Anna Farmery from over at The Engaging Brand pushes us all to do just one more thing, well 10 of them in fact. She asked what would happen to the productivity your team if you did one more thing from the list every day?
The list is mainly about recognition, something that is in line with the things I have been thinking about recent with regard to employee engagement, recognition and satisfaction. I have not spoken about engagement and satisfaction for a while so it is time to dig it up again.
When employees are satisfied they engage when they engage companies tend to increase their performance(there is research out there but this is opinion 😉 ). This could be because they go the extra mile for the organisation and the manager. One of the biggest influences of employee satisfaction is the first level manager, yes there are lots of things that impact satisfaction but this to me is the biggest. One of the biggest satisfiers from management is recognition. By recognition I mean all sorts, financial, or emotional.
Now where this gets interesting is recognition means different things to different people at different times in their lives. Basically it comes down to what is important to the employee, not what the manager or HR thinks is important, and that’s the difficult part. For example those readers born after 1980 probably view a good salary and opportunities for advancement and the most important thing. You Baby Boomers are at the moment looking for work-life balance and good benefits, Gen-Xers sitting in the middle want interesting work (and the Boomers to leave the workforce, but that is another post), with work life balance. The trouble is when you recognise people’s performance you need to take this into account.
For a Gen-Y, a bonus or career development move might be the key, for the Baby Boomer give them a day off, Gen-X throw them a difficult project with a pat on the back. All of them would also appreciate a simple “Thank-You”. Ok I am simplifying things but you get the point.
Here are a list of resources you might find useful when coming up with ways to recognise employees:-
- Almost 10 years ago Dr John Sullivan wrote a great list of 63 ideas for retention, many of which are actually recognition ideas.
- 15 Ways to Recognize Employees
- The 10 Best Ways to Recognise Employees
- 10 Ways to Recognise Employees
- Overview of the book 1,001 Ways to Recognise Employees
- The Best Ways to Recognise Employees
- 10 Ways to Recognise and Reward employees
- 9 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged
- Stop Demotivating Your Employees
- Read The 1,001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook