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The Value of Verbal Praise and Recognition Amongst New Zealand Library Staff

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dc.contributor.author Jenkins, Adrian Giles
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-31T01:22:08Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-05T02:37:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-31T01:22:08Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-05T02:37:22Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18694
dc.description.abstract Research Problem Today, more than ever, library and information centre managers are looking for the best way to motivate their staff and to keep them motivated. One of the easiest ways to do this is by verbally praising or recognising one’s staff, but is it effective? This research report examines the extent to which New Zealand library staff are motivated by verbal praise and recognition from their manager. There is a significant amount of literature on the value of praise and recognition and on motivation of staff in general in other work sectors, but little in the library and information world. What does exist is mostly centred on North America, the UK and Europe. There appears to be no prior research on the value of praise and recognition amongst New Zealand library staff – a gap this research fills. Methodology This quantitative cross-sectional research was conducted by means of an online questionnaire during March 2012. 436 library staff, working under a manager, in a variety of libraries throughout New Zealand, responded. Some of the research sample was gathered by means of purposive convenience sampling, using contacts of the researcher. Other respondents were attained via random sampling. An incentive prize draw was offered to encourage New Zealand library staff to complete the questionnaire. Results The research found that while New Zealand library staff value verbal praise and recognition from their managers, they are more motivated by financial rewards, promotions and professional development opportunities. Words of thanks and acclaim from their manager are welcomed, but this needs to be followed up with something more tangible. When New Zealand library managers do verbally praise their staff, they should ensure that they are sincere in giving praise, and that the praise is timely and specific. They also need to be aware that some staff are uncomfortable with being praised or recognised in public. When praise is given appropriately, it has a significant impact upon many New Zealand library staff, motivating them to look for opportunities to grow in their work, to give more effort to their work and to develop a culture of appreciation in the workplace. Implications With increased knowledge about their staff, managers in New Zealand libraries can act in ways that will increase the motivation of their staff and lead to a positive result for all. This research assists New Zealand library managers better to understand the value of verbal praise and recognition for their staff. It also gives them important tips on how the verbal praise and recognition that they do give, can be most effective. To increase the knowledge bank of New Zealand library staff further, other researchers could do qualitative research to provide a more in-depth understanding of the value of verbal praise and recognition. It would also be interesting to focus on other ways New Zealand library staff are motivated and also to replicate the present research amongst library staff in other countries. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Staff development en_NZ
dc.subject Libraries en_NZ
dc.subject Praise en_NZ
dc.title The Value of Verbal Praise and Recognition Amongst New Zealand Library Staff en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Information Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 080706 Librarianship en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Masters Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Library and Information Studies en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Information Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 461006 Library Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoaV2 280115 Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences en_NZ

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