Are Your White-Collar Employees Benefiting from Employee Recognition?

While all employee recognition programs should be geared toward engaging and appreciating employees, the culture and climate of your workplace defines how that plays out. White-collar employees (i.e. professional, managerial, and office workers) thrive when their recognition is on-the-spot and fits their day-to-day work. 

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Vroom Expectancy Theory states that individuals will behave or act in a particular way because they are motivated. Motivation is a powerful force in a company. This fact lends itself to an appropriate question: Are you properly motivating your white-collar staff?

Values and Motivators of Employee Engagement

Common values among white-collar employees include:

  • Recognition
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
  • Promotion

Common motivators among white-collar employees include:

  • Security
  • Status
  • Supervision
  • Peer relations
  • Working conditions

With the knowledge of the common motivators for this culture, an organization can now be empowered to implement an employee recognition program that is built around these factors. 

Instant Award Recognition

Modern culture as a whole has changed drastically. Individuals desire on-the-spot recognition for their achievements. Gone are the days of annual awards banquets. Delayed recognition lends itself to a work environment of discouragement and high turnover rates.

As a result, it is imperative that day-to-day employee recognition is at the core of each recognition program. This creates a culture of recognition and increases employee engagement. Given that the white-collar workforce will likely have access to electronic devices throughout their workday, it is a good practice to incorporate this into your recognition. Instant Award Cards, Social Media, eCards, and intranet postings all contribute to the on-the-spot recognition that employees crave. It serves a tangible motivator throughout the day to increase motivation and productivity.

When white-collar employees have the right motivation and feel appreciated, their focus can now be placed solely on achieving goals. Not only will you see an increase in productivity, you might also notice an extra skip in their step. 

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At C.A. Short Company, we are your partner for increased employee engagement resulting in increased performance outcomes to grow your bottom line. Our process and research-based platform helps you engage your team in order to increase your bottom line, motivate your staff to the benefit of the entire organization, and reward your people for the positive changes they make. To request a Complimentary Consultation, please click here. 

Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Instant Award Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies

Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

About the Author
Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

CEO & CFO
Mr. Ross, a certified public accountant, joined the C.A. Short Company as its controller in June 1993 and was named Chief Financial Officer in November 1996. From there, Jeff was promoted to President and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2017, was appointed CEO. Before joining C.A. Short Company, Ross was employed as an accountant by Hausser + Taylor, a large public accounting and consulting firm. Jeff presently serves on the Board of Directors of 2XSalt Ministries, Charlotte, NC and is a member of North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Ross graduated from The Ohio State University with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1989.

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