How Do You Keep Your “A” Players in Your Team? What Motivates You at Work?

As holidays are around the corner, it is about time to reward our “A” players and recognize their contributions. The question is what are we going to reward our “A” players or “A” team under a recession? What if the financial strains do not allow us to raise the pay scale? This ABC News video offers some good suggestions to deal with such dilemma.

1. Be open, honest, and transparent with the employees. Be frank with them about the company’s financial status. Associations are smart. They know what is going on with the company. Let everybody focus on the long-term profit-sharing plan instead of pay raise for the next year.

2. Don’t skimp on recognitions. Recognitions do not have to be big, but they need to be done throughout the year in various ways.

3. Reward your “A” players publicly. By doing so, we not only let our “A” players feel good but also enforce the desired behaviors among employees.

4. Design creative and fun recognition programs. A free car wash, a spa treatment, and paid days off are some good examples.

5. Change a person’s title without increasing the pay.

Companies understand that usually “A” players are among those who leave the first. Letting “A” players see the opportunity of growing with the company or building something with the team becomes critical in keeping them motivated. On Wednesday, managers at Archon Hospitality informed our hospitality students their company’s sign-in bonus program and the training-developing opportunities. In the end, Archon interviewed 23 candidates. On Thursday, the HR Director at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center (Sheraton SU)  also emphasized the importance of retention management for a hotel in my Human Resource Management class. Sheraton SU is able to keep a low turnover rate by treating employees with respect, recognizing outstanding performers on a monthly basis, and using a bonus plan linked with Guest Service Index. These suggestions and practices are all very helpful. What do you do to keep you “A” players in your team? What motivates you at work?

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