SHOULD employers give long-serving employees a wake-up call and encourage them to better themselves, rather than being content to stay in the relative safety of the same job?
That was one of the questions raised by John Sylvester, Executive Director at P & MM Motivation, in a recent article in HR Magazine (http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/features/1119026/should-service-awards-renamed-lethargy-service-awards).
Mr Sylvester suggested that some employers are simply rewarding lethargy, allowing older workers to believe they can simply ‘kick back’ and let a younger member of staff take up the slack.
According to The New Face of Long Service Awards, published by motivational rewards and benefits provider Edenred, 84% of organisations still reward their staff for long service. More than half (58%) see it as a vital tool in recognising the work of their employees. However, fewer than ten per cent of organisations rewarding their staff in this manner actually thought it helped them to retain their workforce.
At the end of the day, argues Mr Sylvester, long service must be a key element of a recognition programme and is still highly valued by employees because it is seen as recognition of their commitment and loyalty to the business.
Fewer employees remain with the same employer for more than five years. However, even if you have not moved jobs, the organisation you joined two or three years ago may be very different to the one you are working in now. The people, the technology, the services and products may all have changed in some way.