Employees in every organization need to be rewarded but an employee in a social service field need to be rewarded in a special way. The majority of employees in social services understand that they are not going to get rich, so they understand that they are doing it for the love of helping people versus a rich financial portfolio.
The question is how do we reward these hard and underappreciated people? The text book showed us a poll that was taken for by workers and the answers given by the workers was not shocking to me and the top answer was respect for me as a person. This makes sense as days can be hard and long. It would be even harder and longer if the employee did not feel respected. An employee needs to feel as though their opinion counts. I know how I would feel if I went to management with an idea and was rejected before I finished my thoughts. I understand that respect is key to keeping employees.
The second item on the poll list is good pay. We know that this field is not a big money maker but an employee wants to be able to pay the student loans and to be able to take care of their families. They want to know that they can put gas in the car to make it to and from work and possibly take a vacation every now and then.
The next item is the ability to turn out quality work. A social service employee understands the importance of quality work after all people’s lives may depend on it. I know I would want to feel as though I had done everything possible for the clients and quality ensures that.
The fourth reward is the ability to move up and get a promotion. A reward for hard and quality work is a promotion and this falls in with respect and pay. I don’t think anyone starts a career and expect to be in the same position in twenty years. A person with that kind of expectation is in the wrong field because if you stay in the same position means that your work does not dictate a promotion and thus you do not care about the clients. I...