Employee Recognition On A Budget

In the hustle and bustle of the professional world, it can often be very easy to gloss over the positives and instead fixate on less than ideal situations, but the reality is that every job well done deserves some acknowledgement. Recognition is critical to shaping a successful workplace with happy employees who feel appreciated for their work and dedication to the company’s mission. When employees are made aware of their value to their employers and acknowledged, they stay motivated to continue their great work.

However, there are often times that upper management decides that there is no room in the budget for special plaques or monetary bonuses, leaving the HR department to their own devices. There are several tried-and-true ways to let an employee know that they play a crucial role in the company (without having to go overboard with the expense account). After all, a paycheck can always be earned elsewhere — it’s the sense of self-worth and value that a job provides that makes an employee put pride into their work.

4 Ways To ​Recognize Employee Achievement

There are several ways to recognize excellent employee performance on a tight budget by using simple human interactions. These methods will let your co-workers know their importance and will strengthen working relationships in the process.

Here are four approaches that can foster goodwill within your workforce:

  1. Involve employees in company decisions — Anyone who invests their time and effort in their work likes to know that they are valued beyond the daily hours they put into the office. Ask for the opinions of employees when it comes to making a decision that may affect the whole company. It’s best to not do this on a large-scale format, like in a company-wide email, since it can come across as gimmicky. Instead, have management ask around personally and take any feedback seriously. Being genuine with employees can be extremely fulfilling for both parties.
  2. Be flexible with hours — When employees have proven themselves to be valuable assets to the company, they deserve the trust of their employer. To convey trust, give employees the ability to have flexible working schedules when they might need it. Respecting an employee’s personal life from letting them take care of their kids, go to a medical appointment, or even take their car into the shop earns respect in return and helps to develop a relationship that goes beyond the workplace.
  3. Have some fun — Allowing employees to take breaks to socialize can be a great way to relieve any built up workday tension in the office. Hosting an occasional creative or interactive event or game for employees to loosen up with breaks up the monotony of the week and encourages camaraderie — all of which often leads to happier surroundings and increased production.
  4. Praise good work — Perhaps the simplest way to let employees know they are appreciated is by just letting them know. However simple the words “thank you” may seem, it allows the employee to feel less like a piece in a corporate machine and more like the hardworking person that they are. With verbal praise, day-to-day workers can also start to see engaged management as team members with similar goals, rather than bosses to be feared. Encourage management to involve themselves with people at every level of the company, and a happier workplace environment will develop.

Effects Are Mutually Beneficial

It may seem difficult to reward employees without a dedicated or fixed budget, but healthy and happy relationships with employees can be fostered by being genuine. Recognizing employee performance in these ways can lead to a better work experience for employees, as well as increased productivity.

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