Ideas for Employee Recognition

December 15, 2017 | Linda Barner

Photo of valued Mission Fed employees.

As an employer, you want your employees to do their best work. You rely on them to keep things running smoothly and efficiently day-to-day. Your success depends on it! That’s why it’s important you make sure your employees see their hard work acknowledged. If you want to know how to motivate employees, show them they matter to you and to the company! All of us want to feel appreciated, so do what you can to reward your employees’ efforts and dedication.

How to incorporate employee recognition

Employee recognition doesn’t need to be heavy-handed–even small displays of appreciation are meaningful. Consider honoring one or multiple employees each month for leadership, teamwork, exemplary performance or going the extra mile. One caveat: for this to motivate employees, you need to be very clear about what you’re recognizing the employee for. Otherwise, the praise could feel meaningless or insincere. Even offering weekly shout-outs to employees for giving support to coworkers or working hard to help a customer can be great for employee motivation.

If you have the budget, other ways to reward employees might be to provide a monthly catered lunch, or bring in perks like a coffee cart. You might even offer an employee night at the movies or at a local bowling alley. Social events create camaraderie among colleagues and help teams work better together. Don’t have a big budget? Bring in doughnuts or some other treat that can make a sweet impact. Treating your employees well lets your employees know you’re thinking of them. By creating a positive and enjoyable work environment, you’ll see employee satisfaction and motivation grow, which leads to better work and higher productivity.

Show employees you want to help them succeed

When you invest in your employees, you’re showing them they’re important to you. If you want to motivate employees to do their best work, demonstrate how you’ll help support their growth. Companies that provide opportunities for employees to continue learning and developing their skills find overall employee satisfaction and motivation increases. If employees know they have opportunities to grow in their careers, they’re willing to put more effort into their work. When you support employee growth, you’re simultaneously supporting the growth of your company.

At Mission Federal Credit Union, we work hard for our members, but we understand, we have to work hard for our employees, too. Our employees are instrumental in serving our members, and our Mission Fed Family can’t succeed without them. We believe it’s vital to create a company culture where employees see that they’re valued and supported, and we’ve seen the rewards of creating that environment. Take it from us–recognize your employees and you’ll see the benefits for your business.

And if you’re looking for a new career, we’d love to speak with you. Review our open positions anytime online–and apply in a few clicks!

The content provided in this blog consists of the opinions and ideas of the author alone and should be used for informational purposes only. Mission Federal Credit Union disclaims any liability for decisions you make based on the information provided. References to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name in this article by Mission Federal Credit Union is for the information and convenience of its readers and does not constitute endorsement, control or warranty by Mission Federal Credit Union.

Linda Barner

Linda Barner

Linda Barner is VP Human Resources at Mission Federal Credit Union where she oversees the human resources and training and development functions. In addition to having over 20 years of experience in HR, Linda is a dedicated lifelong learner. She feels very fortunate to have found the perfect career for herself, because “professional student” does not pay the bills.

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