Raise your employee retention and motivation NOW

Employee retention and motivation is one of the biggest challenges of the industry at the moment. I have worked in the recognition industry for 2 years and got my CRP certification. Recognition is one of my passions and I strongly believe that this is the way to achieve innovative projects in a successful way with the current generation’s mentality. More and more people start their own company or go free lance because their employers weren’t able to give them what they need.

I consider that there are 3 pillars to be happy in your job:

  • Remuneration: Base salary, holidays, incentive bonus, sick days, …
  • Environment: Relation with your boss and colleagues, ambiance, …
  • Opportunities: Chance to learn and grow, challenges, career, …

Today, we no more heard “Your boss hires you” but “You hire your boss”. Good managers need to recognize properly their employees. A work needs to be a winning situation for everyone in the equation and today’s generation strive for a more human way of working which is why we see more and more company willing to accommodate employees. Working from home, flexible schedules and milestone celebration become more and more common in many industries.

How do you motivate your employees the right way?

As we do with many things in live when we want to succeed, we need a plan. Here my summary of what are the main elements of a good recognition strategy. This is influenced by the CRP certification I did in April 2011 given by the RPI.

Recognition Strategy

Recognition Strategy


  • What element of this strategy is the most relevant?
  • In the last week, did you recognize someone? If yes, how?

4 thoughts on “Raise your employee retention and motivation NOW

  1. Micaël!

    As usually, we are aligned in our focus and thinking. I LOVE your diagram, it is extremely similar to the work that I do with organizations and teams.

    To answer your second question: In the last week, did you recognize someone? If yes, how?

    I always try to “expose exceptional performance”… and exceptional is usually found in the little things! My family and I were driving to New Jersey this past weekend for a weekend and every time we passed a human-run “toll” I thanked them for their work. I wonder what % of people do that as they pass? It could be easy to overlook!

    I also provided specific, encouraging words to my son’s new soccer coach (who is new at the whole soccer coaching thing) to provide him with my perspective on the things I feel he is doing exceptionally well.

    There are SO many opportunities to recognize and start with the positives first!


  2. Hi Sonia,
    Thanks for your comment!

    I agree with you, you have to live recognition in your day to day life in every small moments to really understand the power of recognition. This mentality will help recognize in an authentic way which is the essential value of this act: “Be an authentic leader and acknowledge successes in a more human way”.

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