Creating meaningful on-the-spot recognition programs

Want to know motivates employees? Ask them
By Stacey Morin
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/21/2006

It seems counter-intuitive that a rising star would stay in a high-stress, low-paying position for a long period of time. But if such a worker is recognized for her efforts in ways that truly motivate her, it can happen.

An organization just needs to figure out what forms of recognition are the most valuable to its employees and then design an on-the-spot recognition program to ensure staff are recognized in ways that are meaningful to them.

Recognition that is meaningful has the greatest impact on employee commitment, engagement, motivation and retention.