We have previously mentioned how important it is to recognise your employees for their hard work as this helps encourage staff motivation and engagement which leads to retaining talent and a lower staff turnover, along with a more productive workforce.

We know that each employee is different and motivated by different things so it means that some employees will choose to be recognised in different ways to others.

In this blog post we have put together a few suggestions to help you recognise your employees however you do first need to understand what motivates them to provide the right recognition strategy, this can be completed through our Motivational Map tool.

Recognise Employees Visibly

One of the easiest and most effective ways to recognise your employees for a job well done is to visibly congratulate or thank them. By doing this you ensure the employee feels recognised, while showing their colleagues that good work is recognised. This can be done through announcements or thanking them in a team meeting. All of these visible recognitions are free, easy and extremely effective when done in the right way to the right person.

Recognise Employees with Time Off

A brilliant no-cost way to recognise staff for putting in the extra effort is to offer them time off; this could be a chance to go home early on Friday or a day off in the future at a time of their choice. This will show employees that you not only recognise their hard work, but also recognise the importance of a healthy work-life balance.

Recognise Employees with Information

Often employees will be pleased to hear that they are being recognised for doing a good job, but why not share the information with them of what their hard work has achieved? For example, if they have managed to save a client discuss how much money that has gained for the business, or where a customer has publicly shared how pleased they were with the service from your employee. By giving your employees information you are showing them trust but you are also showing them how they are involved in the bigger picture of your business.


Some other ways might include; Regular feedback for employees, involvement in organising team events, training and development and extra responsibility, again ensuring the right reward is matched to the right motivational preference.

If you would like to understand what motivates your employees and so enabling you to understand reward strategies to support these motivations, this will ensure you have more engaged employees which will in turn be more productive. For more information on Motivational Maps please contact us for an initial conversation?