Running out of employee recognition ideas? Try asking your staff to tell you what they want - and I'm not talking about stuff or trips. In fact, it could mean more autonomy on the job, a chance to participate on more teams, or overseeing the work of others, for example.
Of these choices, which would members of your staff prefer?
In a recent poll, we asked job seekers just that.
1. Challenging and Autonomous Work
Surprisingly, the majority voted for "Challenging and Autonomous Work" (52 percent). These folks are looking to get their work done without much interference or over-the-shoulder peering from others.
"One thing no one needs is to be micro-managed," says Mitch Young via Facebook comments.
2. Working as Part of a Collaborative Team
Coming in at a close second, 41 percent of the group said they would like working as part of a "Collaborative Team" the best, where they can bounce ideas off of others and work together to achieve common goals.
3. Overseeing the Work of Others
Only 7 percent said they'd want to "Oversee the Work of Others" - a rather unpopular choice in our poll.
Ask Your Employees
Although this poll just skims the surface of work preferences, it would be an easy one to ask your staff - and then, offer these opportunities on the job. After all, employees enjoy a wide range of recognition programs - why not reward them by giving them what they truly want on a day-to-day basis, boosting morale and improving your company's productivity. In this case, everyone wins.
Job Market Realities
Finally, as you recruit new hires, let it be said that many job seekers would be happy to just find a decent, fairly secure job that pays the bills and helps to take care of their family. Gail Biggi noted via Facebook that "a bigger paycheck and medical insurance" would suffice.
Keeping in touch with what's going on with your staff is a great way to boost morale and learn how you can recognize employees in more meaningful ways.