We’ve gotten used to getting perks and special recognitions since school.
Though the goal is to reward achievement, programs like an “Employee of the Month” award may cause friction amongst your staffers, according to a recent Inc.article by Jeff Haden.
“You care about your employees,” Haden wrote. “You have their best interests at heart. So you put programs or practices in place to reward them or make their work lives better. Your intentions are good. But your efforts may not have the effect you intend.”
Haden listed the following four management programs to steer away from and offered more-productive alternatives.
Employee of the Month “Instead of waiting till the end of the month, spend time every day trying to catch employees-”even your poorest performers-”doing good things,” Haden wrote. “Recognizing effort and achievement is self-reinforcing. When you do a better job of recognizing your employees they tend to perform better-”especially when you do it frequently.”
Assigned Parking Spots “All assigned parking spots do is create artificial distinctions for arbitrary and often self-serving criteria,” he wrote. “If you’ve ever said, ‘Every employee is important,’ assigned parking spots say you don’t really mean it.”
“Optional” Social Events “Some people just don’t want to socialize outside work,” Haden wrote. “When you make it seem they should attend, what you may have hoped would be intended a fun get-together is anything but.”
Peer and Self-Evaluations “You’re the boss,” he wrote. “Know your employees’ performance. That’s your job-”not theirs.”
To read the complete Inc. article, click here.