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Employee Recognition
Avoiding The
Second-Year Slump
Ways organizations can keep the honeymoon alive in order to
increase employee productivity and retention.
By Derek Irvine
Picture this: You're a manager at a company and you've
just hired the ideal candidate for a new position. They're
qualifi ed, ambitious, and motivated, and once on the
job they work hard, produce great results, and appear to
truly love their job. Overall you're thrilled with your new
hire, but as their second year rolls around, you notice
the employee is becoming progressively disengaged,
less productive, and ultimately, unsatisfi ed in the role.
Something critical has changed from the time they fi rst
started, but you're not sure what it is-or how to help.
Well, you're not alone. This feeling of detachment is
known as the second year slump and often pollutes the
minds of new employees, distorting their perception of
their jobs.
Research from Globoforce's Spring 2014 Workforce Mood
Tracker survey fi nds that 71 percent of employees love
their jobs in the fi rst year. A whopping 90 percent of
employees feel appreciated, and 94 percent said they
feel their managers acknowledge their work. According
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to Gallup, this honeymoon period generally only lasts
between six months and a year. Globoforce's research
confi rms this, showing that come year two, employees'
love for their job plummets. Compared to the 71 percent
of employees who loved their job in year one, only 55
percent of employees say they love their job in year
two. Additionally, only 71 percent feel appreciated and
acknowledged for their work in year two. According to
Gallup, employee engagement drops from 52 percent
to just 44 percent after an employee's honeymoon
period ends, which can be detrimental to a company's
productivity and retention.
So how can companies keep the honeymoon period
alive? Globoforce has found that when employees are
recognized for their work, the honeymoon doesn't end.
Instead, through acknowledging employees' hard work,
feelings from the fi rst year can actually be transformed
into the new company norm. According to Globoforce,
when employees are recognized during their fi rst year

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