With Employee Appreciation Day on March 6th, when was the last time you reflected on the achievements of your team members and how your company recognizes those efforts? Thought leaders often say that demonstrating appreciation to your employees -- not necessarily through financial compensation -- can drive productivity and employee retention.
"There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise."
Mary Kay Ash, founder of the Mary Kay Cosmetics empire
"Compensation is what you give people for doing the job they were hired to do.
Recognition, on the other hand, celebrates an effort beyond the call of duty."
"Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They're just more engaged at work."
Tom Rath, author of "How Full Is Your Bucket?" and "Strengths Based Leadership"
It is important that businesses understand that there are many ways to demonstrate appreciation to their employees that don't necessarily add a huge cost to your bottom line. In fact, Richard File from Amrigon correctly states that "spending $1 on something clever and unique is better than $50 on something ordinary and forgettable."
Tips from the HR experts at Clear Path
Clear Path president Anna Aceto-Guerin agrees that recognizing employee achievements is a critical piece of a company's plan for sustaining a stable and high-performing workforce. She encourages employers to consider the following:
Looking for some ideas?
There are numerous resources you can use to gather ideas for your workplace. A favourite of ours is Bob Nelson's 1001 Ways To Reward Employees. First published in 1994, most of his ideas continue to resonate today. He shares hundreds of tips for managers, many of which are no cost or low cost, but may have a huge impact on your organization. Here are a few examples:
No cost and low cost appreciation ideas from Bob Nelson:
Additional low or no cost ideas from author Kevin Kruse:
Forbes magazine contributiors David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom concur and offer some additional ideas:
1. In-Office Services. Pamper your people at the office. We’ve seen employers hiring on-site massage therapists, car washers, and even ‘errand-runners’ for their team. Think about the services your people would love—services that either treat them like royalty or remove a burden from their day.
2. At-Home Services. One of the best ways to show your appreciation for your team is to show you care about their life outside the office. Some employers provide a day of house cleaning, lawn-care, snow-clearing, and even child-care or pet-care services so employees can have a night out with their significant other.
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The folks at www.baudville.com have come up with numerous themes you could use for your staff, including:
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