for a Job Well Done
Ed Rigsbee, CSP, CAE
Praise for a job well done! Was
the response most frequently given to me during my six-month Employee Loyalty
Survey in 1995. At seminars across the
country, I asked attendees to tell me
the one thing that would improve their company loyalty.
Present, were of all levels from entry to executive,
and recognition is what American workers want most!
I believe most executives,
owners and managers secretly yearn for employees who have an emotional
ownership in their company. Employees
that operate as if they owned the company and always looked out for the
company's best interests. Unfortunately,
few are willing to do what it takes to cultivate this emotional ownership.
Often, I hear managers saying that loyalty is too costly.
But, how much does it cost to say, "Good job" or "Thank
you?" Not a cent!
The cost is the manager giving of him or herself--and to some, that
price is too high. I have found
that a little bit of recognition goes a long way.
Cost Effective Employee Recognition
Find creative ways to recognize
your team. Don't let your creativity
limit you, ask your employees what they might like.
Ask colleagues what they have done. Listed
below are 50 "easier" low cost recognitions offered by my seminar
A visit from the president.
E-mail from the president.
Notice to all employees of a special performance.
4. Letter of recognition in employee's permanent file.
5. "Highlighting Employee" section in company newsletter.
6. "Well Done" pens.
Company coffee cup.
or Attagirl" stickers.
Paid time off.
10. Recognition at
Lunch with the president or other executive.
14. New title.
16. Gift certificates
to local restaurant, theater or video/DVD rental store.
17. Flex time.
Special parking space.
Private verbal praise.
pot luck celebration.
of work assignments.
Certificate of Appreciation.
23. Team congratulatory
24. Selecting the workplace
radio station for a week.
Come in late or get off early card.
Get the workplace recycled soda cans for a month.
27. Hand shake and "Thank you."
28. Company specialty advertising items.
29. Boss for a day.
Care package to spouse or children of employee.
31. Wash employee's car.
32. Food: all-day suckers, pizza, donuts or maybe something healthy.
33. "Get Out of Meeting" card.
34. Free vending machine privileges for the week.
35. Lotto tickets.
Gold star on desk.
pedicure or massage.
breakfast at employee's desk.
Party at owner's or executive's home.
"We'll do it Your Way Today" card.
41. Software, special keyboard, new chair, etc.
42. Notice about employee accomplishments in local newspaper.
43. Assign additional responsibility.
44. Guaranteed quiet/thinking time.
45. Include employee in decision making.
46. Decorate office for holidays.
47. Lunch or dinner at long meetings and training classes.
48. Listen to the employee.
50. Allowed to
attend a seminar of their choice.
In The Art of Partnering
I wrote about Management By Partnering Around (MBPA).
I believe MBPA is the best possible solution to greater productivity.
This applies to anybody who considers them a manager or better yet, a
leader. Use Ken Blanchard's model from the One Minute Manager, find
employees doing things right and give them a "one minute praising"
on the spot. What a great way to build