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Denise Williams
HR Consultant

Recognition is the Key

Clients often ask me what they can do to retain their top-notch employees. The answer to this question lies within that organization. How you ask? As a manager or business owner, you need to know what motivates your employees. Many times your first inclination is to give your employees a raise in order to entice them to stay working for you. Sure, that may serve as a Band-Aid, but this will only be a temporary fix. Giving employees a raise will only satisfy their temptation to leave your organization temporarily. What I have found in speaking to hundreds of employees over the years is that they need to feel appreciated and recognized in the workplace.

It’s Personal

Each employee likes to be recognized in a different way, therefore, one recognition strategy may not be the best for all employees in your organization. Again, what motivates your employees? Maybe public recognition is what some of them seek, while others would be demotivated by that. It is important to have these conversations with your employees so that you can recognize them in a way that makes them feel appreciated. Studies show that being recognized and appreciated at work retain top-notch employees far longer than giving them a raise.

Sometimes giving employees the appreciation and recognition they crave will not only retain them long-term, but may also increase their performance. After all, don’t most people love doing things for people who seem to really appreciate it?

Inexpensive Can Still Be Effective

Recognition doesn’t have to be expensive or formal for you to show your appreciation for your employees’ hard work. Here are a few great ideas that are low cost and creative:

• Tickets to a sporting event
• Day off from work
• Send employees birthday cards/gifts
• Mall gift card
• Movie passes
• Treat them to lunch
• Restaurant gift certificates
• Flexible work schedule
• Favorite dessert
• Favorite book or candy
• Delta Sonic car wash passes
• Flowers
• Hand-shake with a “thank-you” for a job well done