I have mixed feelings when I walk into a small business and see an “Employee of the Week” sign. On the one hand, I want to commend the owners for recognizing their stellar employees. But on the other, I’m hoping that the culture of appreciation goes a little deeper.
The one-on-one nature of many employer/employee relationships today provides an excellent opportunity to sustain a culture in which employees are consistently and thoughtfully recognized. If done correctly, your people will be more likely to outstay and outperform their counterparts in similar organizations.
Creating such an environment, however, requires a multi-pronged approach that touches many components of the employee experience. For how-tos, please have a look at my post on the AMEX Open Forum blog.