Perks: Incentives & Recognition

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Public recognition in the workforce can be a positive tool when used properly by employers. Public recognition is the acknowledgement of an employee’s effort or behaviour which has exceeded expectations and has had a significant impact on the company’s values and goals. Appreciation is a fundamental human need. Employees who are publically recognized by their employers for their hard work are happier and will continue to strive for excellence in their field. Motivation is an important factor in getting employees to increase their productivity, and the knowledge that they can be recognized for their work helps increase motivation. Despite the numerous benefits that come with employee recognition, it remains an undervalued management technique, and is either done poorly or not at all.

Advantages to Employees

Employees want to feel appreciated for the work they do, especially those that work very hard. Although employers and companies may appreciate their employees, a lot of the time they don’t show it. Public recognition allows for employers to show their appreciation, and lets the employees know they are being appreciated for their work. Many public recognition programs are part of a rewards based concept, such as financial incentives, which is also an advantage for employees. Public recognition rewards hard work and creativity, and encourages employees to continue to strive for excellence in their work. It also makes the work environment more enjoyable, so employees want to go to work when they wake up in the morning. They feel valued at work, and feel like what they do is getting noticed, and thus are more likely to enjoy going to work. Public recognition also gives employees direct performance feedback. Employees know exactly where they stand with their employers; what their strengths and weaknesses are. This allows them to continue to do what they do well while working to improve on the other areas. This makes employees feel comfortable in their work environment.

Advantages to Employers

For employers, public recognition creates an increase in productivity. By recognizing a desired behaviour, it encourages the repetition of the desired behaviour by both the recognized employee and other employees. Reinforcing desired behaviour supports the company’s goals and values. It also increases employee satisfaction, which creates a strong work environment, helping to increase productivity while opening the door for hard work and creativity. It also creates higher loyalty among employees, and increases the retention of quality staff members. Employees who are publically recognized for their work are more likely to stay with their employers rather than potentially transferring to another company or job. This causes less staff turnover and creates a consistent work atmosphere, which also helps increase productivity. Employers can use the principles of public recognition in their own working and even personal relationships. The cost of a recognition system is small, especially when compared to the benefits it provides. Sirota Consulting conducted a survey that revealed just over 50% of workers were satisfied with the recognition they received from employers after they did a job. Employers who use a public recognition program interact better with their employees, can understand their complaints and concerns more fully, and overall run a better company.

Pros & Cons

When looking at possible job opportunities it is always a good idea to write down a pros and cons list. This can help you to determine what aspects of the job you might like and what aspects you may want to change.

Some important job aspects to consider include possible travel, team outings, casual attire, flexible hours, working from home and more.

Workplace Culture

A workplace culture can have a big impact on your everyday life. If you enjoy work you will be more likely to perform better and stay interested in the tasks at hand.

Some of the ways that companies today are helping to foster a positive work environment is to allow employees access to free food and drink, showers, gym memberships, nap areas and gaming rooms.