Hiring Wisdom: Workplace Recognition = Better Employee Retention

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As I’ve written here before, all of us are trained from childhood to be recognition-addicts (and we still are because we’re really those same little kids just in grown up bodies now).

That’s why recognition is such a powerful employee retention technique.

Using all of these types of recognition, both formally (in meetings) and informally (passing in the hall) will keep your best people motivated and on-board:

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  • Peer-to-peer;
  • Team-based;
  • Event-based (employment anniversaries, birthdays, etc.);
  • Results-based (for outstanding performance);
  • Social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.).

One caveat: Recognize people the way they want to be recognized. For instance, some would be embarrassed to be the center of attention in a group setting and would prefer to be recognized privately.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.


1 Comment on “Hiring Wisdom: Workplace Recognition = Better Employee Retention

  1. Recognition is a major factor in lowering turnover. I like how you noted the way you recognize employees is just as important because not all employees respond to the same type of recognition. The best scenario is giving employees small rewards, that accumulate over time, which they can exchange for the gift of their choice. These rewards, called micro-bonuses, might change the face of previous recognition systems which have proven defunct. Learn more about it here: http://blog.bonus.ly/anyone-appreciate-micro-bonus/

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