Talent development professionals can have all of the resources in hand to build employees into high-functioning contributors to the organization’s goals. Yet without motivation, all of those resources go to waste. Just as you can lead a horse to water but can’t make it drink, you can prepare an employee to be the best he or she can be. Though unless that employee has the motivation to do his or her job to the best of his or her abilities, all of that preparation and training is for naught. That’s why it’s important for organizations to make employee recognition part of their overall strategy. Because, recognizing employees for their hard work in addition to their regular compensation can be an extremely powerful tool for motivating them to put forth their best efforts every day.
Although a large number of businesses already have some type of employee recognition program in place, these programs could be more effective. In many cases, these programs are tenure-based, honoring employees with rewards based on their time with the company. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea of giving employees recognition based on their tenure with the organization, but the motivational effects of these types of rewards tend to be minimal. Performance-based rewards that recognize employees for their actions that go above and beyond their normal duties can be much more effective at keeping employees engaged and motivated. However, many talent development professionals may be wary to implement such an employee recognition program because they fear it would be too expensive.
The good news is that there are numerous ways organizations can implement a performance-based employee recognition program without spending a lot of money or going to great lengths. Many techniques and strategies can go a long way to building a more engaged and motivated workforce. For example, a simple thank you note left at an employee’s desk from a manager requires little effort. Nevertheless, it sends a powerful message to the employee that his or her efforts are recognized and valued. Even this type of small gesture can help employees feel more invested in their work because they know someone appreciates what they do. Other simple-but-effective ideas for employee recognition include points-based reward systems and gift cards.
The guide below provides helpful suggestions for building a more effective employee recognition program. Take a look and see if there are any you can use in your workplace.
Author: Kelly Chesterson is Vice President of Operations for Point Recognition. Chesterson holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and is a Certified Engagement Practitioner. She has worked in the reward and recognition industry for more than eight years.