Employee Appreciation Day

Happy employee appreciation day! Employee appreciation day first showed up in 1995 on calendars. According to SHRM’s “WeKnowNext” blog, Dr. Bob Nelson started the holiday on the first Friday in March, with the first edition of his book “1001 Ways To Reward Employees”. WeKnowNext says:

Dr. Nelson didn’t just want March 1st to be the only day of celebration, he says ” employees should be valued all year round, especially when they have performed well, but the first step is raising awareness about the importance of recognition on the part of every manager Employee Appreciation Day has helped serve that purpose”.

One of the best ways to drive awareness and motivate action is through a great visual based on data. Travis Pearl, co-founder of MeritShare thought it would be fun to provide a data visualization of employee appreciation day, so he created a real-time heat map that shows thanks and recognition given on MeritShare’s network. You can see the real-time heat map for the US here.

MeritShare’s appreciation heat map is a data visualization demonstrating the future of employee recognition: data-driven, real-time, and shared. Peer-recognition has already democratized recognition; we are now taking this one step further by using the metrics from this activity to measure engagement and performance. Just like democracy is powered by votes, engagement should be measured by action. MeritShare has a recognition index that companies can track their performance over time and against averages by industry and peer groups. I believe the future of recognition will become more data-driven with metrics that can lead to decisions and action. Online recognition also allows for instant recognition, the more timely the better. Web-based systems also make sharing of information easier, this along with the increasing transparency giving company recognition the opportunity to leave the corporate firewall and swim in the social media streams and world wide web.. Not all companies will let their recognition hang out, but some will. In fact, many of the companies that use MeritShare want the world to see their peer-based recognition shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-in to help them with their recruiting efforts.

With this heat map created by my co-founder of MeritShare in honor of Dr. Nelson and employee appreciation day, I see the future of employee recognition: democratized, data-driven, real-time, and shared.

Let’s turn up the heat on recognition, you can get started on MeritShare instantly and at no charge.