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Genuine Employee Recognition During the Holidays

December 15, 2011

Employee Recognition during the holidays is on the rise this year over last year, according to an article released earlier this week by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Perhaps a sign that employers have a brighter outlook for the future, more organizations are planning holiday events for employees,  recognition gifts and bonuses.
The authors suggest a few reminders in order to ensure that recognition has a lasting impact on employees.
In a nutshell:

  • Give recognition that is seen as authentic by employees and that carries a message of caring.  Hosting a dinner for employees carries a greater message of appreciation than giving a gift card to a restaurant, because it requires a personal investment in time together.
  • Nonmonetary recognition is as important (or more so) than a bonus.
  • Be consistent – develop recognition traditions that can be carried out in lean times as well as times of prosperity
  • Separate financial rewards from the tradition of recognition.   In order to curb perceptions of entitlement, be sure employees understand how financial rewards are calculated relative to the organization’s performance.
  •  Give recognition for employee contributions even (especially) in challenging times.
  • Recognition is appreciated during the holidays, and any time throughout the year
Appreciation is a gift that employees value!

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