I had a boss once who said that the results of an employee job satisfaction survey indicated that she had a new responsibility: Make sure her employees were happy! That was a much oversimplified synopsis of the managers’ meeting, but it was in spirit true. Employees had responded to the survey that they were not satisfied. Job satisfaction has many different components. Each individual places more weight on one aspect than their counterparts. It might be more important to one employee to have a position of power and have promotion potential. Someone else might focus on the benefits or job security.
Surprisingly, or not, as many as 25% of good employees leave their jobs because of lack of satisfaction and recognition. I want to be sure to place the emphasis on the word “good”. We all know those disgruntled employees who are never satisfied with anything. It’s not surprising when they leave and claim lack of satisfaction and recognition. However, we should be very surprised and concerned when those “good” ones leave.
Sam Walton said, “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it is amazing what they can accomplish.”
We should all be outstanding leaders! Recognizing good performance should be second nature. I’m not talking about having a party because someone showed up to work today. I’m talking about sincerely thanking an employee for doing a good job. Acknowledging them for completing a task ahead of schedule at the next staff meeting. Praising them for coming in under budget.
Nothing motivates a great employee like recognition. Celebrate those successes. Behaviors that are reinforced are repeated! Boost their self-esteem! Recognizing employees for their efforts will go a long way to adding to their job satisfaction and will help you keep those “good” employees around a lot longer.
Recognition and accolades have been craved and appreciated over the centuries.
In the 1700’s “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.” Napoleon Bonaparte
In the 1800’s: “I can live for two months on one good compliment!” Mark Twain
In the 1900’s: “I have learned to imagine an invisible sign around each person’s neck that says, ‘Make me feel IMPORTANT!’” Mary Kay Ash of Mary Kay Cosmetics
In the 2000’s: “I’ve always been a sucker for attention!” Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Recognition is very important, and we all thrive in the midst of it. Make a commitment today to create that positive atmosphere in your office whether you are the official leader or the leader in training!