“When people work in a place that cares about them, they contribute a lot more than duty.”
—Dennis Hayes, Hayes Microcomputer Products
We often tell managers that their
A colleague of ours illustrates the point
“Did I ever work sixty-
You see, without external motivators, employees tend to slow down, and their performance can get a little
So, now, what’s the climate like in your department?
This award takes the cup.
Our favorite sports trophy is Lord Stanley’s Cup, the ultimate award for professional hockey. Why? Because when your team wins it, each member gets the cup for a week. Do the same with your team awards and let each team member have the
Time is of the essence.
To be effective, recognition should be
Think this might not be a big deal? Ever missed your
If one of your
Pay them to party.
One of our favorite recognition events, by far, is our company’s annual picnic at a local
If your company picnic isn’t well attended, consider having it on company time. Somehow the food is sweeter and the conversation is a little more lively when you are getting paid to party! And that feeling of good will can’t help but follow
Rewards should stand for something.
When you look at your engagement ring or
We live in a society of symbols. When you give an award, try to attach some symbolism to it. It will make a huge difference in the value of the award
Symbolism—it’s the difference between another “thing” and a
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