|Question for LJ Brain Trust
||[Jun. 14th, 2010|03:00 pm]
Lucky me, I'm on our internal team to review and revamp our recognition program here at work.
While yes, the whole gist of my input will be that it doesn't have to be a "thing" -- a gift, money, whatever -- as the most valuable reward to administer is to just let people know that they're appreciated, let them know that you know they've worked hard/improved/whatever, and that you let other people that person X is doing a good job/had a good idea. Give people credit for their good ideas, etc.
But still, they'll want to have some kind of material component. And the problem I have here is that the only "thing" that really has meaning for me is paid time off. Give me a an extra half day of PTO and I'm one happy camper -- you've recognized that I deserve to be rewarded and you're rewarding me with the thing I value most.
But I am a technical Baby Boomer, who actually tests out as a Gen-X'er, and has some very strange time-consuming hobbies. And my idea of office decor is not motivational posters or crap that has my name engraved on it. I'm looking at a dead cicada, a stuffed Salmonella, a plastic flamingo, a fossilized trilobite, a small rubber chicken and a brass plate from the Yarmouth zoo that says "This animal is DANGEROUS. Please do not feed or disturb". That's MY idea of office decor.
Of course, I don't know that you lot are any more normal. But seriously, a motivational poster. Hey, good job, here's some office decor that you are now obligated to post? Here's a paperweight with your name on it? Right now I have a purse with four movie tickets in it that I got as recognition rewards -- that I've had for months -- which I can't seem to use because the planets of "we have time to see a movie", "there's a movie we want to see that's playing", "it's at the theatre to which I have tickets" and "it's not sold out" never seem to align.
Is there any material object that you thought was a cool or sincere or meaningful reward? Cold, hard cash doesn't count.