Golf Course Management

SEP 2013

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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gcm ex t ra Members of the turf care staff at the Reserve Vineyards GC in Aloha, Ore., pose for a group photo at the annual Cinco de Mayo event organized by Mike Turner, CGCS. Photo courtesy of Mike Turner Just rewards Veteran superintendents share ideas for fun and cost-effective ways to show appreciation for the golf course crew. Mike Scott 68 GCM September 2013 National Employee Appreciation Day may be held in February, but superintendents and their management staffs can celebrate the efforts of a greens crew any time of the year. When it comes to such efforts, a little can go a long way. There are many creative ways that superintendents can express their thanks and appreciation for the work done by their staffs. In his 2010 article, "The ten ironies of motivation," reward and recognition guru Bob Nelson writes, "More than anything else, employees want to be valued for a job well done by those they hold in high esteem." He adds that people want to be treated as if they are adult human beings. Organizing an appreciation event can be a challenge during a busy work season when the golf course is packed every day and ongoing projects never end. But some type of an event is most effective in recognizing staff accomplishments, especially when it's supported by the golf course, club or resort management. Several years ago it was more common for a superintendent to include the cost of a small appreciation event in his or her budget at the start of a fscal year. That would allow superintendents the fexibility of planning something without worrying about receiving approval. Unfortunately today that is not always possible with budgets tighter than ever.

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