Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Employee Recognition

Thanks to each of you that contributed some really good ideas regarding employee recognition-keep them coming!

Valuing and recognizing your employees is not just some "feel good exercise". It is one of the most effective ways to increase the productivity and profitability of your organization! Have you ever thought of it that way? There are a lot of extremely successful companies out there that have made employee recognition an integral part of their culture.

I am the son of a retired airline pilot, so I know a little about that industry. Southwest Airlines is a great example of what I am talking about in this post. Southwest does a lot in the area of employee recognition, and it pays off on the bottom line.In 2004, Southwest Airlines celebrated their 31st consecutive year of profitability! No airline comes close to matching that record of accomplishment. Go to their website ( and scroll to the bottom of the website. Click on "About Southwest" ,then "Colleen's Corner", then "History" and you will see what I mean. Colleen Barrett is the President Of Southwest Airlines, and her column features Colleen's recognition of her Executive Assistant, Vickie Shuler.Clicking on "History" will show you Southwest's record of profitability over the years.

An organizational culture that consistently recognizes it's employees has a very good chance to produce some pretty amazing results. Southwest Airlines has revolutionized the airline industry in many ways-and they did it by focusing on their employees as much as they focus on their customers.

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In your opinion, which of the following is the most effective way to recognize an employee for a significant accomplishment at work?