Trapped in the Busy Snare?

Burning the candle at both ends

Some time ago, an opinion article was circling around the Twitterverse from New York Times writer Tim Kreider discussing how “busy” people seem to be these days. The piece is quick to get the point:

It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.

While it may be physically impossible to insert extra time into your employee’s day, try to take a moment out of YOUR day and appreciate all the little things that your co-workers do for you. Whether its remembering to turn the coffee pot on in the morning, shutting the blinds at night, or just plain doing their jobs well, acknowledgement does wonders in making the work environment a little less “busy” and a lot more productive.

(Oh, and we love the Richard Scarry reference buried in the middle of the article!)

You can find a link to the full article here.

The Wonders of a Virtual Handshake

presence in social media can create a very engaged employee baseAs people use social media more and more in their daily interactions with clients, vendors and co-workers, the use online recognition programs has skyrocketed to a whopping 66% of 86% of all U.S. organizations that have a recognition program in place according to WorldatWork‘s 2011 “Trends in Employee Recognition Survey.”

Knowing your workforce is key as “e-recognition also fits certain environments better than others” states Kathleen Koster of Employee Benefits News. If your company has several satellite offices or an employee base peppered about the globe, online recognition is the easiest way to keep engagement high. Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are accessible at any time and are already somewhat familiar to your staff. A simple tweet in thanks for a job well done from your superior goes a long way in the face of recognition. In addition, it is easier for co-workers on the same level to publicly acknowledge each other.

The most engaged workforces tend to use a combination of traditional award programs and online. A virtual pat on the back is no substitute for a physical reward for 20 years of service! Allow Royal Recognition to customize an on the spot and peer-to-peer program built to your company’s needs. Paired with our world-class service award programs we offer a complete online engagement solution created for specifically for you. To find out more, contact sales@royalrec.com.

Keeping Employee Motivation Momentum

Say you have a luncheon where you recognize your employees for their loyalty and hard work throughout the year and their career.  You know the employees enjoy the event and appreciate knowing that their hard work has contributed to the success of the company.  But, what happens after the experience is no longer fresh in their minds and they go back to their daily routine?

Keeping employees motivated throughout the year is an important goal. Did the company implement a new strategic plan for success?  Has the economic environment caused the company to implement more aggressive targets? Or is everything just clicking along perfectly? Take the opportunity to share your appreciation in a motivational letter any time of the year!

A company-wide memo expressing your gratitude can help you achieve many things.  You have an opportunity to convey new strategies or targets and explain reasons for implementation.  By being up front and honest with employees regarding changes in business strategy, they feel integral to the success of the company.  Because they were included, you’ve proven how important every employee is to making a strategic plan work, and will further their drive to be an active participant in the future success of the company.

Combining traditional employee recognition programs with a strong communicative approach can tie everything together and create an environment where your employees feel appreciated and satisfied with their work.

Measuring Morale and Motivating Employees

No doubt, motivated employees perform stronger and produce more which leads to a healthier bottom line for everyone at a business. But, how do you measure whether or not you have motivated employees?  And how do you know what “exactly” motivates a particular individual? According to an article posted at EHow Money, the simplest way to learn where your employees are at with their morale and what will help get them super motivated, is to just ask! Survey employees at least yearly to find out what will make them work harder. It is important to ask because there are clearly different motivators for different generations.  Besides being motivated by different things, individuals will prefer to receive feedback in varying ways. Again, asking questions is always the best policy to learn what your employees prefer. No matter what method employees prefer to receive feedback, they universally need to know where they are at towards their work goals and be recognized for their contributions. Employee recognition programs offer an opportunity for employers to reward a job well done and let employees know they are on target. Taking into consideration that different generations and people are motivated in many diverse ways, having an employee choice recognition program can be the answer you seek to motivate your employees. Royal Recognition, Inc. can work with you to create a rewards program that will be the perfect fit for your company and your employees. Recognizing individuals for a job well done will reward you with loyal employees who feel valued and contribute their best to the organization.

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