Recognizing the work of employees is a vital part of being a successful business owner. Employee recognition includes informal and formal acknowledgement of employees’ efforts toward individual and company goals.
Your employees will feel important and valued when you recognize and appreciate their hard work. While it is important to recognize workers who perform outstandingly, it is equally vital to your company’s success to recognize positive effort among all employees.
In addition, recognizing your staff for their hard work sends a positive message to current and potential workers: Your company values its employees and recognizes each person’s individual contribution to reaching company goals.
Benefits of Recognizing Employees
There are many benefits to providing employee recognition in the workplace. Primarily, staff recognition increases workplace productivity. When positive behaviors are encouraged and reinforced, those behaviors are likely to continue.
In addition, you are likely to see a boost in employee satisfaction in the workplace. In turn, this produces less employee turnover because your staff members feel valued and appreciated for the work they do. And happy employees make happy customers!
Cost of Employee Recognition
It does take time, effort and sometimes money to develop a good program for recognizing, appreciating and rewarding employees for their work. It takes time to teach managers how to recognize employees. There is also time spent giving recognition. You may even have financial costs if you give physical rewards for excellent work. However, the benefits of proper employee recognition far outweigh the costs.
How to Recognize Your Employees’ Hard Work
There are many ways to recognize your staff for outstanding work. Ultimately, you have to find something that works for you and your company. It is good to juggle your techniques with formal and informal evaluations and recognition.
Daily, spontaneous recognition is highly effective. It lets your employees know that you are aware of their day-to-day efforts.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started. Vary your approach by using all of these ideas at different times.
• Send hand-written “thank you” notes
• Send emails to teams about group progress and let them know you appreciate their continued efforts
• Make a personal phone call
• Give a pat on the back
• Praise publicly in a meeting
• Give rewards such as gift cards or longer lunch breaks
• Post a note on the employee’s door or desk
• Send memos to all employees listing individual recognitions
• Allow employees to present accomplishments at an important meeting
• Nominate an employee of the week/month
• Mention your employees in the company newsletter
Whatever methods you choose, there are a few things to keep in mind:
• Always recognize your staff members by name.
• Specifically state why the employee is being recognized and explain why their efforts are important to the company or project they are working on.
• Do not hesitate to show your personal feelings of pride and appreciation for your workers.
Employee recognition is a great way to boost morale and drive confidence in the workplace. Confident and satisfied employees who feel valued are more likely to maintain high levels of performance.
About the Author
Carl works at Motivo Performance Group in Houston. He is an avid reader of business journals, and his writings about business management and industry insights are sometimes published in local magazines.