In many academic programs, particularly those focused on the arts, students are given the opportunity to create portfolios that bring together the corpus of their years of work. Professionals, too, may compile a portfolio of writing samples, architectural projects, paintings and so on. Not only does a portfolio serve as a useful tool for evaluation, it also gives people a sense of accomplishment, allowing them to look over the impressive amount of work they have done, see how they've grown over the years and remember projects that were pivotal to their development.
At its core, a portfolio is very much centered on recognition and acknowledgement. And that's what makes it a powerful tool for employee engagement in the workplace, too.
Telling their stories: Building portfolios of workers' achievements
Everybody is motivated by recognition. In fact, people crave acknowledgment in the same way they crave the basic necessities of life. It's part of what makes us human, this desire to have our unique contributions and activities recognized by others. People often build the narratives of their lives based on how their actions are perceived by others, incorporating their successes and assessing how they learned from their failures.
Therefore, in the workplace, empowering team members with the ability to build their workplace stories or digital portfolio can be a powerful engagement tool. In other words, if they can collect and look over a "portfolio" of their achievements, they're more likely to feel proud of their efforts, validated in their exertions and motivated to strive for even greater success.
This portfolio-building project doesn't have to be a complicated venture. At its core, it involves praising employees for their achievements along the way and providing an easy way to gather and display their cumulative accomplishments.
Putting technology to work
That's where employee recognition software comes in. By providing an electronic platform for supervisors and coworkers to acknowledge employees for their successes and contributions, these solutions make it easy to bring together the story of each worker's time at the organization. This, in turn, can become an excellent resource for more meaningful reviews and celebrations, as well as an incredible management tool for the social enterprise.
Not only do these "portfolios" provide a convenient way for managers to assess their workers, they also offer additional insights on the workforce. For example, employees who recognized their coworkers' valuable contributions might be excellent candidates for managerial roles, since they're able to perceive and commend excellence. Furthermore, workers' histories of achievements indicate areas of strength and growth, making it easy to pinpoint people who will make strong additions to particular teams or projects.
Furthermore, this storytelling recognition program could help to fuel workers' careers and inspire people to reach for new heights. With a sense that their efforts mean something, an impressive way to present their accomplishments and a window into their colleagues' successful career paths, workers may perceive opportunities for professional development and upward mobility. This helps to improve talent retention by showing employees that they have an exciting future within the company.
For more information on employee storytelling, download the TemboSocial white paper "How Personal Legacy Propels Enterprise Success."