1001 Ways to Reward Employees
Author: Bob Nelson
Employees can make or break a company, so it makes sense to motivate and reward them appropriately. This book puts forward the well-proven point that everyone thrives on praise and recognition, and offers leaders and managers numerous ideas for doing this.
The book is divided into several sections: day-to-day recognition, tangible recognition and rewards (gifts, awards), informal intangible recognition (time off, career development), recognition for teams, rewards for specific achievements (increased sales or quality), and formal organisation reward programmes (for example, company stock and ownership).
This clear format makes it a useful and practical tool for any manager to have on their bookshelves as reference material. It would make useful travel reading, as all of the ideas are presented in vignette form under the headings mentioned above. However, some readers might get impatient with having to read through these to get to the nub of the recognition idea. On the other hand, the format makes it easy to dip into for a quick immersion in suggestions.
The main criticism of this book is that not all ideas for recognition would fit a UK corporate culture. There is a largely useful additional list of ‘tangible recognition and rewards’ that stretch the bounds of credibility – one can’t help feeling that the average modest British employee is likely to be somewhat alarmed by ‘a band serenade’, ‘suspenders’ or ‘a rotating birthday cake’.
Useful? 3 stars
Well-written? 3 stars
Practical? 2 stars
Inspirational? 3 stars
Value for money? 3 stars
Overall 3 stars
Reviewed by Alyson Burn, manager, organisation and people development, GlaxoSmithKline