Recognize This! – Give employees a reason to work harder by recognizing their efforts.
Extending on yesterday’s post on increased pay not solving stressful work environments, Bnet recently published an article on how to increase productivity. The most insightful point in the post was:
“Employees work hard because it’s their job to do so, but employees work harder when they feel good about doing so.”
Employees are already pushing the limit on productivity,
considering many are covering the roles of multiple team members who
were long ago laid off and never replaced. But that doesn’t mean they
aren’t willing to work harder if they know their work has meaning and purpose.
Strategic employee recognition
is a powerful method of communicating that meaning and value of their
work. But recognition and reward programs do not have to cost a lot.
Numerous clients have doubled and even quadrupled the amount of
recognition occurring in their organizations without increasing their
How? It’s simple. Stop focusing on large cash bonuses given to the elite once a year as the primary means of recognition. Research
shows more frequent recognition and rewards of much lower economic
value have a stronger and more lasting emotional impact on employees.
Harvard Business Review explained the research this way:
“Money is the most expensive way to
motivate employees, but it’s still many leaders’ first choice. Our
experience and numerous studies, however, show that big bonuses are less
effective than smaller, unexpected gestures, because gifts create a
relationship while bonuses are purely transactional. Consider how
pleased you are when a friend brings a bottle of wine to your house for
dinner and how different you’d feel if he offered to pay you for the
meal. In the office, small gestures create a similar friendly feeling.”
What are you doing to make your employees feel good about working harder?
25 Oct 2011 3:16 PM
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