Saying thanks easier than ever

Online recognition tools give employees, managers ability to say thanks and track points for awards
By Roger Jewett
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/01/2007

It’s a rare organization where saying “thanks” to employees is part of a daily ritual. And that’s a shame, because lack of appreciation is one of the top reasons employees leave their jobs.

Taking the time to say thanks can go a long way in improving employee retention. Employers that think they’re doing everything right may want to take a step back and double-check to ensure they’re really paying enough attention to employees.

After all, it’s becoming harder to find new employees and keep existing ones. If they leave, it may be more difficult and expensive to replace them than ever before. So why aren’t employers doing a better job recognizing employees? After all, there are dozens of books on the market that tell managers they should. And there are many HR consultants who will tell employers recognition is critical to employee engagement.