In my last blog I wrote about the characteristics of recognition programs. With many organizations under cost containment guideless, I often receive the question, “What are some low-cost recognition programs that will motivate employees?”
Below are 10 LOW cost / NO cost ideas of how to recognize your employees:
1. Post a Thank You note on the employee’s door.
2. Give special assignments to people who show initiative.
3. Arrange for a team to present the results of an effort to upper management.
4. Include an employee in a special meeting.
5. Post a large celebration calendar in your work area and tack on notes of recognition for specific individuals on specific dates.
6. Encourage employees to participate in community volunteer efforts.
7. Use a 3×5 card to write You are Special Because ________
8. Widely publicize suggestions, who they came from and the positive impact on the organization / department.
9. Acknowledge and celebrate birthdays.
10. SMILE – Its contagious!
As you can see from the examples, small gestures can go a long way. Are you ready to ask your employees for some ideas?
“Appreciate everything your associates do for the business.
Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen,
well-timed and sincere words of praise.
They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.”
~ Sam Walton
Once you have engaged, empowered, and enriched employees lives, you have their attention. To have their heart, they need to feel appreciated, rewarded, recognized and valued.
To maintain your skilled workforce and your loyal and engaged employees, it is important to make sure your employees know their efforts matter. Appreciation comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. The best meet the specific needs of the individual.
Sometimes a $5 gift certificate to Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds — or a simple chocolate bar — can put a huge smile on someone’s face and energize them with more than just a sugar high. It is amazing to see people light up. It is the simple things that make a difference. The simplest and most inexpensive are often words.
I really appreciate all your work!
It’s the small things that can really make your day or even your week. Usually it’s a gesture from someone acknowledging something you have done. Small things do matter. If you do not believe it, just get into the habit of thanking people and see what happens.
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Our information exchange this week highlights the Motivational Manager article, “Make Recognizing Employees Part of Your Daily Routine.”
Make Recognizing Employees Part of Your Daily Routine
Good managers remember to recognize and motivate employees. Great managers do it every day.
Here are some proven methods for making sure that praising employees becomes part of your daily routine:
- Make employees a part of your weekly “to do” list. Add the names of the people who report to you to your list of goals to accomplish. Then cross off names as you praise them.
- Use voice mail. Rather than using it only to assign tasks, leave employees voice mail messages praising them for a job well done. Do it from your cellular phone on the way home.
- Write notes at the end of the day. Keep a stack of note cards on your desk, where you can’t ignore them. At the end of the day, take a minute to write thank-you notes to any employee who made a difference that day.
- At the beginning of the day, put five coins in your pocket. Then, during the day, each time you praise an employee, transfer a coin to your other pocket. It may sound corny, but once you get in the habit, you’ll start relying on tricks like this one.
For more information on clever, effective and economical ways to recognize effort and reward results of your employees, contact Loyalty Factor at 603-334-3401. We have numerous presentations, seminars and workshops on the topic.
And be sure to use the two most underutilized words…