A shortage of kudos

The recent economy downturn has employers looking for more creative ways than a monetary bonus to recognize employees, says Gene White, Columbus area branch manager for OfficeTeam, a staffing firm for administrative professionals.

When it comes to rewarding a job well-done, in fact, businesses give themselves only passing grades.

Just 64 percent of respondents in an executive survey last year 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 and conducted by an independent research firm. The poll includes responses from 150 executives with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

Liz Hubler, OfficeTeam executive director, says not all forms of recognition are expensive or difficult to plan. She and White offer 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.

* Think creatively. If you are limited in your ability to offer salary increases or bonuses, consider 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 it to 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. Rewarding employees frequently builds a positive work environment. How to reach: Gene White, OfficeTeam, 848-8326 or [email protected]