Here's my top-line and what I found most interesting. The chart below shows the top desired forms of recognition across four groups of your employees - the Engaged, the Contributing, the Disengaged and the Hostile employee. Check out the chart below (email subscribers enable photos or click through to see the chart) and I'll break it down after the jump:
I think there's some validity to that, but I was drawn the following contrasts out of the data:
-Engaged employees don't care about your offers of additional paid time off to the extent less engaged employees do. That makes sense. They're engaged and want to work.
-Pay increases are tops across the chart, but engaged employees would rather have access to learning/training and more flexibility/autonomy over a spontaneous cash bonus.
-Engaged employees don't give a crap about a promotion like the rest of the employee classifications do. I suspect that's because they're high performers and they know that's already going to happen one way or another - whether your company does it for them or if they have to switch companies to get the promotion.
More fodder to treat people differently when it comes to performance management, recognition and overall resources at your company.
The disengaged and hostile employees say "pay me" and "promote me" when recognition comes there way. The engaged are good with pay, but a promotion is second to last. What a scream. And how true.
If you want to dig into the report, call my buddy Jason Lauritsen over at Quantum. He's a lifelong HR pro and the real deal.