Workplace Recognition and Incentive Programs

Power of Intrinsic Motivation

Posted on March 29, 2010 by Carl Bonura in Uncategorized

Daniel Pink in his book Drive says that people would prefer activities where they can pursue three things.1. Autonomy: People want to have control over their work.2. Mastery: People want to get better at what they do.3. Purpose: People want to be part of something that is bigger than they are. Or as Leadership Consultant, Wally Bock, states, “This matches research that I've done with class members for over twenty-five years. They discuss a time when "it was great to come to work" and then create a description of what those times are like. The descriptions vary slightly in wording but always include the following. ProductivityCommunityInteresting and meaningful workClear and reasonable expectationsFrequent and usable feedbackConsistencyFairnessMaximum control possible over work lifeI'm describing the kinds of workplaces where intrinsic motivation happens....

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Celebrate Your Employee’s Successes

Posted on March 21, 2010 by Carl Bonura in Uncategorized

Keeping your staff motivated and on task takes more than wishful thinking. Setting up a plan for employee recognition is one step toward making your workplace a more productive one. By instituting a well-planned and monitored success-recognition program, you will reinforce the positive work behaviors your company is seeking in its staff. How to Celebrate Employee Achievements Step1 Establish the criteria on which you will recognize your employees' successes. Most successful programs will be inclusive of all staff and should provide specific requirements for eligibility that are well outlined for both staff and management. The kind of success that is expected for the reward should be clearly understood by all. Step2 Among the most successful ways to recognize employee excellence is a non- monetary reward. Whether it is based...

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What is a Culture of Appreciation?

Posted on March 14, 2010 by Carl Bonura in Uncategorized

Employee recognition is a communication medium that rewards and respects the contributions that help make the company a great place to work. By recognizing your employees/co-workers effectively, you encourage and reinforce the very actions/behaviors that create a better working environment for everyone. An effective recognition system is simple, immediate, and powerfully reinforcing. To continue with your cultural transformation, you need to promote a culture where informal and formal recognition become a part of the management philosophy across the entire organization. We need to start respecting our co-workers by simply saying: Why Should it be Part of Your Culture?Never doubt that recognition is the fuel that propels organizations past their peers. This is so, because appreciation engenders a sense of camaraderie, connecting employees to each other, their department and to their...

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Is Your Company Committed to Engaging Employees?

Posted on March 1, 2010 by Carl Bonura in Uncategorized

Imagine working for a company where nearly 25% of the employees hate their jobs, over half (55%) of the employees are apathetic and uninterested and do just enough to stay employed. Only the remaining 20% do their job enthusiastically and care about the company’s future. Unfortunately, you don’t have to look far to find such a company. This is the profile of a typical US Company. Why are today’s workers so disengaged? A recent global survey by Towers Perrin gives some insight:For employees, the real driver of engagement is the belief that a company cares about them. Senior management's interest in the well-being of employees is what most drives engagement, according to the survey.For many employees, "caring" translates to providing opportunities for career development.Other...

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