Friday, March 7, 2008

Employee Recognition-Bright Idea #3

Consider recognizing individual employees on their anniversaries with your company.....this idea is not new..... unless you decide to recognize them in ways that are memorable to them:

1) Give the employee a card signed by members of his work team. Ask each of them to note
something about that employee in the card that they value- ex. his sense of humor, his
positive attitude, his passion about NASCAR .

2) His supervisor also notes in the card a specific work accomplishment during the past year-ex.
perfect attendance, a work procedure suggestion by that employee that was implemented and increased productivity.

3) Include a small gift certificate for something that the employee would really use-ex. a free car
wash that includes detailing, a gift certificate for dry cleaning. At a facility with 100
employees, this practice might cost $1000-$2000 per year-no big deal-you are spending
that much on coffee.

The whole idea is to show your employees that you really are glad they work with you. When we feel valued, we work smarter and harder for our companies. And guess what? That $1000 you spent turns out to be forgotten..... since you generated $10000 in additional profit via those motivated employees.

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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?