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Recognition Programs: How to Be Effective

Keeping employees motivated has never been as important as during the current economic downturn. As companies reduce their workforces, employees need to work at optimal levels to ensure increased productivity and profitability.


Now more than ever, organizations must be proactive and have the right strategies in place to keep employees motivated.


Valued employees who feel appreciated for their hard work and efforts are more engaged in their organization, therefore demonstrate high productivity and efficiency.


To be effective, all rewards and recognition must be:


  • Timely.  Recognition should be as immediate as possible.  If you don’t thank someone until long after the effort, it diminishes the importance and sincerity.


  • Continual.  It should be an ongoing part of your culture. Don’t make rewards seem like after-thoughts.


  • Customized.  Rewards and recognition need to make sense in your culture and to your employees.


  • Balanced.  Think about appropriate levels of gratitude for the action you are recognizing. For example, offering a gift certificate to say thank you for a job well done and something more substantial when someone has achieved a milestone for the organization.


Magnetic Leadership: Its Time to Get R.E.A.L.

In today’s fast moving global economy, change is inevitable.

In fact, leaders need to be continually seeking improvements in processes and procedures to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.



In the coming weeks, I’ll be focusing on the power of magnetic leadership and how you can energize your organization today by taking steps to arm your employees with the knowledge and stamina to regularly carry out the organization’s goals, and how to create an environment that nurtures and supports results.


I like to use the R.E.A.L. acronym as a guide.



is for recruiting the right people at the right time
in the right place and retaining them.


stands for engagement, empowerment and enrichment


means appreciating employees


stands for leadership and building loyalty.


There are many myths about leadership that often prevent people from developing their leadership skills.  They think if they were not born a leader with some magic leadership dust in their DNA, they cannot become one in the future.


While some people may be more natural leaders than others, some of the best leaders I have worked with are men and women who went beyond cultivating their own leadership skills and instead created a culture of leadership in their organizations. The reality is that leadership does not belong to just one person.  Leadership inspires others and becomes a contagious force throughout an organization.


I’m excited to share how a leader can be a magnet for attracting and retaining top talent while maximizing their skills and efforts to build profitability and productivity.


Let’s Get R.E.A.L.



Dianne Durkin is president and founder of Loyalty Factor, a specialized consulting and training company that enhances employee, customer and brand loyalty for some of the nation’s most prominent corporations and many smaller businesses. Dianne’s proven expertise lies in helping companies quickly get to the core issues and outlining their impact on the organization’s profits, productivity and people.  www.loyaltyfactor.com