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Why You Should Reward Your Employees for Hard Work

It can be difficult for employers to know when and how to reward employees for their hard work, particularly as the company grows and the workforce expands. But it's an important aspect of managing a company and employee recognition plays a crucial role for the culture of the business. Showing your staff that you recognise their hard work and appreciate it will not only encourage great team work and boost productivity, but it will also benefit your business when it comes to attracting new recruits. Here are some of the reasons why you should always reward your staff for their hard work, time and effort, and the benefits it provides to your business and staff alike.


Boosts Morale

No-one enjoys feeling underappreciated, particularly at work, and it can have a negative impact on morale if staff go too long without feeling recognised for their input. But by providing rewards for hard work, it reinvigorates their passion for the role and can help to create a fun and happy work environment. There are a number of ways that employees can receive perks and rewards for their work, such as team building classes, group activities and even reward schemes.

Attracting New Recruits is Easier

While the use of an online HR system has made the recruitment process easier, one of the ways that companies can help attract the very best talent for new positions is by creating a strong reputation as a business. Employer branding is now an increasingly important factor to the modern-day workforce and with online review sites, it's easy for applicants to see how previous or even current staff rate their workplace. Negative reviews can be damaging to your business' reputation and can stop people applying for open vacancies. But fostering a positive workplace where staff feel valued and are rewarded ensures that recommendations from peers are more common. What's more, reward schemes become a selling point as part of the recruitment process too.

Increases Employee Retention Rates

Attracting the best applicants for new roles is important, but what is equally important is retaining the staff you have and that you've invested in. Employee engagement is a big part of retention and staff that are recognised and praised for what they do are more likely to be satisfied with their role and more loyal to the business overall. This provides a boost to employee retention rates and keeps the top talent of the industry within your brand rather than leaving them tempted to look elsewhere for a more rewarding role.

Provides Feedback

To today's professionals, feedback is key to helping staff understand what they're doing right and where they can improve. While annual reviews and monthly catch-ups are great for this, reward schemes are a more enjoyable and fun way of providing positive feedback to employees. It lets them know that they're on the right track and that the work they're doing isn't going unnoticed, which will encourage them to continue doing so long-term.

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Tropism, Mindfulness, and Responding to Your Environment

One of the few things I remember from grade school biology is the concept of tropism. In plain language, tropism is the reaction of a living thing, like a plant, towards a stimulus like sunlight or heat. You've likely seen this before but just didn't recognize it for what it was. If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action. The plant is bending towards the sunlight.

If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action.

In our everyday lives, we are all inundated with stimuli throughout the day. The driver in front of us that stalls at the yellow light and zooms through the red light, leaving us behind to wait. Or the customer service rep that leaves us on hold for an ungodly amount of time, only for the call to prematurely drop. There are so many examples both common and unique to our individual lives. The trouble begins when we form the habit of responding to everything — particularly negative stimuli. By doing this, our mental peace is disrupted and diverted making us slaves to whatever happens to happen. Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us. Now take that concept and multiply it by the number of things that can happen in a day, week, or month. What happens to you mentally with so many emotional pivots?

For me, the result is: Restlessness. Anxiety. Sleepness. Mindless Eating. Everything besides peace of mind.

Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us.

Earlier this year, something pretty trivial happened to me. I'm sure this has happened to you at some point in your life also. I was walking through a door and, as I always do, glanced back and held the door longer and wider than normal for the person coming behind me. My gracious gesture was met with silence — no thank you, no smile, not even a nod. I remember being so annoyed at this travesty of justice. How dare they not acknowledge me and thank me for holding the door? After all, I didn't have to do it. I know I spent the next few hours thinking about it and probably even texted a few friends so that they could join in on my rant and tell me how right I was to be upset. In hindsight, I should not have allowed this pretty petty thing to occupy my mind and heart, but I did. I let it shake my peace.

I've since taken some classes on mindfulness and what I've learned (and I'm still learning) is the art of being aware — being aware of the present and my feelings. Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy. We're all human and having emotions is part of the deal but as mindful adults, it's critically important to choose what you're going to care about and let everything else pass along. There are several tools on the market to help with this but the Headspace app has really helped me in my mindfulness journey. The lessons are guided and coupled with some pretty cute animations.

Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy.

Over the course of the next week, I'd like to challenge you to pay more attention to your reactions. How aware are you of how you allow your environment to affect you? Are you highly reactive? Do you ruminate for hours or even days on events that are insignificant in your life? If so, practicing a bit of mindfulness may be the way to go.