Fitness First’s HR guru says reward programs can help develop great workplace behaviours.
Recognising and rewarding your employees for their workplace performance can go a long way to stimulate morale and drive employee engagement.
The key elements of a successful employee Reward & Recognition Program is one that supports both the commercial and culture goals of an organisation so that it drives the right behaviours required to move your business forward whilst building engagement within your team, says Sarah Sammut, Head of Human Resources with Fitness First.
Sammut, who was a judge at last year’s National HR Awards, says such programs should be made up of a combination of monetary and non monetary rewards, and those rewards should cater for different roles and individual preference
She says it also imperative that such programs are well communicated to teams, with emphasis on the criteria and process, in good time so employees are able to achieve them.
“Rewarding and recognising your staff will help ingrain the behaviours, culture and performance which are of most importance in your organisation when achieving your strategic outcomes,” Sammut told HC Online.
“Staff feel encouraged to aim higher as they are given appreciation for the work they complete,” she says, adding “These programs lead to higher performance outcomes and greater engagement.”
Sammut says the decision to base workplace recognition awards on monetary or non-monetary outcomes is up to the individual preference of the organisation.
“There are companies which specialise in offering a whole online shopping suite of monetary rewards to choose from for non-monetary rewards,” Sammut says.
She says some examples of non-monetary rewards could be: