Sometimes you do not have to plan when to recognize your employees for the efforts they make. Sometimes you need to make impromptu decisions to do this because you can see the signs that employees are unhappy and need motivation. A good employer should be able to tell when his employees need corporate recognition if they are to go back to being as productive as they once were.
Signals to look out for that show employees need motivation
Always looking forward to certain times of the day or month
When you see your employees always looking at the time wondering when lunch hour will get here or when it will be time to go home, then be sure they need some form of motivation. It is not normal for employees to start wondering when close of business will reach an hour after they have clocked in! Worse still, they have nothing special lined up. They do this practically every working day. Some employees even have bank holidays marked on their calendars. The excitement they show because they will have a day away from work is very telling on the state of your employees mind regarding work.
Perform the basic standard set
Performance should always exceed your expectations. You only set the minimum performance levels as a guide. However, if you find that is what employees aim for, something is totally wrong and you need to reconsider how your employees are treated. Happy employees will always exceed the minimum productivity levels set.
This is sometimes difficult to tell, but a keen employer will be able to tell if his employee is not happy in the work environment. Constant sighing or ignoring conversations going on around him may mean the employee has personal problems or is just tired of work. Some employers choose to fire such employees. However, this is not usually the solution. Sometimes all these employees need is Corporate recognition to encourage them to keep performing because they know they are appreciated.
Just like everyone else, employees want to feel that their efforts are not in vain. They need to understand that you as their employer notices what they are doing and that you are appreciative.