8 Good Reasons to Recognise Employee Achievement

A monthly pay cheque goes a long way to keeping your travel employees engaged, but if you want a truly happy workforce you may need to look beyond just their salary. Money is a great motivator, but if you feel your staff are losing focus, it’s essential to assess the cause before it has damaging consequences for your travel business. Taking time to recognise employee achievement helps foster engagement, increase productivity, and reduces tension in the work environment. Leading a travel team can often be a challenging task itself, let alone ensuring all staff are completely happy and motivated.

Here are my top 8 reasons to celebrate and recognise employee achievement:

  1. Motivation – It is reported that when you recognise employee achievement, it drives individual work performance. Motivated workers put more time and effort into their work, as they feel they have a purpose and play an important role in the company.
  2. Employee Retention – Staff who feel appreciated tend to stay at an organisation longer-term. A simple thank you or a celebration of an employee’s achievements is all it takes, and in turn this will benefit your company’s retention rates.
  3. Increased Productivity – A simple and measurable indicator of success, increased productivity is something which can be easily rewarded and recognised. If employees are setting new personal records or achieving success, it’s good practice to recognise employee achievement by offering meaningful rewards. This will set an example for others, too.
  4. Improved Work Culture – Vocalising employee appreciation creates an environment that employees want to continue to work in. Greater employee satisfaction and enjoyment of work leads to more time spent focusing on the job and less time complaining.
  5. Better Teamwork – It shouldn’t just be management that recognise employee achievement, but also peers. Peer recognition goes a long way; it helps to establish comradeship between colleagues and is great for increasing teamwork. This peer recognition can be encouraged by management.
  6. Bonding – Recognising an employee’s efforts and appreciating their abilities builds an essential bond between the manager and the employee. Establishing this bond is paramount to a building a healthy and positive environment, where employees feel comfortable speaking to their managers, and vice versa.
  7. Immediate Results – Recognition is all about timing. If any employee is working extremely hard, demonstrating the values of the company and being super productive, why not congratulate and recognise them on the spot. Hold a staff meeting and do a quick presentation. To recognise employee achievement instantly will work wonders, and ensures these behaviours are repeated time and time again. Don’t wait until weeks down the line when you may have your staff member of the month award.
  8. Improved Customer Satisfaction – Engaged employees are willing to go the extra mile, work with passion, and feel a profound connection to their travel company. Customers are more likely to stay loyal to a company if they experience a good attitude from staff.

Appreciation is a fundamental human need. Employees respond to positive recognition of their work because it validates what they do. When employees and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rise, and they are motivated to maintain or improve their good work.

You’ll find by spending just a little bit more time recognising your employees’ achievements that the overall feeling of the workplace will improve.