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How do you honor an employee, to build morale and keep them aboard?

The most important part of the answer is that you honor every one who works for you every day. You honor them by being clear about what you expect. You honor them by helping them do better, by praising good performance and helping to correct poor performance. You honor them by making sure that you've got a fair place to work, where good, engaged workers do better.

If you do those things, good people will stay. The person who must do them is the immediate boss of each individual. So one key to retention is to have the best supervisors possible.

Your question sounded to me like you were asking about special forms of recognition like plaques or days off. That stuff is fine, but if you haven't done the day to day stuff right, the once-in-awhile stuff is like a cheap patch on a bad roof.


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