Posted by Mark Coindreau on Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 05:00 | Follow me
Whether you are at a large firm or own a small business, it’s important to recognize the hard work of your employees and coworkers. From the mailroom to the payroll department, every person is an important cog in the wheel that keeps your business running smoothly.
Recognizing and rewarding employees’ contributions to your organization’s success can help increase loyalty and productivity while lowering absenteeism and staff turnover. With National Payroll Week (NPW) upon us, Sept. 7–11, you have the ideal opportunity to shine an appreciative spotlight on your payroll professionals.
The week, created by the American Payroll Association (APA), a strategic partner of Robert Half, is dedicated to celebrating the payroll professionals who make sure our paychecks are paid accurately and on-time.
In addition to the four ideas in the graphic below, here are four more ways to thank valuable employees and let them know how grateful you are for their work.
1. Celebrate by sharing the “Getting Paid In America” survey with your staff.
This survey offers employees a chance to share their opinions on how they’re paid as well as a chance at a grand prize — a free paycheck and trip for two to Las Vegas.
2. Have a party at your office complete with food, games and decorations.
Promotional materials include posters to display around the workplace, articles to be published in company newsletters and websites, as well as a store with branded gifts. (There’s even a National Payroll Week song, called "America Works.") Parties can offer an excellent excuse for colleagues to give recognition to payroll employees, who can share tips on how employees can stretch their paycheck.
3. Encourage your staff to volunteer in the community.
The Sept. 10 educational initiative, Money Matters National Education Day, seeks to teach teens across the nation about paycheck basics. Payroll professionals who teach these materials will receive one recertification credit from the APA.
4. Seek the feedback and ideas of your payroll department.
In addition to showing that you value their thoughts and opinions, you’re likely to cull some good ideas, too. You can use employee performance reviews to allow your team members to talk about general issues, such as work practices or the office environment, as well as their role within the team.
Of course, if you do implement one of their ideas in the workplace, be sure to credit the employee who suggested it. Also, encourage individuals to share their professional development goals with you during one-on-one meetings and see how you can help provide access to training or advancement opportunities that suit their career path.
Mark Coindreau is director of public relations, video and chapter relations for the American Payroll Association (APA). He has more than 10 years of experience in public relations, with a passion for social media, video production and the payroll industry. The APA has been an authority in payroll education since 1982 and is an alliance partner with Robert Half.