So you've completed setup and want to make sure that your team's first impressions are spectacular?
Excellent, we've got you covered!
A strategic HiThrive launch will go a long way towards gaining momentum with your new employee recognition program. Clearly explaining your vision for recognition and its connection to your culture will inspire high participation across your whole team. Your launch should share your goals for HiThrive, help everyone learn how to use it, and get them engaged in getting started.
So, where do you start? Reference the list below to make a great program introduction.
Use this as an opportunity to reinforce how each team member contributes to the success of your organization, that recognition whether for micro-moments or major milestones reminds us that our efforts are seen and that we're working towards something bigger than ourselves. Explain how HiThrive makes it easy to celebrate and bring awareness to those moments and that in doing so, we can not only earn rewards, but we can collectively grow as colleagues, as an organization, and as people. Create your own announcement and materials, or start with our templates below.
Why you're introducing a new recognition tool is important, but making sure that team members know how and when to use it will dictate your program's early success. Ensure that team members understand the difference between a shoutout and an award (and how to send them). Explain to managers that they can give awards, which are available, what they stand for, and examples of when it might be appropriate. If they have a monthly points budget, make sure that they're aware of that too.
3. Enable automated awards (birthday & service awards):
Automated awards create immediate activity that reinforces special days, long-term contributions, and organizational culture. It drives immediate engagement from team members and gets everybody familiar with the platform and your initiative.
4. Configure a nomination-based award:
Nomination-based rewards are an automated process that directly engages everybody on your team in the award process.
Whether it's team member with the best attitude, most dependable, best sense of humor, hardest worker, or perhaps living your values, nominations make it easy for team members to select a colleague that measures-up and to grant an award to the winner.
The announcement that the program has started is automated and nominations easy (your team members click a button in the feed) which is a great way to get everybody engaged.
Click here for a tutorial on nominations.
For help setting up a nomination-based award visit How to create a nomination-based award program.
5. Create an early adopter competition:
Competitions allow you to create automated awards based on specific activity. Whether the quantifiable metric is number of shoutouts received or points earned, create a competition that rewards early activity. HiThrive automatically sends out announcements when the competition begins and explains what the criteria is (participants, metric, award) and you can post a leaderboard (/leaderboard) whenever you'd like to provide a status update.
For help setting up competitions visit How to create a competition.
6. Set the tone:
Send a shoutout, send an award. It's more important than simply setting the example, it also shows your team members how the process works and reinforces the actions and contributions that are indicative of each. In fact, a great place to start is by sending a channel shoutout to your entire team.
For help setting up awards visit How do I create an award?
It is incredible how much impact an emoji can have. Periodically check the feed and comment or react to the activity. Your team members will take note of your participation.
8. Make it meaningful:
Use HiThrive's reporting tools to give your team's recognition meaning beyond your slack channel. Highlight specific shoutouts and awards in daily standups, quarterly town hall meetings, and annual performance reviews. Ask us about our HRIS integrations to append recognition to a team member's permanent record to make sure that their best moments live with them.