One of the important keys to creating a culture of engaged employees is being deliberate with recognition.
Employees come to work and want to do a good job but like to be recognized for their efforts.
This should be incorporated into the way that we communicate with our employees.
This begins with setting the expectations followed by coaching through performance and lastly by recognizing and rewarding good performance.
Employees know who the slackers are and want to be recognized for performing at a higher level than their counterparts.
There are not many things that are as discouraging to an employee than working diligently to complete goals and improve the customer experience and not be acknowledged for the efforts.
Sometimes a simple thank you is enough.
Employees stay with organizations that show appreciation for their efforts.
Neglect your top performers and they will find an organization that values what they contribute.
8 Ways to Recognize Your Top Performers
1. Simple Thank You
Some managers think that recognition needs to be formal.
However, employees appreciate small things, and the simple verbal thank you for a job well done goes a long way.
2. Written Note
Keep a stack of note cards in your office and write a personal note to an employee who has gone above and beyond.
Very often those crunch times go unnoticed.
Take the time to drop a note to your employee and they will appreciate it more than you know.
3. Public Acknowledgement
Use the weekly or monthly staff meetings to highlight an employee who just completed a major project or landed that big contract.
A few words of thanks in front of piers fans the flame of motivation.
4. Extend to Family
Very often it is the employee’s family that pays the price of those busy times of the year.
If you know the employee’s family, drop them a note and thank them for allowing you to use the gifts and talents of their family member.
5. Educational Opportunity
Top performers typically have an interest in learning.
Recognize employees by allowing them to take continuing education courses or attend conferences that will enhance their skills.
6. Increased Responsibility
Use delegation as a reward for top performers.
Delegate responsibility for a sought after project to those who perform well.
This does a couple of things.
First, it tells the employee that you recognize their efforts but it also is a step in the succession planning and development process.
7. Flexible Schedule
Flexible work schedules is something that every employee wants.
Unfortunately, not every employee has the discipline to self-manage, so recognize good performers by allowing flexibility in their schedule.
8. Above Average Merit Increase
Top performers should receive higher than average pay increases.
The days of across the board are going away and individual efforts need to be recognized and rewarded.
Employees invest a lot of time into their job and it is up leadership to help them understand expectations, provide feedback in meeting those expectations, and recognizing a job well done.
Do you have any creative ways you recognize your top performers?