'Thank you!' The importance of recognition in HR

The Canadian HR Awards are back with a bang

'Thank you!' The importance of recognition in HR

As we move further into 2022, we seem to be waving goodbye to the ongoing pandemic. It’s been one tough year – one full of disruption and upheaval on an unprecedented scale. Through it all, HR leaders have been at the forefront of organizational strategy – steering the C-suite through uncertain times. Now, it’s time to celebrate the teams that supported us through the dark days.

HRD is proud to announce the return of the Canadian HR Awards, a chance to celebrate the best and brightest our sector has to offer. Showcasing individuals, teams and organizations that went above and beyond, it’s a great opportunity to show some appreciation for your internal teams. And, considering the year we’ve had, it’s well overdue – with one executive reminding us of the importance of recognition in HR.

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“When the majority of the world transitioned to a remote environment, leaders were faced with the challenge of creating human connection in a suddenly disconnected world,” Chris French, executive vice president of customer strategy at Workhuman, an event partner, told HRD. “Luckily, businesses who already had a way to recognize employees no matter there they were benefited from the constant stream of feedback, appreciation, and connection that continued to flow among their workforces.

“And the benefits are lingering – according to Workhuman research, when somebody receives more than five formal 'thank you’ moments in a year, their propensity to leave is cut in half, from about 15% to 7%. Recognition at work is about human connection but impacts so much more than just that – turnover, productivity, and overall employee well-being to name a few. As we enter into the “Great Resignation” and many businesses begin the shift back to offices, retaining a solid, happy, and motivated workforce through the use of tools like social recognition should be top of mind for all leaders.”

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Hosted on September 15, 2022, at the Liberty Grand, Toronto, this year’s awards will be the first in-person awards since the pandemic. Kicking off at 6pm, the night is a Black-Tie event, complete with cocktail reception, dinner banquet, and even a post-party celebration.

Nominate your HR heroes and take a look at the exciting awards agenda here.

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