You and I need to learn how to truly value people and their contributions.
When we respect and acknowledge people properly for the effort they make, giving recognition demonstrates our respect for them and shows they are truly worthy of our time.
I have written before how giving recognition does not take very much time to do. Yet, it is the number one reason, or barrier, for why people don’t give recognition.
Making recognition a part of your DNA – means following a consistent, systematic approach to how, and when, you give people recognition.
Recognition Tip #42: Take time to ask people for their recognition preferences.
Create an informal sit-down opportunity and learn about an individual’s goals and what motivates them at work. When the comfort level is present, ask them what they like and don’t like with the recognition they receive from you. Discover their preferred frequency of recognition and how they best like to be appreciated.
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People ask this question of me in a variety of ways.
But the bottom line is, managers, want to know when they should recognize a person or not.
They’re looking for a magic formula that will make their job easier. They want me to provide them with some kind of tool or process to know how to judge whether an action or behavior performed by an employee merits being recognized or not.
The big flag in the title question is the word “deserve”.
How can you deal with this question? (more…)
Here’s my latest Facebook Live on How To Overcome the Biggest Excuse for Not Giving Recognition.
I address some of the common barriers that managers have with recognition. And then I challenge the most common reason given. Is it a valid reason or an escapist excuse? Find out in the broadcast.
Each act or expression of recognition can be measured against five criteria, which I call Recognition P.R.I.M.E. Factors.
When you fully understand the importance of these factors you will wisely be able to use them and give more meaningful and memorable recognition.
I am not saying you MUST use all of these factors every time you give recognition. But each type of recognition you use will score differently on a polar spectrum – high or low for example – for each individual factor.
Let’s quickly review each of the PRIME Factors and see how they affect recognition and the impact they can have on people. (more…)
Ever receive a compliment from someone, or they say thank you to you, and you start questioning how sincere they really are with what they said?
While you might not be right all the time it seems science has picked up on this intuitive ability we have.
Karyn Fish, from McGill University, and her colleagues, outline in their “The sound of (in)sincerity” research, how we have a pretty good ear for identifying genuine praise and recognition. (more…)
Kids Teach Us How To Say Thank You
Kids have a way of saying things right from the heart. Watch this cool video that Target and BuzzFeed created two years ago. Put these kids’ simple message of saying thanks into practice in your life.
How often should you give people recognition? Learn from Rideau's Chief Learning Officer, Roy Saunderson and discover research and best practices for giving real recognition the right way where you work.
Posted by Rideau, Inc. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
How Often Should You Give Recognition?
Check out my first Facebook Live where I provide answers to this question from research and best practices so you can come away with some helpful ideas going forward to help you and those in your company.
Employees, on average, are not recognized as frequently as they would like to be according to Gallup.
So when you’re being acknowledged for something, don’t negate the very recognition you do receive by giving some weak or negative comeback comment.
You’ve likely heard the following scenarios around you. You might even have fallen into the trap of doing them too.
Someone thanks you for great work you did earlier in the day.
“Thanks so much for the quick turnaround with getting ABC Company’s shipment out the door. I know the ABC general manager will be singing our praises tomorrow because of this.”
But you end up giving a weak reply like one of the following:
“That’s all right.”
“Don’t mention it.”
“Not at all.”
“It was nothing.” (more…)
Recognition Tip #41: Give great gimmicky gadgets.
You likely will find these nifty gadgets in the most unusual of places. You might be at a country market or specialty gift store. Check out Pinterest for unique home, office, and technology gadget and gizmo ideas you can buy online. Some things are just a respectful joke or toy items to be played with. Others are quite original and useful. Make sure to accompany any gadget gifts you give people with a fun and acknowledging message. All work and no play can make us all a little dull at times!