Workplace Recognition and Incentive Programs

Rewards Drive Employee Behavior

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Motivo Staff in Uncategorized

According to the Blessing White 2011 Employee Engagement Report:

Executives appear to struggle with key leadership behaviors, especially what’s required to create a high-performance culture.

Like a child being given a chocolate cupcake and a big hug after bringing home an outstanding report card, rewards and recognition can be powerful tools for employee motivation and performance improvement. Many types of rewards and recognition have direct costs associated with them, such as cash or gift certificates, which provide no lasting value. A wide variety of company-paid perks, like flex-time, paid parking, and paid time off offer things many employees like but these too come at a cost with no direct benefit to the company. On the other hand, praise, appreciation and valuing employees have a greater impact with lasting value.

Rewards can be defined as something than increases the frequency of an employee action. This definition points to an obvious desired outcome of rewards and recognition: to improve performance. Rewards and recognition can be very motivating by helping employees build feelings of confidence and satisfaction.

Recognition and rewards can help create the right atmosphere for employees to thrive. Rewards and recognition can drive an employee’s behavior to be more substantial and effective in achieving organizational goals. Studies show that employee morale significantly increases when employees feel that their work is valued. According to the Business Research Lab (2007), “rewarding and recognizing positive results is an important factor in retaining employees.” Most people are not motivated by money alone. Employees want to feel appreciated, recognized and valued.

Having a rewards and recognition program in place lets valued employees know that their contributions are important and efforts are appreciated. Establishing a reward and recognition program or an incentive system is a great step toward improving employee morale and encouraging greater productivity. If employees are happy and motivated, this will show with customers who will be happier and the company will reap the benefits as well. Saying thank you to everyone for a job well done is important!

The only way an employee will fulfill an organization’s vision and mission is to share in the dream. Reward systems are the mechanisms that make this happen. The greatest team management principle is that the things that get rewarded get done. You get what you reward.

Create a workplace environment that provides positive reinforcement of behaviors necessary to achieve results and business goals.