Give employees recognition consistently and you'll be less likely to be struggling with turnover and productivity problems. And, you won't get comments like this from a real employee opinion survey I conducted years ago,
“My manager does not give much
recognition or many pats on the back.
Outside of my compensation (which I appreciate very much) I've not heard one
"Thank You" or "Good Job" from my manager in months. Sometimes I wonder,
and I'm not the only, if he cares about what I do. I don't want to sound needy or
anything, but a pat on the back every once in awhile would go along way
toward making things better."
This employee seemed hesitant to even say how important feedback was to him, but thank goodness he did. Because he's not alone. In over four million employee interviews Gallup determined that the teams with much higher productivity and customer service scores, and less turnover, rated these statements as true:
Their research also reveals that 70% of US workers are NOT engaged and/or committed to their work! WOW - 7 out of 10 employees are not fully there - on the job.
Isn't it amazing that more commitment and less turnover can start with something so simple as recognition every week and a supervisor who cares?
It IS amazing and seems doable, BUT it's not happening.
Year after year Gallup surveys say the same thing - large numbers of employees are not committed to their company and/or their work. And opinion surveys come back - time after time - ranking recognition and feedback as lacking.
From my view there are four reasons why you do not give employees recognition consistently:
the reason there's too much research available, about how absolutely important feelings of personal accomplishment
and recognition for achievement is to performance, that you cannot logically ignore the power of employee recognition. That is IF you want high performance, low turnover and a thriving team and company! And I know you do!
Here are simple actions and tools that will help you begin to give employees recognition consistently and reap the benefits of employee engagement and commitment:
What about you? Do give employees recognition consistently? If yes, please share your tips in the comments below. If no, what do you think - are you willing to try it and see what happens? Share your comments, below.