One of the best ways to create a positive company culture where employees are engaged and like coming to work is to recognize and reward good performance. It’s always frustrating to work diligently, well beyond the efforts of colleagues, and go unnoticed. Employees want to stay with organizations that appreciate their hard work and if you don’t, they’ll start looking for a company that does.
Here are eight ways to recognize your top performers.
It doesn’t need to be fancy, you can simply say thank you. Or take the time to write a personal note to let an employee know they’re appreciated. If nothing else, you can brighten their day.
Personalize an award for something an employee accomplishes and dole it out in front of the rest of the team. It can be in the form of a $15 plaque or even a gift card—something inexpensive and simple that your employee can be proud of.
Use a staff meeting to spotlight something your employee just achieved. It can be very motivating to be recognized in front of peers.
Write about them
Publish a blog post or company-wide press release that recognizes your employee’s accomplishments. Highlight how their production contributes to the overall well-being of the company. This is a great way to document their stellar performance and provides him something he can share with his friends and family.
Top performers are usually driven and motivated already, so reward them by allowing them to pursue education courses or conferences and workshops that can help to develop their skills.
Delegate some new, more challenging tasks to the star employee. You’re showing them that you see their efforts and you trust them, at the same time you’re beginning to groom them for future leadership or even management.
Top performers have already proven they have the intrinsic motivation and self-discipline to get the job done, so reward them with the ability to choose some flexibility in their schedules. Perhaps an occasional day off or the opportunity to work remotely. This alone might serve as an incentive for your other employees.
Employees who are exceeding expectations should likewise receive pay that exceeds the average. As you plan to distribute raises, link them to performance appraisals. This way, workers will be compensated in proportion to their efforts and output.
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