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Use employee personalities to shape incentives programs

Workers are a company's greatest assets - they drive results and are the literal face of the business to clients and customers.

Workers are a company's greatest assets – they drive results and are the literal face of the business to clients and customers. As such, firms will not want to ignore employee recognition.

Determining how to do so can be difficult, though. One suggestion for companies is to acknowledge staff members' efforts in ways that they prefer, Business 2 Community advises. This can daunting for large institutions, but in action can be fairly simple.

"It can be more quirky, like a mug or shirt saying 'Best Coder of Q1 2012,'" the source explains. "It may not even involve awards at all – it may be a matter of trusting them with even the worst news about their company. Show them how they, as individuals, are valued and they’ll be loyal to the end."

Taking into account individual personalities will also help workers feel like they matter to the company and are adding something of irreplaceable value to operations. Furthermore, if employees feel as if they're a contributor to the success of the firm, they will be freer to innovate and go above and beyond.

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