Many Firms Fail at Employee Recognition

Three in 10 workers think their employer fails to adequately appreciate the staff, according to a new OfficeTeam survey.

“Acknowledging staff just once or twice a year for their hard work isn’t enough – regularly saying ‘thank you’ or offering small tokens of appreciation can speak volumes,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Giving kudos for a job well done seems obvious, but when managers are time-strapped, this can be one of the first things that slips.”

Hosking added, “Companies that excel at recognition combine formal programs with everyday gestures of gratitude.”

OfficeTeam offers five tips for managers when recognizing staff:

  1. Say thanks. Regularly acknowledge employees’ great work verbally. Point out how their efforts will help the company or assist clients and customers.
  2. Put it in writing. Prepare a handwritten thank-you note or copy senior executives on an email about a worker’s accomplishment.
  3. Publicize achievements. Feature standout employees in the company newsletter or recognize them at a staff meeting.
  4. Support continuing education. Provide tuition assistance for courses that will help workers in their jobs and subsidize the cost of exams required to attain professional certifications.
  5. Give a little. Offer gift cards, movie passes or sporting event tickets to employees who go above and beyond a project.

Are you a manager that is struggling with time constraints that it is hard to recognize your employees, KeySolutions can help.  Give us a call at 605-334-5850 or 888-450-7844

Article from Employee Assistance Report, Volume 18, No 7.

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