How To Make Learning Happen In Open Offices

Wake up world! Cubicle nation is being taken over by open office plans. At least seventy percent of all offices in America currently have an open floor plan.

The open office plan motivation for many companies has certainly been cutting real estate costs, while trying to sell the hope of greater collaboration with colleagues. Meanwhile, some offices have carefully looked at architectural design and layout to actually make creative use of their available space.

Conceived in the nineteen-fifties, the open office concept was initiated to facilitate communication and idea flow. Now, over fifty years later, the verdict is questionable to whether those initial goals are being achieved. (more…)

Making Your Recognition Valuable and Meaningful

We all want to give people recognition that is valuable and meaningful.

The trouble is so few of us have been shown how to actually do this.

I think you can make something more valuable by putting in the extra time, effort and care needed to enhance the value of a person and their contributions.

Consider the jeweller who changes a diamond buried within the rough stone into a glorious and sparkling, multi-faceted gem.

This is exactly what you must do to give people the valuable and meaningful recognition they desire.

Like the diamond jeweller, valuable recognition requires specialized knowledge and techniques, and possibly tools and equipment to make it happen.

There is a simplified process for making diamonds I want to share with you.

I think you will find this process helpful, as I want you to think of yourself as bringing out the diamond in each of your employees. (more…)

Giving Recognition The Way They Want It

How do you deal with receiving public recognition?

For some, having to go up on stage before a crowd or be in front of their peers at a meeting, and receive well-deserved public recognition, can all seem like torture versus the intended recognition.

And yet, in North America, we have a tendency to almost drag people into the limelight to supposedly honor and laud them.

For the extroverts reading this it is easy to forget there are some employees who plain do not like public recognition. (more…)

Could Witnesses to Recognition Be More Likely To Stay?

Imagine if simply witnessing other people receiving recognition could cause employees to stay working for your company longer and increase their loyalty and productivity.

I am going to refer to a scientific study that does not focus on employee recognition but has some interesting and practical significance for recognition giving.

I read this study a while ago from the University of British Columbia called Escaping Bullying: The Simultaneous Impact of Individual and Unit-Level Bullying on Turnover Intentions (Human Relations, July 2012 vol. 65 no. 7, 901-918).

This study obviously addresses the extreme opposite of such positive practices as employee recognition, and tackles the not so nice topic of bullying.

What the study found was when individuals not directly bullied themselves were witnesses (indirectly or directly) to others being bullied they were more likely to leave their workplace than those directly bullied.

Think about the implications this could have on positive behaviours of praise and recognition. (more…)

Why Recognize Them When They’re Just Doing Their Job?

One of the standard complaints against recognition that some people make, is if people are doing their jobs, why do you need to recognize them?

A good friend of mine likens this to someone saying, “I love you!” to their partner when they propose to them and then never saying it again. When the partner desperately asks after a year together, “How come you never say how much you love me anymore?” the response is simply, “I told you when I first proposed. Why do I have to say it again?”

It get’s worse when the diehard cynics in the room confront the need for employee recognition by saying things like, “We pay them well enough, what more do they want?”

Yet, for many people, though not everyone, there is an inherent need to feel that they’re making a difference. They want to know that their contributions are valued and appreciated by others.

I am going to tackle this question the best way I can by painting a picture and letting you decide.

Remember the question: Should you be recognizing people when they are “just doing their job?” (more…)

How To Make Your People Matter In Meetings

Having exceptional meetings starts with valuing your people and determining what you want them to come away with.

There is a classic cliché definition that meetings are where minutes are kept and hours are lost. However, someone I know recently challenged that perspective by suggesting the idea that every meeting should be a revelatory experience.

If anything, the majority of meetings tend to reveal the harsh reality that little thought went into trying to make them even a meaningful experience. They are often just obligatory time fillers – the cyclical meetings scheduled in our calendars for the standard 1-hour block, with someone dictating the agenda, of little value and even less accomplished.

But what if we could make our meetings more engaging? Imagine showing your employees you value them and their time through changing the way you conduct your meetings. Try these six ways on how to enliven your meetings and show your people they matter. (more…)

The Games People Play

How principles of gamification can help us win at work.

The principles of gamification, or game mechanics, can truly help us with learning and improving our productivity and employee satisfaction in the workplace.

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Date: January 1, 2017
Appearance: Training Magazine Article
Format: Magazine

How To Overcome Your Fear of Giving Recognition

If you’ve rarely received positive feedback or expressions of affection from your family growing up, then you may have a hard time giving recognition in the workplace.

Or perhaps you were not the most stellar athlete at school and did not have top academic marks warranting any special awards.

When you haven’t received much recognition as a child, youth or young adult, you can easily lack confidence in acknowledging and praising those you work with.

That’s when giving people recognition ends up as another item on the “To Do” list that never gets done.

You can almost fear giving people recognition.

Today I will give you some pointers on how you can gain confidence to overcome your fears. I will show you how to give meaningful praise and recognition. (more…)