July 7, 2003

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - The 1001 Rewards and Recognition Fieldbook

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 6:12 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The 1001 Rewards and Recognition Fieldbook: The Complete Guide by Bob Nelson, Ph.D. and Dean Spitzer, Ph.D., Workman Publishing, 377 Pages, $17.95 Paperback, May 2003, ISBN 0761121390
Bestselling author Bob Nelson returns with Dean Spitzer to give us this giant compendium of rewards and recognition theories, programs, and case studies. This is 377 pages filled to the brim with all kinds of information, statistics, quotes, illustrations, graphs, and tables that make it easier for you to understand the main concepts at the heart of the book.
The thing that I love about this book (and all of Bob Nelsons books) is the layout of it. I felt so energized and motivated by the layout of the book as I read it. This sounds trivial, but the layout really makes the book feel and act like an action guide, not just a book. Of course, to be an action guide, it has to contain great ideas, which the fieldbook does. And, all of them are backed with real-life examples that show how they work.
I just cant stress how much this book contains. It starts out with why and how reward and recognition works, and its benefits. Then the authors go step by step (and I mean step by step!) and show you how to build your own recognition culture. Along the way, they point out what motivates people, what de-motivates people, many no-cost or low-cost recognition ideas, and helpful take-aways. They even provide sample recognition program plans! If you think you will have a hard time selling the idea of a recognition program to the higher-ups, dont worrytheyve got that covered, too! And if youre having problems with the program youve created? There is a chapter called Troubleshooting Recognition Problems. After that, there is a chapter on how to maintain and reenergize recognition, followed by150+ pages of recognition tools, resources, and articles! THEN, there are even quick reference cards in the back for you to punch out and use. This is truly a complete, definitiveand most importantlyuseful book.
Considering how much you stand to gain out of reading this book, youd be silly to pass it up for its list price of $17.95. Even if you dont read it all the way through, it still makes a great reference and idea book that you can return to time and time again. This is not a book youll read once and plant on a shelfthis is a valuable resource that will be dog-eared and book marked on top of your desk!