Recognition Can Move Mountains
You know the feeling you get when someone gives you a high-five for doing a great job? Or, how about the feeling you get when someone in your circle succeeds in something they’ve been working hard at? It’s a good feeling, right? It’s a feeling that makes you want to continue doing a great job and continue supporting others who are working toward a personal goal.
Although these feelings are often experienced in our personal life, why not bring this to the workplace? Having an encouraging work culture can move mountains when it comes to maximizing engagement in your health and wellness initiatives and here’s why: Growing evidence suggests social networking may have an even stronger impact on engagement than corporate incentives. Framingham Heart Study, a 30-year research project based on residents in Framingham, MA found that behavior – unhealthy OR healthy – was contagious. Simple as that. They found that when someone gained weight in Framingham, their friends, family and colleagues were much more likely to gain weight. Similarly, if someone stopped smoking, that person’s relatives and friends were significantly more likely to stop smoking.
So, how do we create an encouraging culture? “Show” rather than just “tell.” Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Solicit success stories within your organization and share them every which way you can (email, newsletters, social media, etc). Success inspires success.
- Implement a recognition raffle. Employees get entered into a raffle each time they receive peer recognition.
- Institute a ‘high-five’ system. Allow employees to send electronic high-fives to one another for a job well done or for encouragement and display the high-fives to foster ongoing success.
A culture of appreciation leads people to work together to achieve more, and when recognition goes viral (through social media and the community), participation soars. Learn more about maximizing wellness program engagement by listening to this webinar replay.
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