5 Quick Ideas to Recognize and Reward Employees

According to a Maritz Research study, employees who participate in creative recognition programs at work are five times more likely to feel valued, 11 times more likely to feel committed and seven times more likely to stay in their jobs. Here are some great ideas you can try:

1.Verbalize It: Give your employees the thanks and appreciation they deserve by telling them how much you appreciate them verbally. Saying things like "great job" and "outstanding performance" can go a long way to boost productivity, especially if said in front of their peers.

2.Find time to say "Hello" to your employees: Look at your employees while talking to them, not through them when you pass them in the hall. By actually taking time to acknowledge them, ask how things are going and really listen to them will make employees feel more appreciated, and more respected.

3.Do something Unexpected and Fun: Take a Friday afternoon off to take the entire office bowling, or have an unexpected indoor "pool party." Spread sand around, play Caribbean music, spread out beach chairs and give employees logo beach towels and sun visors.

4. Send High Performers Back to School: Recognize key players by offering them in-house training, off-site seminars and college courses, advanced degree programs, certification courses, peer counseling sessions and advanced management training.

5.Use Scrapbooks to make a Retirement Memorable: Everyone can get in on the fun of gathering photos and memories, including customers or association members. Put it all in a large scrapbook and give it to the retiree or outgoing association President at a celebratory event as a special memento. Get creative and add captions and colorful paper.

Ideas from Ken Lloyd, an organizational behavior consultant and author of 151 Quick Ideas To Recognize And Reward Employees.

Steps to Achieving your New Year’s Resolutions

Each year as the New Year rolls in, each of us makes some type of resolution to either be a better person, lose weight, exercise more, make more money, etc. The problem with these resolutions is that they usually are forgotten by the end of January or February and we shrug it off, as there is always next year to resolute to do these things again.

The real reason that we don’t achieve these goals is that we don’t have a plan. In order to achieve anything in life worth achieving you need to have a desire to want to reach your goal. Desire is more than just wishing; it is a wanting more than anything else that this goal will be seen through. With desire comes the need to write down a plan on how this is going to be achieved. Starting with the bigger picture, an outline per say, and then taking that outline and breaking it down in to achievable tasks, possibly as minute as a plan for each day.  

The next thing that you need to achieve these goals is faith. Not the religious type of faith, but the faith that you know in the end you will succeed. And if you follow your plan, possibly tweaking as you go – how could you not succeed? You need to believe in yourself and really feel the energy of knowing that it can be done. Make a commitment to yourself to follow your plan each day.

Another way to help you keep your mind in focus of your goal is to write down all that you plan on achieving and what it will help you accomplish (ie- Lose 50 pounds by June 15, buy great looking clothes for my new figure, plan a party or take a vacation to Florida to show off my new me – and for each of these ideas, you will have written a step by step plan – including making arrangements for the things this new goal will do for you) Write each of these steps down on a sheet of paper and laminate it so you can keep it with you at all times. Each day, take it out and look at it. Read it over and visualize how you will look or feel when the goal is accomplished. The power of visualization is incredible and can help you achieve whatever your heart desires.

By having desire, faith, commitment, visualization and most importantly a detailed plan your New Year’s resolution can become reality.

Happy New Year! Now let’s set those goals . .

Enough time has passed to digest that the New Year is finally here. The relatives have gone home, the children are back in school and things are getting back to normal. Now its time to reflect on last year and what worked for you and what didn’t. You can do this both personally and for your career.

 

The beginning of the year is a great time to examine those things you did over the course of this past year that helped you or your department reach its goals. Evaluate the use of your marketing materials, tradeshows you may have exhibited in or attended and how well your website works for you. Get together with a group of peers or your department and reflect on each of these items. Get their input for how you can do it better in 2009.

 

Don’t forget to take a look at morale. The right attitude plays a huge part in making your goals. How you feel about your work environment and your surroundings can make or break you. If you are the head of a department, set goals and celebrate even the smallest achievement. It can be as simple as flex time, or a pizza party.

 

If you are setting personal goals make sure they are attainable. Set smaller daily or weekly goals, so that they are achievable and then reward yourself when you reach your goal. Even taking time out for a bubble bath and a good book can be a celebration. Just make sure you reward yourself with something special.