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Employees have different values and motivations

Worker engagement is a key idea circulating among companies hoping to boost productivity and revenue.

Worker engagement is a key idea circulating among companies hoping to boost productivity and revenue. To achieve this ephemeral goal, more businesses are turning to employee reward programs.

These initiatives seek to recognize hardworking staff members for a job well done or other milestones. However, when implementing such programs, firms will want to diversify their rewards, keeping in mind that what workers value differs from person-to-person.

There are a number of ways companies can assess the proper rewards to offer employees. One of the best methods for doing so is asking them outright, Ed Lawler, professor of business at University of Southern California, writes for the Huffington Post.

Usually, people have a high level of understanding of what they desire and what inspires them to work harder. But firms should be careful, as some employees may feel the need to give a politically correct response and answer the way they believe would please senior personnel.

Staff members may feel more comfortable expressing their desires in a written manner rather than face-to-face. Surveys and response boxes can help companies facilitate this goal.

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