There’s more than one way for an employer to say good job to its employees. In fact, there are virtually endless options to give employees an extra pat on the back for a job well done. However, many employers don’t use them. Whether a large corporation or a small business, recognition can make a huge difference in keeping your employees happy, and thus keeping them around. Receiving a well-timed thank you for employees’ efforts can be the key to creating a more motivated and engaged workforce. That’s because feeling appreciated for their contributions typically leads to employees putting forth greater effort.
A quality employer with great leadership will recognize that recognition should go beyond simply the number of years on the job. Although most employers have some form of employee recognition program in place, too often, they’re not effective at inspiring employees to go the extra mile. In many cases, for example, these employee recognition programs are based on tenure, meaning employees only receive recognition when they hit a certain employment milestone, rather than singling them out when they do something extraordinary. Even though it’s true that someone with 20 years at a single employer no doubt is a valuable asset to the organization, it’s possible that such a person could have been moved to accomplish so much more with the right employee recognition program in place.
That’s why it’s important for employee recognition programs to be designed and implemented with the focus on recognizing the contributions employees make every day.
Recognizing every-day contributions
That’s why it’s important for employee recognition programs to be designed and implemented with the focus on recognizing the contributions employees make every day. Giving employees recognition for making significant contributions, rather than honoring them in five- or 10-year increments, has been proven to boost their engagement significantly and encourage them to give their best every day. While many employers believe such a program has the potential to become too costly, the truth is that there are plenty of small, inexpensive ideas employers can use for employees that still make a powerful impact when it comes to their motivation.
For example, establishing a points-based system, in which employees can cash in points they earn for perks such as gift cards or vacation time, can be extremely motivating. A “wall of fame” that spotlights individual efforts and highlights team accomplishments is a simple but significant approach to honor employees. Even a thank you note left at an employee’s workstation from management sends a powerful message that employees are valued. These are just some of the many inexpensive but effective techniques that employers can use to thank their employees for a job well done. The following guide contains many more, so take a look and you can be on the path to a happier and more productive workforce.