customer recognition

Positive customer testimonials, feedback and employee praises often belong on employee recognition boards because they honor employees who go above and beyond for customers. 

You could also acknowledge teams who were instrumental in helping land a client or keeping them on board during a particularly challenging time.

4. Resilience and stability

Sometimes, employees perform exceptionally well, not in the way they smash goals, but in the way they keep the ship afloat. This is often clear during periods of change and challenges when everyone is anxious about what comes next. 

Team members who are able to rally the troops, keep focus on the goal and help everyone keep a positive attitude could be rewarded with a recognition. The same goes for teams who helped implement significant changes or simply reinforced the culture during a trying time.

5. Coworker nominations

You can encourage your employees to nominate co-workers who they believe should go up on the board. This allows people to nominate hard workers whose contributions might otherwise be unnoticed.

Incorporating peer nominations can also reinforce the idea of mutual appreciation, showing that the employee recognition board isn’t a zero-sum game; everybody can win.

a good employee recognition board can foster collaboration and recognize hard work

Benefits of creating an employee recognition board

Employee engagement

A well-designed employee recognition board system is more than just aesthetics for the office. It can help employees feel valued, respected, and appreciated. And workers who feel seen are more likely to invest their energy into the company’s success. 

Read more about how to engage employees with digital signage.

Better team dynamics

A recognition board can help reinforce the concept of teamwork among your employees, encouraging them to collaborate and achieve common goals. This is especially true when you recognize both individual and team efforts on your board, showing that people have more to gain by working together than by trying to do it alone.

Aligned company values

An employee appreciation board can be a great way to show that your organization values what the mission statement says it values. By recognizing employees who show qualities that are important to the organization, you can walk the talk and encourage them to stick with the goals you’ve set because the company cares enough to offer rewards.

Positive work environment

Companies like Salesforce and Morgan Stanley get tons of applications each year from prospective employees for many reasons, one of which is that they are great places to work (International accounting Bulletin.) Who doesn’t want to be part of a team that recognizes employees for their achievements, facilitates collaborations, and puts your face on a recognition board when you smash goals?

A recognition wall can help build a work culture that inspires current employees, attracts new ones, increases employee retention, and makes your workplace so much more pleasant.

Static vs digital staff recognition boards: Which should you choose?

Putting up an employee recognition wall is always a step in the right direction, whether that’s a bulletin board, a pin-on notice board, or a digital wall. Our suggestion, of course, is that you go with the digital wall, and here’s why.

Easy to edit

You might be familiar with workplaces that launched an employee recognition program, but always forget to update the board. That may be due to several problems with responsibility allocation in the organization, but it may also be due to the sheer amount of work needed to update these things.

Digital signage makes that as easy as logging into your CRM and editing the details as needed; it’s that simple. If you’ve ever uploaded a blog or created an instagram post, you can easily update employee recognition boards. 

That means you can update them in real-time as employees and teams continue to smash their goals. It also means you can reward as many people as you need it.

Tons of storytelling potential

Have you ever tried to tell an engaging story with a bulletin board? We have, and it’s very challenging, especially if you’re used to digital boards. There are no motion graphics, you have to print every picture by hand, and there's only so much you can fit on there.

Now a digital recognition board, on the other hand, gives you a lot of creative freedom. Need to incorporate a list of the employee’s achievements instead of just the most recent one? Go ahead. Want to use graphics to share the spotlighted team’s overall approach? You can!

Besides boosting aesthetic appeal, a digital recognition board can also help provide a more comprehensive and engaging narrative.

Global access

When you use digital signage for your employee recognition, you can share details all over your locations, wherever they might be. That means teams in another state or country can see what the folks are doing at headquarters and step up their game, for example.

But competition isn’t the key goal here; it’s motivation. By showing that everyone, regardless of their geo-location, is contributing towards the company’s goals, you’re going to motivate employees to follow suit. 

More interaction

It’s one thing to tell everyone that their team member has performed exceptionally well in the last quarter. It’s another thing to allow employees to share their thoughts on this high-performing hotshot. They may want to leave comments congratulating them, give their own recognition stickers, or even find out more about how they can make it on the wall next month.

The interactive nature of digital signage allows you to do all of this as easily as creating the option for it. This two-way communication will allow employers to open a channel of dialogue and communally celebrate wins.

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Creating an employee recognition wall step-by-step 

Step 1: Select the right employee recognition board

The first step, we believe, is to decide what kind of wall you’ll set up. The two options are a digital wall or a bulletin board. We’ve already covered why we think a digital wall is the better option. But here are some questions to ask before you decide:

  • How many employees do you have?
  • Do all employees work in the same physical space?
  • What kind of content will be uploaded?
  • How important is employee interaction and engagement?
  • What’s your budget?
  • How important is flexibility and adaptability?
  • Are you looking to integrate other platforms?
  • How will you handle maintenance and updates?

It makes sense that you’d make a decision based on your answers to these questions. If you run a small team, have a limited budget and have a ton of personnel that can constantly update the board’s content, you might be better off with a bulletin board.

But if you go the way of digital signage, you could potentially have not just an employee recognition wall but digital signage for things like information updates and employee training, not to mention that digital walls are much easier to update.

Step 2: Define what kind of content you want

There are many ways to recognize employee contributions, and deciding the kinds of recognition you’ll give is critical. Everything from goal achievements and milestones to recognition for the most consistent team is on the table, but you can’t exactly do them all.

One helpful tip is to think about recognitions that align with your company values and go from there. Because an employee recognition board can help reinforce culture, it’s a good idea to consider the kinds of actions you’d love to see from the team.

Step 3: Make sure the wall draws attention

Whether or not you’re using a digital recognition board, you want it to draw attention. Bold colors, legible fonts and creative layouts can all help make this happen. 

With a bulletin board, you can use pictures, colorful elements, and a hard-to-miss layout to make sure it stands out. Digital walls usually have tons of options, from motion graphics to stand-out fonts.

Step 4: Put your wall someone easy to find

The main power of a recognition wall lies in its visibility. If nobody can see it, does it really honor employee’s achievements? Here is a list of places for your employee recognition wall that can draw attention:

  • Entrance or lobby area
  • Break areas
  • Near meeting rooms or conference areas
  • Close to workstations
  • In training spaces
  • Company cafeteria or dining areas

The idea is for employees to easily stumble upon it during their daily routine. This is even more important if you have an interactive wall with digital signage that thrives on contribution from the team.

Step 5: Time your launch

The last thing you want is to invest in a super interactive digital recognition wall with all the bells and whistles, and nobody notices it. Timing your recognition wall launches is critical if you want to get employees interested and eager to earn a spot.

Here are some ideas on when to launch your wall:

  • During key milestones like anniversaries and major company achievements
  • The onboarding process of new team members
  • Alongside annual events like employee appreciation day
  • During an all-hands employee meeting

If you already have a recognition wall and are looking to upgrade, these ideas can also help you launch the recognition wall 2.0 the right way.

Step 6: Add a complementing reward scheme

It’s critical to add a complementing reward scheme to your employee recognition wall so it's not just empty gestures. Like the pizza party in lieu of raises, employees don’t like it when they feel like the company is deliberately trying to avoid giving compensation.

Your prizes for rewarding employees don’t have to be expensive, but they do have to be meaningful and show the effort put into them. If your business can’t afford additional rewards, then a recognition board will do.

Some ideas for a great reward scheme include:

  • Personalized certificates
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Upskilling and development opportunities
  • Exclusive parking spaces
  • Bonuses
  • Company swag
  • Leadership opportunities
celebrate accomplishments and offer rewards for great work performance

Step 7: Ask for employee input

You could also get workers involved in your employee recognition board scheme. Ask for suggestions on actions that can earn a spot on the board or possible recognition awards that they might like to receive. Rewarding employees is one thing, but letting them choose their own can motivate and increase job satisfaction on another level.

You could keep things open-ended or provide options to pick from. Some ideas are:

  • A service award
  • Posting photos for increased recognition
  • Mentions on the company newsletter
  • A points based recognition program that can be exchanged for bonuses

Step 8: Be sure to refresh content

It is critical to keep the recognition program alive by constantly recognizing new employee accomplishments. This may require delegating the responsibility to specific staff members (if you have a bulletin board) or taking step 7 previous point one step further and having people vote on who gets recognized each week.

As long as you keep rewarding hard workers, workplace engagement will stay at an all-time high because anybody could earn the recognition next.

Step 9: Incorporate other platforms

Adding social media platforms to your recognition system can go a long way in making employees feel valued. You’re not just keeping their achievements within internal company communications; you’re showing online followers how much the company appreciates its employees.

When you publicly recognize employees, you could not only increase job satisfaction but also signal to the public that you're a company that values its employees.

How do you write a good employee recognition?

Creating great employee recognition isn't that complicated. You only need to highlight the specifics – the actions that deserve appreciation, the individual or team being recognized, and what their contribution means to the company.

You may also want to use language that resonates with the company culture and fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment. If you have a complimentary reward scheme, you could also throw that in there so everyone knows the rewards that await high-performing employees.

How can you recognize your team virtually?

Sometimes, a digital board just isn’t possible because your organization has a lot of remote workers, and you can’t exactly set up physical boards in all these locations. In that case, what you need is a virtual employee recognition board. It’s slightly different from a physical board, but it works just as well. 

During setup, you’ll want a virtual employee recognition board that’s accessible through the company’s intranet or in a dedicated employee area on the website. You can still use all of the ideas in this guide, like making sure the recognition aligns with company values and clearly defining what kinds of actions will be rewarded.

Set up a kickass digital recognition board with ScreenCloud

If you're looking to make the most out of your employee recognition boards, you need to go digital with ScreenCloud's digital signage management system. Why?

Well, with ScreenCloud, your digital boards can do more than just help boost your employee recognition and engagement; they can be used to communicate between employees and management, visualize ideas during brainstorming sessions, share info rapidly with the team, and even engage walk-in retail customers.

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how ScreenCloud can help your business. Book a demo today to see the full range of options.

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