Managing people is complicated and challenging, even more so when the people being managed work in more than one location. The challenges created by a distributed workforce extend to more than just logistics. It’s not easy to motivate someone you don’t see face-to-face every day, or monitor someone’s work if you’re not there to see them perform it. Add to this the difficulties of recognizing a job well done or outstanding efforts when people are working in another town or state, and the logistics can quickly snowball into wider morale and productivity issues.
A distributed workforce is usually a diverse workforce, with employees from multiple generations and cultures working together despite different life experiences, work preparation, and career aspirations. WorldatWork’s “How to Reward a Multigenerational and Culturally Diverse Workforce” looks at these global issues. Rewarding and engaging employees is vital to managing highly motivated, high performing work groups. WorldatWork and Globoforce report that strategic recognition programs that are personalized and equitable enable managers to reward employees equitably across locations to motivate and reward them.
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As a leader in employee gift and recognition solutions, gThankYou! makes employee recognition quick and easy. Even companies with employees spread out over large geographical distances can benefit from our free Guide to Workplace Gratitude or our variety of gift certificates including turkey, ham, pizza, groceries, fruits & veggies, pie, or ice cream. Our large-company order system, SLOOP (System for Large Order Online Processing), is an easy way for managers to plan, purchase, and present workplace recognition quickly and cost-effectively.
Rewards and recognition that closely follow the achievement or activity being recognized are most effective. Try distributing pizza certificates when quarterly revenue numbers are published, or including ice cream certificates in employee paychecks close to their birthdays or work anniversaries. WorldatWork also advises rewarding employees frequently and in a timely manner as part of strategic recognition. This creates visibility for recognition efforts, ensures more employees participate and interact with the company’s rewards, and ties the gift to company values and messages.
In “Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works,” Cindy Ventrice agrees with WorldatWork that personalized recognition is important, but that being fair with recognition is equally important. That’s where gThankYou! gift certificates become so valuable with a distributed workforce. They allow easy, frequent recognition in a variety of ways with personalized cards to coordinate any level of recognition program you may have, from basic to strategic.
WorldatWork reports that only targeting the top elite performers with your incentives can have the opposite effect of what’s desired from recognition efforts. To avoid creating an elitist or imperialist culture and use recognition to motivate, encourage, and engage employees and drive improved performance, take GE’s Jack Welch’s cue and be sure to include the middle 80 percent of your employees, especially those in outlying areas where it may be easy to feel disconnected from the central corporate entity.
At gThankYou!, we believe regular giving of Gift Certificates tied to meaningful corporate goals, events, or milestones helps connect and draw in employees from all areas of a distributed workforce. For more suggestions on workplace recognition best practices, please enjoy our FREE Employee Gift- Giving Guide.
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