In this world of cut backs, monitary compensations for a job well done are pretty much nil. But recognition of a staff's extra efforts and dedication is the next best thing. It is amazing what the simple every day words..."Thank you, or Good Job", can do for the esteem. When staff begins to feel neglected and used, it shows and others pay the high price. By keeping lines of communication open and staff CONFIDENTIALITY, it assures trust and fellowship. The team really does reflect it's leader.
The "awards" or acknowledgments should not be condescending..."here is a lolli-pop for picking up your room". It should be geared to the improvement of each staff members own performance. Goals set, even if one is not the over-achiever of the team, but still puts the effort and dedication toward their work every day, should not get lost in the giving of recognition. "Prizes, awards, treats, etc." can also be given to team units as a whole, to maintain kinship and detract from competitive do-gooders.
As leaders, we sometimes have personality cliques or clashes with some staff, but that aside each staff should be treated based on job performance and their idividuality. One staff member may be the "apple of your eye", but the one that makes you scratch your eye's out, may be the one that makes a difference elsewhere in the facility. Personalities vary allowing for a broad spectrum of ways to show appreciation and acknowledge of good jobs done.
I applaud you MEG4 for caring and trying to keep moral up with your staff. Wish my DON did the same!
In staff meetings, a time could be set for recognition of performance. Categories of monthly achievments can be pronounced with 'certificates of award', doing weekly or monthly parking awards, (this is where the one acknowledged gets to park in the highly sought after parking space..closest to the building), a communal gift box that each employee donates a gift (homemade craft or $5.00 gift)that can be a source of prizes given, making sure the person receiving the gift isn't getting the gift they donated
. Special deed awards...for doing something above and beyond expectation. If a resident or patient remarks about a staff members talents or job well done...resident kudos award..etc.
The main thing is that as leaders you care for your team and encourage a positive working environment. Everyone is rewarded with that!
[This message has been edited by Jo_deye_yuh (edited July 28, 2000).]