You Better Recognize: How Lauding Your Employees Boosts Productivity
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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In the day of the recession—and post-recession—many bosses were more focused on keeping their companies afloat and many workers were happy to still be employed. Some pre-recession practices fell by the wayside in the process, from bonuses to even that company picnic where the Employee of the Month would be recognized and rewarded.

Though the economy is still on the rebound, experts say it’s a good investment to give your employees more than a pat on the back for a job well done. Productivity can hinge on morale, and oftentimes, workers want to feel that they’re appreciated in order to be efficient and go above and beyond.

“Recognition has many benefits, both for individuals and the organization,” Kim Pope, a vice president in the recruitment industry, writes for Brazen Careerist. She offers four areas that, after showing appreciation to your workers, can see improvement:

1. Engagement
2. Retention
3. Productivity
4. Development

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.