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According to Kinsey &
Company's "War for Talent" 2000, 65% of survey respondents cited "not feeling
valued" or "insufficient reward or recognition" as their reason for leaving
Rewards and recognition motivate people and make them feel
important. Motivated people have an increased potential for success in
projects, careers, and business. To better motivate people, make sure the
reward and recognition program selected is one where everyone in the
organization has an opportunity to be acknowledged and the program is
recognized as valuable to the organization.
is what I believe are the minimum requirements of a good rewards and
Recognition should be:
Precise by giving individual or group detailed
information on relevancy of what was done, as well as acknowledging when,
where, why, and how it was done.
Principled by showing sincere and honest
acknowledgement of an individual or group that supports organizational
beliefs and vales through their commitment and accomplishments.
Prompt by giving well-timed acknowledgement as soon as
possible after the event has occurred or action has been completed.
Rewards should be:
by determining whether they prefer private or
public recognition and communicating with the individuals involved to see
what they prefer, whether it is an award, a gift, time-off, or money.
by balancing the size or type of reward
with the individual or group contribution and accomplishments as it
relates to organizational goals.
Pleasurable means making things fun and
entertaining through the event in which rewards are given or by the
selection of a creative reward.
Dr. Gerald H. Graham of Wichita State University in a study of over 1500
employees, the top five
motivational techniques are:
1. Personally congratulate
employees who do a good job .
personal notes about good performance.
performance as the basis for promotion.
4. Publicly recognize employees for good performance.
5. Hold morale-building meetings to celebrate successes.
book "The Creative Communicator", Barbara Glanz shares ideas on ways to
reward and recognize employees that included the following suggestions:
1. Give them
2. Increase their
3. Allow them flex
time for outside professional activities.
4. Invite them to
lunch or dinner.
5. Give them
tickets to an event.
6. Allow them to
choose a special project.
7. Give them
opportunities for special training.
8. Sponsor their
membership in a professional group.
9. Give them a
subscription to a professional periodical.
10. Purchase a book
for their development.
11. Give them
something for their work area.
12. Let them attend
meetings in place of their manager.
For more great ideas, check out Bob Nelson's
books "1001 Ways to Reward Employees" or "1001 Ways to Energize Employees."
Google "rewards and recognition programs" or "rewarding and recognizing
employees" to see what options are available or what others may be doing.
there is a need to come up with a new Reward and Recognition program
quickly, I suggest getting the R&R team together to use a technique I call "RnRx30".
This technique uses group brainstorming to come up with at least 30 ideas
and an implementation plan in about an hour using the following steps.
1. Brainstorm at
least 10 ideas that will cost nothing to implement.
2. Brainstorm 10
or more ideas that may have a cost but will not be monetary rewards.
all the monetary rewards currently offered and brainstorm enough new ones to
reach a maximum of 10.
potential costs to ideas from step 2.
Determine which ideas can be implemented within next 6 months without
Select at least 5 ideas from step 5 and make plans to implement those ASAP.
7. Plan a follow-up meeting
progress toward plan created in step 6.
remaining list and determine if any additional
should be selected and if approvals are necessary.
the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their
good qualities in action. - Aristotle
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