Staff Superstars: How to Recognize Employees Who Rock

By Robert Half on April 14, 2015 at 4:52pm


Are companies hitting the right note with their employee recognition efforts? Most managers say “yes,” but some workers are singing a different tune.

89% of senior managers think their company is effective at recognizing employees for good performance.

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 610 senior managers in the United States and Canada

3 in 10 workers think their company isn’t good at recognition.

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 915 workers in the United States and Canada

If rock-star staff aren’t acknowledged, they may take their acts elsewhere.

More than 1/2 of workers say it’s at least somewhat likely they would leave their current position if they didn’t feel appreciated by their manager.

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 660 workers in the United States and Canada

Rewards top the charts as the most valued form of recognition, beating out growth opportunities and praise.

33% Rewards
24% Growth opportunities
22% Praise
16% No need for recognition
4% N/A

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 660 workers in the United States and Canada

7 Tips for Making Employee Recognition a Hit

Clearly tie recognition back to specific actions so people know exactly what they did right.
Remember that recognition doesn’t need to be extravagant to be effective.
Don’t overlook unsung heroes who help behind the scenes.
Acknowledge contributions regularly — not just once a year.
Don’t overdo it. Even the nicest compliments seem insincere when given too often.
Make sure the form of recognition fits the degree of achievement.
Find out what type of acknowledgement employees prefer and customize rewards accordingly.

© 2015 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.

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