Performance recognition - a great motivator

No doubt you want the best workers in the marketplace. Many are already part of your corporate family, but what are you doing to keep them happy?

Talented employees may stay with a company for years or continually seek out opportunities and leave after a short while. The question is how can you ensure your best employees stay?

Recognising achievements and performance

How your organisation embraces recognition and engagement is vital. Particularly with today’s millennials and Gen Z workers, these employees find recognition of their work highly motivating. This should be something your organisation strives to achieve throughout every department. As HR expert Susan Heathfield says, ''As a manager or supervisor, your impact on employee motivation is immeasurable.''(1)

By making it clear you have recognised outstanding performance or consistently reliable effort, you create a hard working workplace with a high level of engagement. However if your managers fail to be encouraging daily, you’ll see motivation drop and loyalty wavering.


It can be a downward spiral that can drastically hurt morale and your employer brand. Reward and recognition programs more than pay for themselves so consider appropriate resources for them.

Are your workers’ skills aligned to their jobs?

An important way of keeping your workforce engaged is making sure workers feel accomplished in their roles. New hires expect employers to appropriately use their skills, but that doesn’t always happen.

It’s vital to develop a sense of achievement among your employees, and by putting their skills to work will ensure this happens. If managers ignore this important consideration it can lead to their team to feeling inadequate and unengaged.

Organisations need to frequently assess the capabilities of their employees and the work they complete. Considering the fast pace in which workplaces are evolving today, driven largely by digital transformation, you may be at risk of losing the interest of your workers. However, when stimulated and properly challenged in their daily routine, they will perform at a higher level and engagement will improve too.

To find out more take a look at our performance and appraisal cycle advise on workpocket world.


(1) Susan M. Heathfield, ''Tips for the leader about employee motivation'', internet,

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Lee Harris - Executive Recruitment Consultant