There was a lady helping me with a project at work today. She did a lot of hard, boring work that will really make it easier to get some important information out of some of our customers. I need to say “Thanks” for her efforts and that’s what got me thinking: What would really mean the most to her? A card? Money? An email sent with her boss cc’d?
I wish I knew…
That thought then turned into an idea. (A concept I’m sure has been talked about multiple times before.) What would happen if everyone got customized bonuses?
I’m talking about the above-and-beyond that an employer gives to his employees.
My idea is that each employee takes a test (like that personality test with the four different colors) anonymously that ascertains what form of praise/reward is most liked by that person. The employer is able to find out how best to praise/reward the employee accordingly.
A customized bonus. Something that (hopefully) means more to that specific employee than it would to a colleague.
The specifics would obviously need to be hammered out, but – for example – recognition in front of peers versus a big check. (I’m sure a *big* check would never hurt, though.) Or, time-off versus a set of golf clubs.
Now that I’ve got this written down and out of my head, where does this already take place? Does it work? I’d like to know.
(I bet something like this would work for being promoted, too.)