Give recognition to your teams the right way.

Express appreciation to all team members when a project has been completed successfully. Meaningful recognition comes in so many different packages and team recognition is as important as individual recognition. Make sure each teammate is recognized for their specific, individual contributions. Create a celebratory experience and the resulting team spirit will be contagious.

Let’s talk about recognition. What’s hard about recognition? Why give recognition? How to do it? My guest is recognition expert Roy Saunderson

Posted by Leadership Freak on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

This week I was interviewed by leadership expert, Dan Rockwell. Of course, we discussed my favorite topic of employee recognition. Dan asked some great questions like, what’s the difference between recognition and rewards? What’s hard about recognition? Why give recognition? How to do it? Enjoy!

Why You Should Care More About Your People

Here’s a fact: employees who feel more caring concern and love from their employer and colleagues perform better on the job. Now we’re not talking about romantic love here. This is all about respect, concern, and compassion, or what is being called companionate love.

Do you have policies and practices that promote compassion, caring, and concern, in time of need?

Consider what former Cisco CEO, John Chambers, expected from his staff. He wanted to be notified within 48 hours whenever a close family member of an employee passed away so he could make an appropriate response and action.

What do you do to show care and concern for your employees? (more…)

Give Your Undivided Attention To Give The Best Recognition

 

Have you noticed how some people pretend to give recognition to others but they’re not really paying attention to the person they’re recognizing?

Remember when your mother used to say to you “Don’t talk with your mouthful.” Well, I’m here to tell you today not to give recognition with your hands full. Put down your smartphone or other electronic devices and allow yourself to give your undivided attention so you can give people the best recognition ever.

Think about what you might need to do or become an encourager of others to give recognition with their full and undivided attention. (more…)

Recognition Tip #43: Take time to listen to your employees.

Be all ears on and off work time. Join employees in the cafeteria. Visit and cheer on a company sports team game. You’ll discover gems of interests and expressions of passion for things you would not normally know. You can draw upon these great insights for better ways to recognize your employees.

 

Teach others about the positive impact of recognition.

Be a “recognition revolutionary” and share examples of employees who have benefited and changed from being regularly acknowledged. You have already taken 
the first step by setting the example yourself. Now you must recruit other fellow recognition champions. Help your teammates and colleagues make recognition a part of their everyday experience. Consistent, daily giving of recognition will make recognition an integral part of your organizational culture.

Top 10 Fears Stopping Us From Recognizing Others

 

Many of us can get quite overwhelmed with having to recognize people. For some, it can seem almost fearful. Yet, as Steven Pressfield, in his book, The War of Art explains, “the more scared we are…the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” Which is why I examine closely the Top 10 Fears that hold us back from doing what we all must do…and that is giving others the recognition they deserve.

1. Fear of Rejection. What if you say the wrong things to someone? Maybe an expression of appreciation isn’t received well? No matter. None of the regular things you say on a daily basis are ever perfect soliloquies. Recognition is about others – so give it any way you can. Note that no one ever stops you from recognizing them.

2. Fear of Criticism. Never let any critic hold you back from the art and gift of recognizing others because this comes from inside of you. Let it out! Remember, wherever there are critics there are also encouragers in the wings. Don’t let others stop you from giving people what is rightfully theirs.

3. Fear of Incompetence. Too many people tell me that they don’t know how to give recognition to people, whether verbally or with the written word. The key is to realize recognition is about relationships and that it comes from the heart. Push this fear out of the way and sing people’s praises out loud.

4. Fear of Unprofessionalism. Saying thank you to people and communicating feelings to those who have made contributions is all about them. Recognition is not about professionalism. There are no standards or competency levels to be reached and maintained. You simply have to be yourself with others.

5. Fear of Expectation. There are no little angels from opposing camps on your shoulders telling you what to do or not do or how to share words of appreciation with those you work with. The only real expectation people have is to be respected and valued. Those values alone will let you speak the right words.

6. Fear of Perfectionism. Not one single employee has ever told me how perfect an acknowledgment they received was. The only condemnation heard, is when nothing is said at all. Nada. There is no “one way” to give praise or express appreciation. The perfect thing to actually do is to give freely.

7. Fear of Egocentricity. Oh yes, the fear of doing anything comes right from inside ourselves and limits us from the many pleasurable activities of life. Don’t get too caught up with yourself. Instead, think more about the person needing to be recognized. This is, after all, all about them and not you.

8. Fear of Others. But what will others think if I recognize one person and not the others? Honestly, I’ve heard this way too many times. Don’t ever let “others” both in reality or in your head, determine what you should say or do in any area of your life. Give recognition to one and all and have fun doing so.

9. Fear of Caring. Whoever said it is wrong to care about people at work? We can spend half, or more, of our waking hours at work. It is positive and needful to form caring relationships with others. Scrub this fear from your vocabulary. Instead, use it as a motivational force for caring gratitude.

10. Fear of Weakness. Talking about emotional, warm and fuzzy matters, can be seen by some (especially any macho stereotypic males) as a sign of weakness. The irony is, individuals who have mastered the art and practice of giving positive recognition the right way, are always viewed more positively by other people.

 

Previously published in Incentive Magazine.

Be Careful With The Compliments You Give People

A whole year has gone by and it’s March 1st again. I want to wish you a happy World Compliment Day.

Our friend, Hans Poortvliet, from the Netherlands, helped create this special day. He wanted to build awareness of the importance of complimenting people. That was 16 years ago when he started National Compliment Day. Now, the concept has spread so fast it has become an international event just a few years later.

A compliment, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is simply “a polite expression of praise or admiration.”

A compliment might also include a personal commendation, or even a formal act or demonstration of civility, respect, or regard for someone. (more…)

Do You Really Recognize Poor Performing Employees?

Whenever you are dealing with people in the workplace you will always need to address performance on the job.

There are 2 sides of the performance coin. It is either good performance or its poor performance.

With employee recognition, I often get asked questions about recognizing poor performers. Recently, I was asked, “How do you recognize a poor performing employee without encouraging mediocrity?”

You know they have someone in mind when they ask this question. Consider the following questions to help guide you on this subject. (more…)

Practice recognition giving on daily basis.

Strive to give recognition every day to help you gain confidence in this skill. Research shows managers who recognize regularly have higher results from their employees than those managers who are not consistent recognizers. Don’t worry if you stumble through your first few spontaneous recognition expressions. The important thing is, you tried your best, and the next time will be even better. Like anything in life, perfect practice always makes perfect.