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personal, written, electronic, and public. Both small and
large accomplishments should be recognised as well
as individual and group efforts. If you don't recognise
performance when it happens, organisations are likely
not to achieve the level of employee performance they
need to succeed.
Benefits that demonstrate a strong commitment to
well-being is a surprising strategy to increase employee
engagement. This can include everyday perks such as
refreshments, flexible working hours, or the use of a
company fitness facility.
" Employers can significantly influence, if not control,
:
Low-Cost, High-Impact Recognition
Showing appreciation sends the message that employees are valued, and that the organisation wouldn't be
as successful without them. However, money isn't always vailable for cash rewards or high-ticket items. That
doesn't mean that there aren't still several options for showing employees that their time and work is valued and
appreciated. Here are a few approaches to consider.
Low-end rewards. This can include items like e-cards from Starbucks, Amazon.com, gas cards, discount restaurant
coupons, gift certificates, or even a bouquet of flowers. Provide a context when given to the honoree to tie the
recognition to a larger goal of the employee or the work group.
Symbolic recognition. This can be tokens, pins, ribbons, a certificate, or plaque that has special meaning. For
example, Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, supplies tokens to all supervisors to give to employees to reinforce core
values. The tokens can be redeemed in the employees' paychecks for $10, but most employees who receive them
prefer to keep the tokens as a memento and forgo the additional money.
Spontaneous celebrations. Something as simple as an ice cream social, takeout pizza, or doughnuts in the morning
can make employees feel valued so long as the gesture is in response to an individual or group success or milestone
and not just a random act.
Time off. Time can be used as an award itself: a voucher for a long lunch, an afternoon or an additional day off.
Employee perks. Simple low-cost benefits that are available to all employees such as soft drinks, coffee, bottled
water, snacks, or the use of a company fitness room are great for company morale. Krieger has held fast to simple
employee perks such as " Bagel and Doughnut Friday " and found ways to bring employees together in a relaxed,
social settings.
how motivated and satisfied their employees are, " says
Greg Harris, president of Quantum Workplace. In fact,
the most powerful motivators for today's employees are
within reach of every manager and tend to have little,
if any, financial cost.
Bob Nelson, Ph.D., is president of Nelson Motivation Inc. and a
frequent presenter for companies, associations, and conferences on
the topics of employee motivation and engagement as well as author
of 1501 Ways to Reward Employees. Dr. Bob can be reached at
bob@drbobnelson.com or his website at www.drbobnelson.com.
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