In one of the seminars I conducted for Lopez Sugar Corporation
“sending your staff to training will not only enhance the skills, knowledge and attitude of your staff, it will also increase their morale knowing the investment you gave them”
10 WAYS TO RECOGNIZE EMPLOYEES
Many organizations spend so much money on recruiting and hiring new staff. But I cannot understand some organizations pay a little attention on how to retain the best people they hire. I suppose if an employee adds value to your organization, then it’s common sense to have some sort of employee recognition.
I need not cite a research to strengthen my claims, but based on my experience (am sure with yours too), motivated employees are more productive and are less likely to look for another job.
For any manager or entrepreneurs managing people, you need to understand the psychology of praising others for their good work and practice the principles of employee recognition in order to be really effective in your jobs.
Recognition is part of the basic needs of men, according to Maslow. Employees respond to appreciation expressed through recognition of their good work because it confirms their work is valued. When employees and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rises, and they are motivated to maintain or improve their good work.
Of course, nothing is free nowadays. Recognition has a cost. But there are thousands of ways to appreciate and reward the good performance of your employees depending on what you can afford.
The author with Hon Jocelle Sigue and First Lady Josefa Puentebella: When I was given a recognition by the City of Bacolod in the field of visual arts
Here are my top 10 Ways of Recognizing Employees:
- Praise an employee publicly for a job well done. The cheapest way to recognize a job well done is to say it publicly. Say “very good” as often as you can whenever you see a job done very well.
- Say “Thank you” for their hard work and contributions. One may say “why say thank you to people when they are paid to do the job anyway?” Well’ just remember this, not everyone does an excellent job; not everyone goes an extra mile; not everyone works as neat as the secretary who work with you for more than 20 years already… the list can go on…
A deaf-mute food server I meet in Palawan. In her shirt a line which says: “Deaf, Proudly working”
3. Remember or ask your secretary to remind you of the birthdays of your employees. A greeting card or a simple gift will surely make your subordinates happy. I remember in one company I worked with before as an HR Executive, we spare a small budget for a very simple birthday cake for our employees.
4. If you can afford, give money!. Who doesn’t like money as an incentive? Year end bonuses, perfect attendance bonuses, quarterly bonuses or gift certificates.
5. Simple gifts matter. Whenever you travel, don’t forget to buy little inexpensive (made it expensive if you can afford) pasalubong for your staff—this is a popular Filipino tradition. Last month I even raffled off the cellular phone I got from Globe. Thanks to globe for the phone .:)
“Share a good time with your staff over a cup of coffee”
6. Take a staff who did a very good job to a lunch or just a coffee in a nice cafe. I guess almost everyone appreciates food. Let your guest pick the restaurant of course. In my own small handicraft business, for example, each year we compete in a design competition, of course I usually promised to give a treat to everyone each time we received a recognition. In effect they try their best to come up with a real product out of my design.
“Pancit Lomi has been never expensive, but it brings a smile to the face of everyone in the workplace”
7. Bring food for everyone. If your budget cannot accommodate everyone for a good dinner, then bring food for everybody whenever the team did a laudable performance. Our staff at the Jojo Vto Designs Gallery really loves whenever I bring a casserole of Arroz Caldo or pancit Lomi or Pancit Bihon whenever I asked everyone to work overtime whenever we have shipments or delivery. Pancit Lomi has been never expensive, but it brings a smile to the face of everyone.
“Merzci Breads and Pastries’ Outing: The ATV was sent by the owner of the company for his people to enjoy..”
8. Create a fun tradition. When I was still an HR Executive before one of the program I created for summer is our annual “Summer Fun”. We bring our staff for an overnight stay in a not so expensive resort (not so expensive because we’re too many) and create some crazy activities which everyone love. Of course the program was in consultation with employees. We also do a lot of themed parties where everyone comes in costume including the top executives. Another activity which our employees loved at that time was our annual sport fest, complete with an opening salvo, parade with muses, cheering contest and many more. Ideas to create a tradition of fun is unlimited…
“The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP)-Negros Chapter. I had been a member of this professional organization since the 1980’s and I always thank my former boss for supporting my membership in this group”
9. Send your people in an out of town training or have them attend professional association meetings and represent your organization at civic and philanthropic events. These activities will not only enhance the skills, knowledge and attitude of your staff, it will also increase their morale knowing the investment you gave them.
Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod has an annual budget for these trophies to be given to their Outstanding Employees. Trophies by Jojo Vito Designs Gallery
10.Formal recognition. Inclusion of your employee of the month in your company publication can spur people on. It can give people that five minutes of fame and instill pride in their performance. Of course, who doesn’t like receiving a Plaque of recognition or Trophies for their performances? The actual reward process can be a very public affair with an Oscar or FAMAS like a presentation evening in a hotel. Or it can be a simple event in the office and a smile and handshake behind closed doors. Either way, the staff member and their peers will realize that their efforts are appreciated and rewarded and acknowledged.
Employee recognition is never old fashion. Make a difference by demonstrating your gratitude to your corporate heroes.
Artisans of Jojo Vito Designs Gallery taking a pose after completing the trophies they made for Dinagyang Festival 2015