Recognition Tip #38: Seek out useful and unique gizmos.
Be on the lookout for any useful gadget or device that will help someone. Listen and keep your eyes open for what someone really needs. Besides stores, even trade show give-aways spark some original ideas. And you’ll even find them at art and craft fairs.
Your goal is to recognize your employees the best way you can. The recognition you give people needs to be seen and felt as being meaningful, memorable and motivational.
One great way to make this happen is to sit down with each of your employees one-on-one and conduct an informal recognition preferences interview.
The only problem is no one ever tells you how to do this.
I am going to spill the beans and give you some suggestions for how to prepare yourself and what you might ask when you finally sit down with your employees.
Are you ready? (more…)
There are some things you just don’t forget.
Often these unforgettable events in our lives are one of two types.
They are either the most positive and meaningful of experiences or they are the most painful and haunting of memories.
One recognition experience I had left an indelible impression upon me because I had to personally draw on the very things I usually teach other people to do.
Consider a time when you have had to use the recognition practices and methods you teach others to do.
Here’s my story about not leaving recognition to the last minute. (more…)
Put more creativity into your recognition.
Instill a sense of creativity with the everyday recognition you give people by adding a personal touch such as a fun game or simply a hand-made card. Infuse more of yourself into the recognition delivery. Creativity will make the recognition you give more sincere and memorable for the recipient. They will always remember the extra effort you put in to make their recognition moment even more special.
Is it possible that those struggling with giving people recognition in your company or organization actually are afraid to do so? Do they have perceived fears that are stopping them from recognizing others?
These days we hear the acronym “FOMO” or the “fear of missing out” which is the anxiety of missing out on rewarding experiences that others might be having. This is typically associated with social media and the need to be continually connected online so the individual can stay connected with what other people are doing.
I would classify the many fears associated with not giving recognition as “FOGR”, or the “fear of giving recognition”.
Latter-day Saints have a scriptural reference that states “…but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”(Doctrine and Covenants 38:30)
And so I bring to the forefront the typical fears people associate with giving recognition and provide you with ways you can prepare for dealing with them and helping others cope better. (more…)
Recognition Tip #37: Bring in some noisemakers and have some fun together.
Get kazoos, party clappers and horns for your employees and allow your team members to “blow their own horn” when no one else is. Towards the end of the day or at an appropriate break time, create some fun ruckus in harmonious unison to boost team spirit and morale.
In my work to help people give real recognition wherever they work, I’ve been able to conduct research on the essential behaviors effective managers do well in giving employees authentic recognition.
I identified a total of 40 behaviors observed in people recognizing one another. These were grouped into 5 categories or domains to help us focus people more clearly on the different types of behaviors.
Then we solicited experts in the field of employee recognition to rank these behaviors by how important they were and the level of positive impact they had and how frequently effective recognizers used them.
What I want to do for you today is give you just the top 5 behaviors that if you will implement and improve upon will make you a better recognizer of those around you.
Are you ready? (more…)
There are lot of things that can stop us from giving people the recognition they deserve.
I am going to give you the 5 most common barriers that people have given me as to why they don’t give recognition and I promise not to leave you hanging without some answers.
In fact, you will leave reading this blog post with solutions to overcoming each of these 5 barriers.
Here are the barriers:
- Lack of time
- Not knowing your people
- Don’t know how to give recognition
- No expectation to give it
- Taking good work for granted
Pull out a note pad, open up a page on your touch screen tablet device or computer, and decide what you are going to do to remove at least one of these barriers from your life and vocabulary. (more…)
Recognition Tip #36: Seeking out the unique and unusual.
Keep your eyes wide open for those unique gift items that fit a person’s interests perfectly. Or you might find a gift or knick-knack that is associated with the positive actions the person displayed, their wonderful attitude, or the achievement you want to recognize. These items are like finding recognition gold!
Sometimes you have to plan recognition in.
Make time to get out and catch people doing things right and acknowledge them for what they are doing. Or simply follow through on email or verbal reports passed along to you of great performers and commend them right away. Create a network of recognition champions who become your recognition “field agents” helping you capture positive behaviours worthy of your immediate recognition.
Put a small time block in your calendar, each day where possible, and pause and think who should be thanked or recognized that you might have missed. Great acts sometimes require a little planning.