How To Increase Meaningfulness Through Your Recognition Programs

Academic research has shown that managers are a contributing a factor to your employee’s perception of experiencing meaningfulness at work.

Researchers Francesco Montani and Jean-SébastienBoudrias reported that when managers take their role seriously, and serve and act as representatives of the organizations they work for, they provide them with salient social cues to their employees. These cues give employees a sense of meaningfulness in their own job. A manager’s act of genuinely recognizing their employees contributes to employee meaningfulness with their work.

So how can you use your recognition programs to create this greater job meaningfulness for employees? (more…)

What To Do When Leaders Mess Up Recognition

People make mistakes.

It was Alexander Pope who penned the phrase, “to err is human; to forgive, divine.” But it can be very hard on employees when a senior leader or manager botches up their personal recognition experience.

You’re often left to pick up the pieces, make amends, placate upset employees, or otherwise fix the recognition mistake that the leader made. You can’t always correct a leader right away.

What can you as a recognition manager or practitioner do to prevent any further recognition mess-ups? (more…)

Why Being Specific Increases the Value of Recognition

I had just read marketing author, Seth Godin’s blog post, in which he concluded with the line – “Specific can be its own reward”. And I wholeheartedly agree.

Being specific in your expressions of recognition and praise can be a rewarding experience for the recipient. Which is why I want to emphasize the need for this recognition principle to be taught to your managers and employees.

My goal is to encourage you to help those you lead be specific or become more specific with their recognition expressions. (more…)

A Quick and Easy Recognition Strategy to Get You Going

Typical steps for creating a business strategy require senior leadership team involvement, analysis of previous financial and operational goals and outcomes, and direction as far as the future state of where the company should be heading.

Having a written recognition strategy puts recognition practices and programs on the same level as a corporate business strategy.

But what if you don’t have the luxury to get senior leaders and a sampling of departmental or business unit leaders in the same room? If you can’t facilitate and collaborate with others to create a recognition strategy document, what should you do?

I will show you how to create a quick and easy recognition strategy with a basic structure and outline, along with some questions to ask yourself as a guide. Are you ready? (more…)

How To Improve Recognition With A Great Learning Curriculum

When thinking about designing great corporate learning curriculums, here’s what the late Peter Drucker once said, “Our most important education system is in the employee’s own organization.”

However, most organizations have not woken up to the fact they’re also an educational system besides whatever goods and services they produce.

Consider these factoids to give you a perspective:

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that employers with fewer than 100 employees provided only 0.8 hour––that’s only 12 minutes of manager training per six-month period. And,
  • Organizations with 100-500 employees provided only 0.9 hour (6 minutes) of training for the same time span.

Further, a survey by Progressive Business Publications found only 52% of companies trained their managers once a year or less.

Designing a learning curriculum that will teach people to give meaningful and effective recognition to everyone they work with, looks to be a daunting task. What can you do to change these poor numbers and make recognition a driving force in your organization? (more…)

How To Get Employees to Use Your Recognition Programs

You have a great recognition platform set up with various peer-to-peer and manager driven recognition programs. The launch and kick-off you designed and started was perfect. What happened next? Crickets.

Hardly anyone was using your recognition programs.

What can you do, or what should you have done to begin with, to ensure greater participation by employees in using your recognition programs? (more…)

What Your Leaders Can Do To Lead Recognition

Senior leaders are a powerful force for driving recognition giving across the organization. Their attitudes and, hopefully, exemplary practices, become a beacon and benchmark for others to follow–whether good or bad.

Here are three ideas to explore with your leaders to help you elevate recognition in the eyes of all employees. (more…)

Start the Year with National Thank You Month

I can’t locate the origin of why January is National Thank You month, but it is a great theme to start off any New Year with. However, I can provide you with the origin of the term “thank you.”

Depending on your native tongue, the language you use to express praise, recognition, and thanks in, might affect how you thank people. Your language of origin and that language’s root origin for the word “thanks” will determine how you view and practice giving thanks.

How do you view saying thank you to people? Have you thanked your colleagues or employees recently for the positive things they do for you? (more…)

Employee Recognition Promotes Positive Psychological Functioning

We should all know what employee recognition is but what exactly is positive psychological functioning? How can recognition help promote a psychologically healthy workplace?

Positive psychological functioning is all about having available the right resources and supports needed for employees to function properly in the workplace. You can also call this psychological health and safety.

The American Psychological Association suggests the main characteristics of organizations that promote employee health and well-being are: employee involvement, work-life balance, employee growth and development, health and safety, and employee recognition.

The European Institute of “Great Place to Work” has analyzed the characteristics of best workplaces and found them to be places that care about relationships based on: pride (you feel proud of the company you work for and of your job within it), camaraderie (enjoying the people you work with), and trust (which includes: fairness, credibility, and respect).

So, how does recognition impact this whole construct of positive psychological functioning? (more…)

O Great One! A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition (New York: Penguin Random House, 2016)

Novak’s book is all about the amazing difference you can make with giving people recognition.

I love how he dedicates his book to “attacking the recognition deficit that exists in our world today. To all the people out there who are doing great things and deserve to be recognized for it, this story is for you.”

As the former chairman and CEO of YUM! brand restaurants – which includes KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell – he shares methods he uses to give awesome recognition across a worldwide organization.

He uses a parable-like story, as his approach to teaching 10 principles he advocates for giving meaningful recognition to others. Novak also poses the question and wonders, why aren’t people using recognition more?

He’s on a mission to make recognition a way of life for everyone.

What excites me about this former CEO ‘s philosophy is his describing recognition as a privilege to give, and not something burdensome or added on to your day. Learn as much as you can from this recognition exemplar. A Great One!