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Overcoming early obstacles by inspiring employees to take action

Reward and recognition programs can be effective at keeping staff members moving down the correct path by providing clear signals about expected behavior.

While striving to increase employee engagement, companies may find themselves facing a familiar situation. After months of careful planning, a new initiative is ready to bring increased morale and excitement to the staff, only to have it launch with little impact on staff behavior.

The early stages of a major program are essential to its eventual success. Employees may be energized by the potential for change and new, more effective business practices. However, as progress becomes difficult they often quickly resort back to old, familiar ways of doing things. Reward and recognition programs can be effective at keeping staff members moving down the correct path by providing clear signals about expected behavior.

GreenBiz.com reports that all successful leaders inspire action from their followers. After all the planning is done and the support systems are in place, companies still need to get their employees to act. By rewarding early successes, companies can inspire more workers to take part in the cultural shift undergoing in the company. Taking the time to recognize people publicly sends a message to the entire organization and can help create a positive environment for change.

Creating an environment that embraces change helps businesses become more agile and responsive to market conditions. Forbes notes that the right attitude among staff members can make a big difference in engagement levels and overall productivity. Encouraging people to take action and create innovative solutions allows the company to rely on more grassroots initiatives that boost firms' ability to overcome challenges.

Once the right company culture is in place future employee reward and recognition programs will have a greater effect. Workers will be ready to launch new initiatives with the energy needed to overcome early obstacles, which makes it possible to continually adapt to new market conditions.

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