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151 Quick Ideas to Recognize and Reward Employees

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Most managers understand the importance of giving their employees recognition and rewards, but when it comes to actually doing so, they often come up empty or use outdated, ineffective strategies. 151 Quick Ideas to Recognize and Reward Employees will help managers stock up.

Recognition and rewards are consistently found to be among the most powerful of all motivators for employees at any job level. In fact, when employees are asked to describe their most satisfying experiences at work, they frequently mention situations in which they received recognition and rewards for their performance. And, importantly, when managers are skilled in providing this type of feedback, their employees typically reward them with increased productivity, commitment, and overall performance.

However, just like customers who always order the same old entrée at a restaurant, managers tend to choose the same old kinds of recognition and rewards. Some traditional rewards still work well, of course, but there is always room for new ideas.

151 Quick Ideas to Recognize and Reward Employees offers you the full menu of recognition and reward strategies. It comes with detailed descriptions of the most popular ideas in business, plus others that are destined to become classics. Ideas such as:

• Enriching jobs by giving employees more autonomy and decision-making responsibilities.

• Purchasing personally signed books suited to the potential you see in each employee.

• Awarding special coupons for free gasoline or transportation.

• Hiring a masseuse to rub out stiff necks and backs.

• Making your employees more invested by offering profit-sharing.

• Plus many free or low-cost rewards.

Included with each of the 151 strategies is an “assignment” that you can use as a roadmap to bring the idea to life.

Ken Lloyd, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized consultant, author, and newspaper columnist based in Encino, California. He has consulted in a wide range of industries, and his workplace advice column runs in newspapers across the United States. He has authored and coauthored six books and an award-winning business film. He is a frequent television and talk-radio guest who has appeared on “Good Morning America,” CNN, NPR, and Fox Morning News

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. How to Use This Book
  6. 1. Use Your Words
  7. 2. Set the Tone
  8. 3. Drop on By
  9. 4. Let’s Get Formal
  10. 5. The Riches of Enrichment
  11. 6. Nothing Like a Good Book
  12. 7. The Art of Articles
  13. 8. Turning the Corner
  14. 9. Subscription Recognition
  15. 10. What’s Right Is Write
  16. 11. E-mail for Excellence
  17. 12. Going Virtually Wide
  18. 13. Go for the Green
  19. 14. Cards Online
  20. 15. Cards Offline
  21. 16. Take a Break
  22. 17. Now Hear This
  23. 18. A Touch of Class
  24. 19. The Rewards of Teaching
  25. 20. Certified and Bona Fide Leaders
  26. 21. Good Points
  27. 22. Take Care of Yourself
  28. 23. Primo Parking
  29. 24. Promotional Opportunities
  30. 25. Keep Your Eye on the Wall
  31. 26. A Polished Reward
  32. 27. What’s Cooking?
  33. 28. Perfect for the Wall or Desk 41
  34. 29. Special Silly Trophies
  35. 30. On the Spot
  36. 31. Table for Two
  37. 32. Be a Sport
  38. 33. See a Sport
  39. 34. For the Sports
  40. 35. A Great Pad
  41. 36. Let’s Do Lunch Here
  42. 37. Let’s Do Lunch There
  43. 38. It’s a Gas
  44. 39. The Rewards of Carpooling
  45. 40. Entertaining Ideas
  46. 41. Try This on for Size
  47. 42. Greetings and Salutations
  48. 43. Stamps of Approval
  49. 44. A Message From the President
  50. 45. Hot Wheels
  51. 46. I See Your Performance and I Raise You
  52. 47. Recognizing Your Employees and More
  53. 48. Here’s a Suggestion
  54. 49. Post the Good Words
  55. 50. A New Newsletter
  56. 51. Stop the Presses
  57. 52. Add Recognition With Ads
  58. 53. Use Your Headlines
  59. 54. Executive Dining
  60. 55. Peer-to-Peer
  61. 56. Happy Anniversary
  62. 57. Savvy About Sabbaticals
  63. 58. When Opportunity Knocks
  64. 59. Knocking Around for Opportunities
  65. 60. The Employees Are Entitled
  66. 61. Featured Employees
  67. 62. Significant Others
  68. 63. Holiday Happenings
  69. 64. Give the Employees a Hand, Literally
  70. 65. Give Your Employees a Hand, Figuratively
  71. 66. It’s About Time
  72. 67. Go for the Goal
  73. 68. Let’s Do Lunch
  74. 69. Bottled-Up Rewards
  75. 70. Surveys Serve All
  76. 71. The Value of Video
  77. 72. Rewards for Referrals
  78. 73. Mentors Mean More
  79. 74. Creative Teams
  80. 75. Pre-hire Presence
  81. 76. Flower Power
  82. 77. In the Employee’s Name
  83. 78. Early to Close
  84. 79. Coffee, Tea, and Treats
  85. 80. Degrees of Freedom
  86. 81. Day Care for the Little Ones
  87. 82. Convenience of a Concierge
  88. 83. Getting in Shape
  89. 84. Voluntary Recognition
  90. 85. Win That Vacation
  91. 86. The Field Trip
  92. 87. Side-by-Side With Topsiders
  93. 88. In Association With
  94. 89. Happy Birthday
  95. 90. Cash in Hand
  96. 91. In Focus
  97. 92. Just for You
  98. 93. Discounts Count
  99. 94. Hail With the Chief
  100. 95. Looking Down the Road
  101. 96. Cards Talk
  102. 97. Make Things Pop With Balloons
  103. 98. Guru for a Day
  104. 99. Employee of the Month
  105. 100. Employee of the Year
  106. 101. Proven Improvement
  107. 102. Outside Input
  108. 103. The Message of the Massage
  109. 104. Meditate About This
  110. 105. Ergonomically Speaking
  111. 106. Feng Shui Today
  112. 107. In and About the Office
  113. 108. Artful Management
  114. 109. A Little Shut-Eye
  115. 110. Taken for a Ride
  116. 111. Name Recognition
  117. 112. For All to See
  118. 113. It’s That Time of the Yearbook
  119. 114. On the Road
  120. 115. In Cool Companies
  121. 116. Technically Speaking
  122. 117. It’s About Time
  123. 118. For Sparkling Performance
  124. 119. Treats and Eats
  125. 120. One-on-One With a Pro
  126. 121. Your Grab Bag
  127. 122. Take Training Personally
  128. 123. It’s a Picnic
  129. 124. Retreat and Recharge
  130. 125. Time-Released Recognition
  131. 126. Stress Relief
  132. 127. Strike a Pose
  133. 128. Deep-Rooted Forms of Recognition
  134. 129. Please Pass the Recognition
  135. 130. Amusing Outings
  136. 131. How Random
  137. 132. A Basket of Recognition
  138. 133. Significant Assignments
  139. 134. For the New Hires
  140. 135. A Good Sign
  141. 136. It’s Your Day
  142. 137. The Rewards of Retirement Plans
  143. 138. Bonus Time
  144. 139. Other Options
  145. 140. Your Talented Team
  146. 141. The Awards Banquet
  147. 142. Great Saves
  148. 143. A Word of Advice
  149. 144. While You Were Out
  150. 145. A True Open Door Policy
  151. 146. Let’s Get Oriented
  152. 147. The Sky’s the Limit
  153. 148. Lateral Moves
  154. 149. 360 Degrees of Freedom
  155. 150. Recipe for Success
  156. 151. The Best Rewards
  157. Index
  158. About the Author