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How can you make the world’s best employee motivation technique work for you?
You can discover how to use simple, low-cost techniques for instant improvements in employee performance.
From: Kim Harrison
Dear PR Professional,
Do you think staff morale could be improved in your organization? Could team spirit be better? Do colleagues seem to take a lot of sick days? Do more employees leave your organization than you would normally expect?
Did you know that a lot of these problems can be solved by using the best performance motivator in the world – employee recognition?
You can introduce employee recognition techniques to create better employee performance in your work area and in your organization as a whole – and the results will impress senior management!
The biggest motivator for employees is to be noticed and respected for their contribution at work.
Study after study has shown that what workers want from their jobs is not more benefits or money – it is more recognition for work well done. People tend to think pay is the biggest motivator, but pay rarely corresponds closely to overall satisfaction.
What is employee recognition exactly?
Employee recognition is the timely, informal or formal acknowledgement of a person’s or team’s behavior, effort or business result that supports the organization’s goals and values, and which has clearly been beyond normal expectations.
Praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace. People want to be respected and valued for their contribution. Everyone feels the need to be recognized as an individual or member of a group and to feel a sense of achievement for work well done or even for a valiant effort. Everyone wants a ‘pat on the back’ at some point.
Dr Bob Nelson, one of the most widely read management consultants in the United States, tells me:
He has sold 3 million books on this topic, but he says employee recognition is still one of the least-used techniques in the workplace!
Bob, who is in regular contact with me, says the best way to obtain desired behavior and performance is to systematically find ways to notice, acknowledge, recognize and reward employees.
Remembering to recognize, reward and celebrate…is probably the most under-utilized motivational tool in organizations…So many people get involved in and contribute to changing the way an organization does things that it’s important to share the credit.
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School.
The benefits of employee recognition
Yet employers everywhere are poor at using this positive technique.
You may ask why I’m recommending employee recognition to you. This is why:
Why would you want to get involved in employee recognition? After all, aren’t HR people supposed to run this sort of thing?
Well…at first glance it is an HR role. Traditionally, HR practitioners have run employee recognition programs because recognition is a major component of employee motivation and satisfaction. However…
Employee recognition is a powerful communication tool
Recognition for work well done sends extremely positive signals to the recipient and others who are aware of the act of recognition. Employee recognition is therefore a communication technique to be encouraged by public relations practitioners, who can play a key role in influencing management to use recognition as a performance enhancer in the workplace.
People really don’t work for money. They go to work for it, but once the salary has been established, their concern is appreciation.
- Philip Crosby, international Quality expert
As a result, there is a prime opportunity for you to be a driving force for establishing an employee recognition program.
I learned how to harness the power of employee recognition!
As a public relations practitioner, what would I know about running an employee recognition program? Well, I fell into this area unintentionally and learned for myself how to harness its power.
I was public affairs manager and a member of the executive committee of a power utility in Australia, the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, which constructed the famous Snowy Mountains Scheme. As the huge scheme wasn’t completed until 1974, management teams overlooked giving long service awards because the organization only had a short history.
Long service awards are usually handled by human resources staff, but when the subject was discussed at an executive meeting one day, the HR manager was reluctant to take on the job because of the extra work it would entail. I always enjoy a challenge, so I volunteered to manage the project.
I believe employee issues are vital and didn’t want the issue to be neglected, so I initiated the organization’s first employee recognition program for years of service.
Shortly after, I was recruited to another power utility and had a déjà vu experience - the same lack of recognition for years of service applied there all over again! So once again I volunteered at an executive committee meeting to establish an employee recognition program for years of service.
Managers often tend to overlook the importance to their employees of long service. However, most longstanding employees consider they have invested a major part of their life with their employer and look forward to their due recognition.
Unfortunately, some managers don’t consider years of service to be necessarily an achievement – they think any lazy time-server can receive an award for long service. You have probably seen this attitude for yourself.
But for every time-server there are usually plenty of others who take pride in their career. I was privileged to conduct several focus groups with employees and found they treated recognition with genuine respect, and they proposed very appropriate types of recognition for different lengths of service.
This was the first time in their lives management had sought their opinion on anything, and their response was wonderful! We quickly put together a great framework with excellent employee recognition criteria.
It must have been karma!
When I established my consulting firm, one of my first projects was a successful tender to develop an employee recognition program for a government department as part of their Quality management framework. What’s more, this was a well-paid tender! So my interest in due recognition for employees was about to pay off in generous dollars!
Using my previous firsthand experience, I was able to develop a recognition program for achievements by the department’s staff.
The project required six months of solid work:
All my experience and knowledge gained from this project and from the two earlier ones I have assembled in this ebook on creative ideas for employee recognition. If you are looking for a creative employee recognition idea, here is an abundance!
But don’t just listen to me!
Here is some feedback from readers about this ebook on employee recognition programs and creative ideas for employee recognition:
“I enjoyed the text and believe it should be required reading for people who have had a few years experience
and need a no-nonsense guide to help them broaden their thinking and tap into the management and strategic levels.”
“Through his free flowing and engaging presentational style and use of case studies and detailed check lists, Kim Harrison
has succeeded in providing both a philosophical framework and an invaluable hands-on guide.”
“The ebook really is a great resource, and one that I always recommend.”
“This is just a note of congratulations on your EXCELLENT ebook! …Very impressed with it.”
The results are here in this ebook –
A wealth of practical tips and guidelines!
Employee recognition is a specialized area. It is easy to fall into traps with implementation because there’s not much practical advice available in the marketplace – and most organizations do it badly.
What I give you here can’t easily be found elsewhere. In this ebook I give you the techniques to confidently introduce an employee recognition program. And along with the best-practice principles and guidelines, I provide you with 167 creative ideas and examples of good employee recognition criteria.
Senior management will be most impressed at your expertise in employee recognition!
In this ebook you benefit from my experience gained during actual employee recognition programs, from the good things and the errors, and from my painstaking research. You don’t have to do the hard work. I have done it for you. You can instantly take advantage of all this at a special low cost.
Here’s what you get in this ebook:
A total of 167 no-cost and low-cost creative ideas for recognition programs.
You get all this for only US$19.50!
Why is this great value?
Well, a government department paid me $23,750 for the same information!
In fact, they paid $23,750 for less information! I have expanded the information in this ebook from the report on employee recognition I compiled for that client. My report to them dealt only with their needs. This ebook relates to many different situations and is chock-full of creative ideas for employee recognition – 167 ideas and suggestions altogether!
Here’s proof of the money paid to me by that government department. They paid the contract in installments when agreed milestones were reached in the project. I invoiced these installments as follows:
So, is this ebook value for money? You bet it is!
This ebook gives you an insider’s understanding of how to develop an employee recognition program either in your own area or for the whole organization! You can use this knowledge straight away – instantly!
If you are struggling for an employee recognition idea, here are plenty!
I have based this information on my own practical knowledge gained over 27 years including three actual employee recognition programs PLUS my extensive research of the communication literature in the past 7½ years.
This ebook stays on the point. I don’t waffle. I keep your practical application of this information in my mind the whole way.
This will be great for your career and a big plus for your organization!
That’s not all!
These special bonuses give you even more value!
All this valuable knowledge is available to you for just US$19.50
These three special bonuses give you even more value!
When you buy this ebook on employee recognition, you get the following great bonuses:
These bonuses will help you hit your stride immediately!
As a consultant, my time isn’t cheap. I charge $100 per hour. If you were my client, I would charge you $300 for these bonuses, based on the amount of time it has taken to plan, research, write and edit them, but I’m making them available to you for free as a special offer when you buy my ebook on employee recognition!
Remember, these bonuses (an example employee recognition letter, a template for an employee recognition certificate. and an example of an employee recognition presentation speech) are worth $300. When you apply them you will look like a real professional!
When you buy this ebook for US$19.50 you get all the essential information you need on employee recognition as well as $300 worth of bonuses for free!
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And that’s not all!
You get a 100% money-back guarantee!
You have this genuine 12-month guarantee:
If you are not fully satisfied with this ebook for any reason, just request your money back at any time within 12 months of purchase and I will return your purchase price in full – no questions asked. Well…actually I would very politely enquire why, to help improve the future content.
Why would I take such a risk and possibly let people take advantage of me?
Well, I go by the experience with my book, Strategic Public Relations. People thought my book provided great value for money! From the thousands of sales of my book over the past five years, I have had no requests for refunds – only a couple of requests for credits when books were damaged in the mail!
If you act immediately you will receive these bonuses straightaway. These will make you look really professional.
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PS I believe this offer provides great value and will help your career!
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