Employees Want Your Appreciation!


When was the last time you recognized your employees for the work that they do for you?

A recently published Employee Performance White Paper, based on the Drivers of Great Work study, sought to identify the most effective practices that cause employees to be productive and innovative. Employees cited “recognition” three times as often as any other that may cause them to produce great work.

Arguably, the relationship between employer and employee is the single most crucial relationship within a company, or any business in general. It determines whether the daily operations of the company are running smoothly and greatly impacts an employee’s motivation for work.

With this focus on employees, we have compiled a list of 5 of the most well received books in terms of employee management. We hope that you can use these useful resources to build a stronger relationship with your employees and a more successful business.

  1. Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT by Paul L. Marciano

The title tells the most important message of the book – that the traditional belief that carrots and sticks used together to best manage employees is wrong. While many managers still hold on to the view that incentives and disincentives are sufficient to achieve the desired outcome in employee behavior, this book suggests otherwise. Not only does the author explicitly explain why it won’t work, he also provides a viable alternative which is the RESPECT model. The strength of this book is that it carefully explains how to adopt the RESPECT model step-by-step in a real world working environment, and it also gives plenty of examples for better understanding.

Customer rating: 4.5/5

  1. Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers) by Kevin E. Kruse

A New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kruse, provides a detailed, practical guide to engaging employees in this book. It is full of applicable tips and contains little to no fluffy or hollow content. Little emphasis is needed when it comes to the importance of employee engagement, and failing to master this art would have dire consequences for any company. This book is exactly what you need if you wish to increase commitment levels from employees. While it is useful in most cases, this book should not be read like a holy bible. There is no “one size fits all” solution. Employers and managers have to carefully select, tailor and adopt strategies in the book to achieve maximum performance gains from employees.

Customer rating: 4.5/5

  1. Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

Now in its fifth edition, this classic has received great enhancements and preserved some of the best parts of the book from as early as the first edition. There is now a retention/engagement index quiz in the front parts of the book so that employers and managers can test themselves to see how well they’re doing. It provided 26 practical strategies in retaining talents and engaging them, and perhaps, most importantly, these do not take big bucks to implement. One great aspect of this edition is that it is much more international compared to previous editions. As a result, employers would be able to learn from examples from all over the world and to better manage an increasingly globalized team.

Customer rating: 4.7/5

  1. Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss: A Manager’s Playbook by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

A different book from the same authors as the third book in this list, Beverly and Sharon provide another perspective and different insights in this compact yet powerful handbook for managers. Unlike the previous book which tries to be more comprehensive, this one focuses on a particular matter—how to turn exit interviews into stay interviews so that managers won’t ever have to worry about doing the former again. It argues that instead of asking why talents want to leave the company, ask what will have them stay instead. It is also full of little techniques to turn daily conversations into stay interviews, so that employers would be able to best learn the most honest opinions from their employees.

Customer rating: 4.9/5

  1. The 27 Challenges Managers Face: Step-by-Step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems by Bruce Tulgan

Throughout the years it has been discovered and observed repeatedly that there’s always some recurring issues in running a company and managing employees. The talent you’re afraid of losing, the slackers who are hard to motivate, the ones with attitude problems, or those who are simply incompetent despite trying their best in work. Bruce has done a terrific job in condensing all these problems into 27 most often seen challenges in management, and offers golden pieces of advice to all the problems listed, written from more than 20 years of experience in running a company himself.

Customer rating: 4.5/5

What are you doing to recognize your employees this year?


Links to book summaries have been provided for information only.

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