Non-Monetary Incentives to Enhance Performance
While financial incentives are critically important, non-monetary incentives have a role too. The values of Our Common Ground provide a platform for respectful work relations and innovative potential incentives that could be provided by supervisors.
Supervisors may draw on most of the non-monetary rewards and recognition suggested here. They should continuously look out for other perks and honors that praise and value their high performing employees.
- Personally thank employees for a job well done.
- Provide specific feedback about performance which is helpful and useful to employees
- Be willing to take time to meet and listen to employees
- Strive to create a work environment that is open, trusting and fun
- Give employees gifts and prizes when appropriate
- Provide extra time off
- Explore job sharing
- Institute flexible scheduling including job sharing, 9, 10, or 12 month positions
- Institute work-at-home opportunities
Communication Related Incentives
- Provide information about how the unit makes and loses money. This transparency allows employees to trust their employer.
- Reward employees for the fiscal soundness of the unit.
- Involve employees in decisions, especially when the decisions affect them.
- Provide people with a sense of ownership in their work and work environment.
- Offer employees the chance to choose the method by which they will be evaluated.
- Offer the chance to work on special projects.
- Provide additional training opportunities and support employees who wish to attend training.
- Offer title changes when appropriate that reflect the employee’s duties and responsibilities.