Why Employee Appreciation Matters

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-27-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    There are all kinds of ways—both good and bad—to show appreciation for your IT employees. Find out how to avoid giving rewards that send the wrong message.
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    66% of the workers surveyed said they'd likely leave their employer if they didn't feel appreciated, up from 51% who felt this way in 2012.
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    54% of the senior managers surveyed believe it's common for employees to quit a job due to a lack of recognition.
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    Great Appreciation: Hot Wheels
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    Great Appreciation: Hot Wheels

    One employee was awarded a new car.
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    Another was given an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica.
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    Great Appreciation: Play Ball!
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    Great Appreciation: Play Ball!

    One worker was awarded baseball playoff tickets—behind home plate.
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    Another was flown to corporate headquarters to receive a plaque.
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    "You Shouldn't Have": Expiration Date

    An employee received a gift certificate that was already expired.
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    "You Shouldn't Have": Pennies Saved

    Another received a 3 cent raise.
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    "You Shouldn't Have": Out of Fashion

    One worker was "awarded" a jacket that was too short, with sleeves that were too long.
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    "You Shouldn't Have": Crumby Concept

    Another received a loaf of bread.
 

Given the severe shortage of technology talent, CIOs can't underestimate the value of demonstrating appreciation for their staffers' good work. In fact, a growing number of employees said they are likely to quit a job if they don't feel appreciated, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. Fortunately, most senior managers recognize this need. How they express their gratitude, however, can fall within the classic categories of good, bad and downright ugly, as highlighted in the real-life examples compiled by OfficeTeam. Examples of "great appreciation" that we're including here indicate that many companies are willing to put their hearts—if not a large chunk of cash—into these efforts. But in our "you shouldn't have" examples (i.e., bad and ugly gestures), employees are stuck with useless gift certificates, piddling raises and ill-fitting additions to their wardrobe. The upshot: Give as you would like to receive—even if it doesn't involve budget funding. "All professionals like to be acknowledged for their contributions, and not just once or twice a year," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "While monetary rewards are always crowd-pleasers, companies don't need to spend a lot to show appreciation to their workers. Regular praise and even tokens of gratitude can go a long way." More than 750 workers and 600 senior managers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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