More rules for high impact recognition

By Bob Nelson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/29/2004

Here’s some thoughts on how recognition can be inexpensive and fun, as well as the importance of career development opportunities.

Things that are the most motivating to employees tend to be relatively easy to do and cost the least

Personally recognizing employees’ accomplishments can be easy to do as well. In a study of potential workplace motivators by Gerald Graham, professor of management at Wichita State University, three of the top five incentives ranked by employees had no cost, even though they were seldom done by employees’ managers: (1) a personal thank you from one’s manager for a job well done; (2) a written thank you from one’s manager for a job well done; and (3) public praise. When these forms of recognition are done in a timely, sincere and specific manner, employees feel valued and appreciated.