August 26 has been designated by Congress as Women’s Equality Day. This is when women may want to take a moment to reflect on how much they have been able to achieve. One thing to keep in mind, is the many things women were not able to do during the last century.
Many people who are in management positions often bundle recognition and rewards together. The use of rewards is a good option when complementing recognition, but will not be a good replacement. One aspect to realize is rewarding employees is not simply about giving things to employees.
The use of best recognition strategies in the modern workplace is crucial to creating an environment which is competitive. Strategies that were used in the past often do not take into account alignment, engagement and recognition. They often led to disengagement among employees due to meaningless rewards which are often ill-timed. Review a few steps for charting a road map for a recognition strategy.
The recognition of employees will help companies to better align employees with the objectives or any goals of a business. This is often done by reinforcing the basic behaviors that are tied to the results achieved by a business. The main outcome is the employees’ emotional connection with a company, as they will be more engaged.
Organizations today are beginning to change to a flatter structure. This means employees will have more opportunities to thrive and collaborate. One aspect of this is being able take opportunities for having a significant increase in accountability and to take ownership of various tasks. The main aspect to realize is how cross-functional companies have evolved.
Job satisfaction and loyalty is often challenging in today’s economic climate. The ability for a business to attract and retain quality employees will require moral boosting recognition and providing positive feedback that is consistent. There are many ways for a business to recognize employees. One aspect for a business to keep in mind is to have a work environment to ensure employee retention. The key to the future success of a business is being able to keep high performers motivated.
A positive work culture relies on a core tenet that workers are the most important single asset of any company. Work situations can quickly turn toxic when the stated, or unstated, expectation is that each team member must go one better with each project. If a worker is only as good as his last triumph, it won’t be long before he will be looking over his shoulder, wondering who is gaining on him. This defeats the point of working together to build a strong company.
Fortune magazine has once again compiled its list of the ten best companies from the workers point of view. This 2014 roundup is a mix of high-tech, consulting, financial and construction businesses from around the United States. A brief synopsis of each company follows:
This internet behemoth, based in Mountain View, California but with a global reach, has a reputation for philanthropy. It’s stock stays strong, and the company has over a 20% job growth rate.
It is known for its amenities including fitness centers and cafes on campus.
When summer comes around, it’s time for employees to joyfully make travel plans. For supervisors, it’s time to pull out their hair and clench their teeth.
Everyone agrees that vacations are essential for healthy, happy workers. Annual rest and rejuvenation also make for a more efficient worker.
But covering a staff member’s duties and keeping the workload moving smoothly can be difficult. Planning around employee vacations is an art form. Without proper preparation and guidelines, a rest period for one member of the staff can easily become a stress-filled week or two for his colleagues.
You can reduce the tension and keep the work flow humming by instituting a vacation policy. Three basic practices will reduce stress for those covering and reduce frustration for those trying to get certain dates off.
Do you want to
• increase job satisfaction?
• improve morale at all levels?
• reduce turnover among your staff?
An Employee of the Month program, well planned and carried out, can contribute substantially to all three. For companies all over the country, it is an effective motivator for the workforce.
Here are six basic steps that will result in a workable, beneficial program, all aspects of sound planning, good communication, open involvement of staff at every level, and lots of publicity for the program and the winners.