Workplace Recognition and Incentive Programs

Why Reward People?

Posted on December 14, 2010 by Motivo Staff in Uncategorized

Motivated employees are a company’s most valuable asset. That has never changed and never will. Keeping your employees satisfied and on the job not only saves you the rising cost of recruiting and retraining new workers, but happy and valued employees maintain a higher level of productivity – enhancing their value even further.

The easiest way to motivate them? Praise and Recognition. That’s why an Employee Recognition Program can work so well for you. Recognizing employees and managers benefits everyone. The recipient gains immediate gratification and is likely to continue exploring better methods of peak performance. Others will see the rewards and emulate the behavior, and employers reap the benefits of a more motivated and productive staff.

Categories for which employees can be recognized include (but are not limited to):

  1. Special Achievement
    • Production — for employees directly involved in manufacturing a product
    • Administrative — for employees with financial, administrative, human resources, environmental, safety, general operations, customer service and sales duties.
    • Management – for employees with managerial or supervisory responsibilities.
  2. Length of Service – for important milestones like 5, 10, 15 or 20 years, etc.
  3. 25-Year or other significant milestone anniversary
  4. Above and Beyond Behaviors
  5. Special Department or Location Recognition
  6. Safe Performance over time
  7. Significant Sales Achievement
  8. Suggestions, Wellness, Community Service, etc. Anything that is important to your organization…look for ways to create a Culture of Recognition.

Other times during the year which offer an opportunity to recognize:

January 25: Better Business Communication Day

Feb. 14 – 20: Random Acts of Kindness Week

March: Employee Spirit Month

April 10 – 16:  National Volunteer Week

May: 1st Loyalty Day; 6th Nurses Day; 11th Receptionists Day; May 2 – 8: National Transportation Week

June 10 – 17: Nursing Assistants Week; 23rd Public Service Day

You get the idea…look at your calendar and find a reason to recognize. Let your creativity flow.

Benefits of Recognition
Satisfied workers who feel valued by their employers produce higher quality work and that means better business for you. The Employee Recognition Program will help:

    • Enhance morale
    • Increase productivity
    • Motivate performance
    • Increase job satisfaction
    • Reduce turnover
    • Build pride in association