Leadership Blog

Feb 12, 2024

Your Leadership Link by Cullen S. Gibson, Vice President


Things You Can offer Employees That are Better than a Raise


number two

Recognition for Work Well Done


Numerous global studies consistently indicate that a significant portion of individuals resign from their jobs due to a lack of perceived appreciation. To gauge employee recognition, leaders need to inquire about how they feel acknowledged. If responses include sentiments like “You acknowledge my contributions” or “You express gratitude frequently,” it suggests effective recognition practices. However, if employees respond with a blank stare and merely mention their paycheck, there might be room for improvement in the rewards system.

While some employees may seek praise and accolades, others may find tangible gestures, such as a day off or new opportunities, more meaningful. Understanding employees on a personal level is crucial for identifying the types of appreciation that motivate them most effectively.

Here are examples of highly effective recognition strategies:

  • Publicly presenting an award among peers.
  • Providing a plaque for display.
  • Conveying written gratitude from a supervisor.
  • Sending a note to the employee’s direct supervisor praising their excellent performance.
  • Offering frequent verbal acknowledgment or “pats on the back.”
  • Actively listening and implementing employee suggestions.
  • Involving employees in “cutting-edge” projects.
  • Granting a day off.
  • Expressing praise in front of an employee’s family.
  • Allowing employees to collaborate with colleagues from other departments.
  • Inviting employees to serve on committees.
  • Changing job titles to reflect accomplishments.
  • Providing flexibility in work schedules.
  • Granting more freedom or autonomy.
  • Supporting continuing education opportunities.


Make this a momentous week!

This series been derived from the book “Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay” authored by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans.