Rewarding Staff Accomplishments

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No two individuals are the same. We have our own wants and needs, our own tastes and peculiarities.  This is seen to be true, both in our personal or professional lives. Even at work we have our own likes and dislikes.  As a result of this, managers have come to the realisation that while cash bonuses and pay increases can motivate some employees, money does not motivate everyone. Even in the case of the same person- our wants and needs change over time, therefore what motivates us today, might not motivate us tomorrow. In seeing this dynamic in the work place, many managers have turned to non-cash incentives as an alternative to bonuses.

In his book ‘1001 Ways to Reward Employees’ Bob Nelson states that whilst cash is widely appreciated and needed in most cases, employees feel more rewarded when they receive something that they may not acquire otherwise or something that they have longed for over a lengthy period of time.  Recently, it has been noted that in the right circumstances and in the right combination, non-cash rewards are even more effective at bringing about higher levels of productivity from staff.

With many managers contemplating changing the way in which they reward employees, Nelson continues by stating that the best way to set up a rewards policy that everyone is happy with is  through open dialogue with employees. This will help determine what inspires each one of them to do their best. Supervisors need to understand the type of reward that will stimulate the participant group. Whilst money may still be the incentive for some, recognition or more challenging assignments may be more desirable and exciting for others.

He writes that organisations should:

  • match the reward to the person,
  • match the reward to the achievement, and
  • be timely and specific.

There are different kinds of non-cash incentives that can be rewarded to staff. Whilst some are non-monetary, others consist of cash and a keepsake. Incentives that can be considered include:

Recognition– The act of simply saying ‘thank you’ in public and the presentation of a tangible gift has multiple functions. To the employee, recognition signifies that someone noticed and someone cares. To the rest of the organisation, recognition acts as a guideline for standards, signifying what constitutes outstanding performance.

Time Off- In receiving paid time off, an employee’s job satisfaction is increased. They are given the opportunity to pursue a hobby or to simply relax without having to take on the extra burden of contemplating how the time off allotted will affect their earnings. The reward of a day off can be given when a staff member maintains perfect attendance, exceeds monthly sales or production goals or provides the department with an innovative solution to a business problem.

Development Opportunities/ Success– Recent arguments suggest that when an employee has access to personal and professional development opportunities they may contribute more time and effort to an employer’s goals. Success can bring about financial perks, but employees need to witness that these perks are being distributed for genuine accomplishment. If the company or department is perceived to reward staff based on favouritism or increase salaries arbitrarily, it could create negative feelings to those who were not acknowledged and perhaps then lead to demotivation.

Development can be enhanced through formal training or simply by maintaining a company library full of development based resources. This will assist in the honing in on personal and professional skills.

There is no particular reward that supersedes any other as being the best type to present in recognition of superior work. Rather, the onus is on each organisation to dialogue with employees over time and therefore determine each individual’s needs and match the reward to the person and their achievements. Managers need to ensure that rewards are not blanket or a continuous copy. There needs to be diversity according to achievement. Top performers need to know that their efforts were exceptional, recognised as such and rewarded accordingly. If this is not done, these incentives will fall short of what they aim to accomplish, that being to inspire employees to be more productive.

 

NCPC Youth Audio Visual Competition Unveiled

The strength, power and capabilities of young people are undeniably irrefutable. In Saint Lucia, the youth continue to make strides in all facets of society and are often an instrumental part of the shaping of national policy. Now more than ever, concerted and coordinated efforts are being made to not only address the needs of the young population, but similarly to encourage their empowerment to express their views and harness their capacity for nation-building.

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The NCPC Youth Audio Visual Competition, an initiative of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC), formally opened today as one of the highlights for the 3rd observance Productivity Awareness Week (PAW). Through this competition, youth in Saint Lucia will have the opportunity to produce a 10-15 minute audio visual piece to depict issues affecting productivity and competitiveness in Saint Lucia  and to propose innovative solutions.

Unveiled during a press conference at the Government Information Service (GIS) Studios earlier today, the competition has among its main objectives, the dissemination and promotion of audiovisual pieces which tackle the issues of productivity and competiveness in Saint Lucia with a focus on increasing awareness of these issues, facilitating dialogue and finding solutions. This activity is also intended to support the discovery of creative expression as an inspiration for the development of the film and audio visual fields.

Communications Specialist at the NCPC, Ms. Taluah Girard says, “These types of initiatives are extremely important. The 21st century youth are not only knowledgeable but they are also very resourceful. Every individual has their own perception of productivity and competitiveness and the challenges which we face as a nation. The Youth Audio Visual Competition will not only allow the youth to showcase their creativity and talent, but similarly it will directly engage them by encouraging them to be part of the solution to our productivity and competitiveness challenges.  As we seek to raise awareness of these issues and inspire progress, these audiovisual pieces will play a great part in opening minds and changing the way that people view these challenges.”

The Youth Audio Visual Competition will be open for submissions through November 6th, 2016, with the winners to be announced at an awards ceremony during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in November.In keeping with the theme of innovation, 

Several corporate entities have embraced this competition.  Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd., CPR and The Directors Institute of Media and Technology have agreed to offer prizes ranging from stationery hampers, tablets and scholarships to pursue a 2D Animation course. The top (3) winning entries will also have the honour of being screened at the 2017 Piton International Film Festival which is scheduled for next summer.

Interested youth (residing in Saint Lucia) are encouraged to visit the NCPC’s website  www.stluciancpc.org, call 468-5571/468-5576 or send an e-mail to stluciancpc@gmail.com  for detailed information on the Competition and to download ncpc-youth-audiovisual-competition-terms-and-conditions

The NCPC has made the submission process very simple, visit our electronic platform at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edcwdoy3057fd092&llr=wsvxeybab to submit your entry.

Alternatively you can download the traditional  (Submission Form) ncpc-youth-audiovisual-competition-submission-form and submit via e-mail.

 

About the Competition

The NCPC Youth Audio-visual Competition invites aspiring youth filmmakers/producers to express their vision by creating a short 10-15 minute audio visual piece. The competition calls on youth to explore the themes of productivity and competitiveness, emphasizing what individuals and communities across the island are doing to promote action, offer solutions and inspire positive change. Participants are encouraged to use personal narratives that explore fundamental questions such as: What are some of the barriers to productivity and competitiveness in my community/on my island? What actions are being taken to mitigate these barriers? What innovative solutions do I think can be employed to resolve these challenges?

NCPC To Host 3rd Productivity Awareness Week

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The competition never sleeps! In a developing country like Saint Lucia, with limited physical and financial resources, this reality is even more evident. While global competition continues to strengthen, in order to remain competitive, there is an increasing need to understand the factors that hinder national competitiveness and seek innovative ways to change the current landscape.

Since the formation of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) in 2013, the Council and its Secretariat has focused on raising awareness on the concepts of productivity and competitiveness and encouraging the implementation of tools and methods which seek to bring about productivity improvements locally.

For the past two years, Productivity Awareness Week (PAW), the NCPC’s flagship activity which is held in October, has provided a much needed platform for the engagement of stakeholders within the public and private sectors, to discuss challenges, share knowledge and ideas, find practical solutions to St. Lucia’s productivity and competitiveness challenges and promote the ideals of productivity and competitiveness.

This year’s Productivity Awareness Week, which is slated for October 10th – 14th, will be observed under the theme, “Enhancing Competitiveness through Innovation.” The activities for the Week are intended to generate a greater consciousness of the notions of competitiveness and innovation and how they work together to create and promote the environment needed for greater competitiveness and sustainable economic growth.  Some of the highlights for the week include:

  • Conversation with Generation Z Feature: The role of the youth in the journey towards a more innovative and competitive Saint Lucia is undeniable. Similarly, the quality of education offered by our institutions and their ability to nurture critical and creative thinking in our students will directly impact this process. In an effort to begin the discussion on the way forward within the education sector, this twenty (20) minute feature examines the status quo while attempting to educate the populace on the thinking capacities/processes of young children and  the benefits of nurturing their creative thinking process. 
  • Innovation in Education: The Secondary Schools Feature: In the past decade, the face of education has transformed drastically. A look at modern education landscape reveals a shift towards the implementation of more innovative practices and policies in schools worldwide. In some schools, innovation can be seen in the use of instructional technology in classrooms while in others this innovation is translated in the way schools are managed/organized. In enhancing the St. Lucia’s productivity and competitiveness, the NCPC has identified the youth as a crucial part of the process. This fifteen (15) minute feature will take a look at some of the innovative projects currently happening in Secondary Schools on island. More specifically, this piece will show how embracing innovation may bring about the changes that the education sector requires to continue to grow.
  • Launch of the NCPC Audio-Visual Competition: Youth will be invited to submit audio-visual pieces which illustrate challenges being faced by their communities, innovative projects/actions being undertaken by business and individuals to improve on these challenges and their own view on ways in which these challenges can be addressed.

 “We are very excited about this year’s Productivity Awareness Week programme,” said NCPC Executive Director, Fiona Hinkson. Over the past two years our focus was on raising awareness and educating on productivity. This year we have taken it step further by inviting Saint Lucians to do some introspection and to challenge the existing mindset and culture and to actively play their part in the change process. We are confident that our approach this year will help to create an environment where productivity and competitiveness are able to thrive.”

 The week will run from October 10th – 14th and interested parties are invited asked to visit the NCPC website; www.stluciancpc.org , Facebook page;  www.facebook.com/stluciancpc  and WordPress blog;  www.stluciancpc.org or simply call us at 468-5576/71 for the full programme of activities and to find out how they can contribute to a more productive and competitive Saint Lucia.

About the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC)

Established in October 2013, The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) is responsible for the identification of key issues related to competitiveness and productivity in Saint Lucia.

The NCPC and its Technical Secretariat is committed to providing the necessary advocacy and research to produce timely and effective recommendations to policymakers on issues that affect both competitiveness and productivity on island.