How To Ensure A Positive Employee Experience For Both Men And Women

Ensuring a positive employee experience for both men and women begins from day one and to helps reduce workplace conflict, raise staff morale and increase overall productivity. From the point at which an employee is onboarded into a new organization, it is imperative to communicate the vision and mission that drive it every day and how the employee is an integral part of that growth. Inclusion and ensuring that the employee knows their input is valuable will go a long way in increasing morale and the company’s success.

What motivates a Millennial may not motivate a Boomer, so understand this by asking.

During the orientation process it is also essential to get feedback as to how the employee prefers to be communicate with, how they wish to be recognized (publicly vs. privately), understand their professional development goals and what challenges they wish to overcome. Why? Because if you do not ask you run the risk of demotivating the employee, increasing employee turnover and being ill-prepared for how to manage your overall workforce. Employee relations are different for men and women and vary from generation to generation. What motivates a Millennial may not motivate a Boomer, so understand this by asking.

One helpful tool that I have used in the past when managing a team is an employee recognition questionnaire that is completed during the registration period that may include some of the following questions:

  1. What are some achievements or job performances that you would most like to be recognized for?  (Some examples include customer service, exceptional job performance, taking on additional job duties, etc.)
  2. How would you most like to be recognized for the behaviors and job performances listed above? (Some examples include verbal acknowledgment, lunch with a supervisor, a gift card, etc.)
  3. How do you prefer to receive recognition? (Some examples include in a private setting, small group, formally or informally, etc.)
  4. What are your favorite hobbies/ interest or favorite things? (Like reading, cooking) This helps so if you wish to provide a personal type of recognition, you know what they like and value.

Lastly, have a tracking mechanism to ensure that each employee has been “touched” at least twice a year if not more!


Michelle A. Turman, M.A. CFRE
Michelle A. Turman, M.A. CFRE
Michelle Turman, MA, CFRE is the CEO of Catalyst Consulting Services whose mission is to facilitate positive change in the areas of executive searches, organizational management, and fundraising. With over twenty-four years of nonprofit experience, Michelle established Catalyst Consulting Services and has been responsible for increasing the impact and best practices of nonprofit organizations she serves and has raised over $60 million for the Tampa Bay community through her professional and personal philanthropic efforts. In 2018, Turman was recognized as Small Business Leader of the Year by the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce for her leadership in the nonprofit sector. In addition to facilitating change nationally and in the Tampa Bay area, Michelle’s community service has included leadership roles on the boards of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charitable Gift Planners of Tampa Bay, Donate Life America, Leadership Pinellas, the South Tampa Y and University of South Florida’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Mentoring, the Women’s Exchange (WE), and Working Women of Tampa Bay Foundation. Turman is author of the best-selling book, Jumping the Queue – Achieving Great Things Before You Are Ready which focuses on how young professionals can seize personal and professional opportunities, achieve great things, and get what they want and deserve. Turman is an educational trainer for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and at the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and specializes in professional education in the areas of change management, capital campaigns, volunteer management, board governance, and fund development. Turman has been featured in American Express: Open Forum, Arizona Business Magazine,, Inc. Asian, New York Daily News, Investors Business Daily, Nerdy Girls Express, Young Upstarts, and Rural Messenger as an expert and author for her focus on change management in the workforce. In 2015, Turman was recognized by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine as one of Tampa Bay’s Distinguished Women in Business and the Face of Nonprofit Change in 2016 and been nominated by Tampa Bay Business Journal as Business Woman of the Year in 2007, 2016 and 2017.

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