Executive Survey Shows Room for Improvement in Employee Recognition Practices

MENLO PARK, CA -- When it comes to rewarding a job well-done, today's businesses give themselves only passing grades. Just 64 percent of respondents in a recent executive survey said companies are effective in acknowledging top performers. More than one-third (35 percent) said current efforts to recognize staff are inadequate.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing firm for administrative professionals, and conducted by an independent research firm. The poll includes responses from 150 executives with the nation's 1,000 largest companies.

Executives were asked: "How effective or ineffective are businesses today in rewarding their employees for good performance?"

Very effective 4%
Somewhat effective 60%
Somewhat ineffective 33%
Very ineffective 2%
Don't know/no answer 1%


"Rewarding strong performers is a smart business strategy in any hiring environment," said Liz Hubler, OfficeTeam executive director. "By recognizing outstanding results, managers motivate employees to achieve greater productivity while also reinforcing behavior they want others to emulate."

Hubler notes that not all forms of recognition are expensive or difficult to plan. She offers the following tips:

  • Remember the power of "thank you." The next time employees do a great job, don't assume they know you appreciate it. Acknowledging their hard work is a powerful motivational tool. 
  • Think creatively. If you are limited in your ability to offer salary increases or bonuses, consider less expensive rewards such as extra days off, recognition during a staff meeting or a mention in the company newsletter.
  • Put it in writing. If someone in another department pitches in on a critical task, express your appreciation via e-mail and copy the employee's supervisor.
  • Celebrate often. Don't limit your recognition to predictable dates or occasions, such as once a quarter or at the conclusion of major projects. Reward employees as often as they deserve it; doing so frequently will continue to build a positive work environment.  

OfficeTeam is a leading staffing firm for administrative professionals and offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com. There are more than 300 OfficeTeam locations worldwide.

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