Creating An Employee of The Month Program
I've found that EOM programs tend to do more harm than good. Many employees work hard and when one gets singled out the others get hurt. The most creative solution to this I've seen was at Birkenstock many years ago. The employee of the month was chosen by the previous month's employee of the month who pulled the name out of a hat. The employee of the month then had to set up a display about their lives in a special display case in the company lobby so others could get to know them better.
In the quality disciplines we know that half your employees are always going to be below average. The traditional manipulative means of trying to improve employee behavior are crude and not very effective. If you want to see improved behavior in employees, train them well in both sales, service, and business and set up a profit sharing program that puts some real money in their pockets then get out of their way. Motivation won't be an issue any more.
Lanny Goodman is a strategic planning consultant and president of Management Technologies Inc.. Since 1980 he has helped entrepreneurs build highly vital and productive companies. Lanny has developed a unique process to create self-managing companies based on the emerging scientific principles of self-organizing systems. His company works in a very wide variety of industries in the services, manufacturing and not-profit for industries with clients ranging from $1.5m to over $1b in sales. Contact Lanny at www.lannygoodman.com