Coffee, Goals and Contribution

People can be hard to please when we do not know what they really want. Sometimes because of the nature of human beings, knowing what they want and giving it to them does not guarantee they will be pleased.

The good news is that not everyone is like that. Rewarding a stand out employee can be a topic for deliberation among the top-level management cadre. One thing that I am positive is a big morale boost is passing a clear message of "being valuable".

One to one coffee or dinner session between the chief executive officer and finding out what the employee wants as his personal goal, then devising a structured pattern to contribute to attaining that goal for him/her is one way of turning your employee into a Mario (a workplace brand).

Supporting his/her personal goals, charities, projects etc is a way of saying that we want you to win too on the things that touch your heart. This eventually translates into a trickle-down effect, not only for the particular employee to keep delivering their best but also to achievers on the same level of delivery.

What would you consider acceptable for you as a "thank you" for your outstanding contribution to your organization?

As an employer, what do you think you can give to your stand-out employees?

Share your thoughts!

Busola Shogbamimu is the Lead Coach at Top Bevel Limited, a training consultancy centred on people, purpose and profit. (Visit:

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