NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- A little cake, a little speech, a little bonus in the paycheck: If you want happier, more productive workers, make sure you recognize their career achievements formally. If your firm is slow on the draw to show appreciation for their achievements, employees could reasonably think it's time to move on to greener, more benevolent pastures. O.C. Tanner, a Salt Lake City employee services company, has the goods on this issue, but let's add a caveat: The company specializes in employee recognition, so it's in Tanner's best interest for such programs to flourish on the U.S. corporate landscape. The firm links formal service anniversaries such as a 10-year or 20-year anniversary to decreased employee turnover and increased worker satisfaction. Meanwhile, Tanner points out, it costs firms up to 400% of a given employee's salary and benefits to replace that departing employee:
Our study found that employees who work at organizations with effective service anniversary recognition programs plan to stay at their current company up to an additional four years -- thereby reducing hiring costs, delivering a strong return on investment and positively impacting workplace culture," says David Sturt, a vice president for marketing at Tanner. So it's an easy equation for U.S companies: Show some appreciation and reap the benefits of a more stable and more loyal employee. Because if you don't, another company down the road will.
- It costs 30% to 50% of annual salary to replace entry-level employees.
- It costs 150% of annual salary to replace mid-level employees.
- It costs 400% of annual salary to replace executive-level employees.