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1001 Ways to Reward Employees: 100's of New Ways to Praise! Revised & Updated 2nd Edition Paperback – Jun 13 2005

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Second Edition,Revised,2nd edition (June 13 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761136819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761136811
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 20.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There's a difference between having someone show up for work and bringing out the best thinking and initiative in each person. To do that requires treating employees more as partners, not as subordinates. Being nice isn't just the right thing to do, it's also the economical thing to do."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Empowerment. Self-Directed Teams. Continuos Improvement. Achievement Awards. Case Studies. It would be impossible to do justice to the enormous wealth of ideas that Bob Nelson, in his remarkable 1001 WAYS series, has elucidated for both employers and employees. This bestselling series points to a new way of looking at employee-employer relations, offering practical advice and evidence along side indispensable and clear business theory. Also in the series: 1001 WAYS TO ENERGIZE EMPLOYEES, a practical handbook chock full of ideas for increasing employee involvement and enthusiasm; 1001 WAYS EMPLOYEES CAN TAKE INITIATIVE, turning its voice towards the ambitious employee who wants to develop self-leadership, set goals, and build a team; and the 365 WAYS TO MANAGE BETTER Page-a-Day Perpetual Calendar, with daily advice for the consciencious manager. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bob Nelson's book presents a long list of potential rewards for employees who perform well in the workplace. A busy, budget-poor supervisor will get a return on the book's cover price by discovering low-cost ways to let employees know they have done well.

The book's central message is that people are different and value different things. Readers can make ready use of this principle by searching through the book's chapters for a reward that matches a co-worker's interests or personality. Or they can just ask people what motivates them. Either way, they will have learned to not only reward their employees, but to treat them as individuals with different tastes as well as strengths.

This book has also been useful as a basis for a lesson on rewards in a college psychology class. Students of behavior modification need to learn that a reward system will not work if it is based on rewards that are not valued. And that it can go disastrously wrong if the "rewards" are really punishments to those who receive them.

Good management and good psychology in one book. Highly recommended, if you are interested in either. Satisfied readers may also enjoy the author's The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook.
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Heard the taped version of 1001 WAYS TO REWARD EMPLOYEES,
written and read by Bob Nelson . . . the author says that what most
motivates people who work is recognition--and not just money! . . . he
then presents a most useful guide to rewards of every conceivable type
for virtually any situation . . . the ideas include the spontaneous gesture
of praise to formal company-wide programs and just about everything
These ideas, in particular, made a great deal of sense to me:
Works who must stay late at TIME INC. get cab fare home.
Marion Laboratories annually takes all employees and guests to see
a Kansas City Royals game.
Chevron keeps a Treasure Chest brimming with gifts so supervisors
can reward employees on the spot.
Every Christmas, the Walt Disney Company opens Disneyland for
employees and families only--with executives running the park.
My only disappointment in the book was in the author's narration . . . he
lacked any real enthusiasm for the task, and this is one time that it
would have been much better had anybody else been the reader.
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As a teacher and counsellor in business management, I have found many employers to be lacking in expertise, when it comes to human resource issues. Any successful employer knows that you invest in employees; you cut back on other expenditures. Successful entrepreneurs have learned that treating an employee with respect and dignity, providing a positive work environment, paying what the employee is worth and providing incentives and benefits will increase productivity and enhance profits. If this does not produce results, perhaps you have hired the wrong employee for the job. An employee wants to feel a part of the business, as if he/she is working with you, not for you.. MINIMUM WAGE IS NOT AN INCENTIVE OR A REWARD FOR QUALITY WORK, DEDICATION AND LOYALTY! After all, it is your employees who are going to help you achieve a profit.
This is a fantastic book and one employers, particularly those with few human resource skills, should read. Money is not always the answer when it comes to rewarding quality work. This book is well-written and contains some very worthwhile points and suggestions on both motivating and rewarding your employees.
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A number of firms right now are experiencing a slowdown of growth because of the general economic climate. While this may not last long, it becomes vital to find ways to motivate employees, especially if a firm is not hiring or cannot spend much on extras and must keep current employees productive and happy.
The good thing about "1001 Ways to Reward Employees" is that not all the ways require big expenditures. The book gives ways to match rewards to your budget. More importantly, it also lists how to match the reward to the type of employee. The book lists best practices from organizations as diverse as BankBoston, Disney and the Federal Government.
Praise and thank-you's are some of the rewards discussed. These come from findings of surveys where many employees say they would really just like recognition and gratitude for special efforts.
There is a useful section giving sources for specialty rewards, firms that can arrange reward activities, travel, and companies and associations that specialize in rewards and incentives.
All in all, a useful book and one that could help any manager get more productivity and boost morale while holding down costs.
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This paperback is an easy reference book for managers considering ways to reward (read: acknowledge excellence) among employees. There is also some suggestion of programs designed to reward longevity (just being there).
Good managers are good leaders with vision and drive. Using this book as a tool, a manager might provide a team with the seeds for some creative thinking. However, if your organization is not part of a bigger corporate structure, many of the ideas are too expensive or too large to personally manage. The result is a bit discouraging as you flip pages thinking "good idea...but..."
There are great quotes in shaded areas along the edges of each chapter, and the general ideas are organized under headings such as Employee/Company Anniversary, or Safety. Finding information is easy thanks to the author, Bob Nelson.
I've let my managers read and react to the book, and I used it in a workshop on rewarding employees. This is a fine resource, an affordable book to stimulate discussion, but not likely the sole solution to your issues.
Amazon features a wide selection of books on the topic of employee reward and recognition, this is a mid-range book in that spectrum of resources. It is an effective argument against simply providing cash incentives and managers seeking to win that debate are greatly served by this book.
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