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Rewards programs shift focus from presence to productivity

Many individuals think the way to get ahead in their careers is less about the effort and time they put in, and more about making sure their faces and names are recognized by senior personnel.

Many individuals think the way to get ahead in their careers is less about the effort and time they put in, and more about making sure their faces and names are recognized by senior personnel.

However, this mindset can set back businesses' growth and capacity for innovation. Fortunately, many firms are finding success in changing this misconstrued perspective through the use of reward and recognition programs.

These initiatives help managers refocus staff members' attention on results rather than facetime by offering a way to measure both individual and team performances, Harvard Business Review (HBR) explains. This switches the goal for employees from hours logged in the office or spent networking to project performance.

Additionally, businesses may want to get workers' opinions on how to best boost motivation. One suggestion from the news source is to hold town hall meetings. "After a town hall, leadership posted the problems employees raised on the company's intranet site along with action steps to resolve them," HBR writes.

Communication is key to the success of incentive programs. Firms will want to explain clearly why they are being used, to what purpose and what is expected of staff members.

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