It’s easy to forget that the people we work with do not necessarily need the same amount or type of recognition as the person next to them does.
Recognition is not a cookie cutter formula. How you like to be recognized will not be the same for me, for example. You should make time to find out what each of your colleagues and employees likes, and dislikes, around their desired recognition preference.
Which also begs the question to discover what everyone likes to be recognized for.
Some people have a greater need for validation of their individual worth and their job performance than others do. You will find this is often the case for new and younger employees. The need for recognition will typically reduce as one matures and is longer in a company.
But perhaps you’ve fallen into the default mode of recognizing absolutely everyone whenever they put forth an extra effort or achieve something significant. Were your attempts at giving recognition really valued and appreciated by each individual? (more…)
I am drawing on the principles from Bob Rosen and Emma-Kate Swann’s book Conscious: The Power of Awareness in Business and Life. The opening premise of their book is that being unaware is a big liability.
They highlight some of the observed behaviors that are caused by a lack of conscious awareness. Think about the following actions and see if you’ve experienced any of them too.
- An unintended (or so they said) offense given to a colleague.
- Ignoring a customer’s valid complaint about a product.
- Blindness to the personal needs of a team member.
- Lack of compassion for a child’s concern shared at home.
- Uncivil remarks made in a management meeting about a leader.
Research from Tasha Eurich, an organizational psychologist, indicates that only 10 to 15 percent of us are ever truly self-aware of what we do and our abilities.
Why aren’t we changing with giving people the recognition they deserve? From my observation, a lack of awareness of the importance and value that employee recognition has on people’s lives is a big reason why it doesn’t happen frequently enough. (more…)
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Perhaps you think the idea of asking employees about their recognition preferences is a hard thing to do. Doing so might be the best investment of time you’ll make in connecting better with your employees.
Recognition is such an individual experience that you must encourage everyone in supervisory and management positions to discover how their employee likes and wants to be recognized.
These are some quick suggestions for how to do it and what to ask.
Schedule a 15-minute sit-down meeting for each of your employees and individually ask them about their personal recognition preferences. If they are remote, simply conduct the meeting over the phone or by videoconference.
The secret behind giving more personal and customized recognition is to ask your employees. (more…)
Someone brought up a topic I have heard many times before in a presentation I gave this week.
How do you handle recognizing team members when there is a “rotten apple” of a team member on the team? You know what they’re talking about. They’re referring to the poor performer who is not pulling their weight on the team. Yet, they get included in the positive acknowledgments when the project is done.
The bottom-line? They don’t deserve the recognition lauded on the entire team. (more…)
Our companies have oodles of great employees who deserve red carpet treatment. We need to make sure we celebrate their achievements and recognize their hard work and contributions. Many of our employees quietly, and consistently, perform amazing work behind the scenes. Apply these Top 10 Ways and make your great employees feel like stars. (more…)
It’s the reason I started my company in educating and training managers over twenty years ago. I saw that no one was showing managers how to give meaningful and effective recognition to their employees.
Oh, there were a lot of memos and mandates from on high. Senior leaders would always tell managers to say “thank you” more often. This was always triggered following the latest employee satisfaction or engagement survey revealing low scores with employee recognition.
You probably know the proverb from the Chinese philosopher, Confucius that states, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
This has been the catalyst for why managers can have a hard time giving recognition. Followed through to the end it is also the key solution. (more…)
Find the right time and place for recognition.
Make sure to give everyday recognition at a time that does not interfere with or impede work. And strive to know the individual’s recognition preferences and respect their wishes. Don’t perpetrate a recognition ambush that is totally unwelcomed! Even instant recognition may need to be scheduled into the day – even if only for 10 or 15 minutes. That way all work colleagues and project participants can dedicate their focus on the individual or team. Give the full attention that these recognition moments deserve.
You are probably aware how the Gallup Q12 Index asks a great recognition related question in their measure of employee engagement.
They ask the question, “In the last seven days, have you received recognition or praise for doing good work?”
So let’s pretend your company conducts the Gallup Q12 survey or a similar evaluation tool. A year later nothing has changed with your lack of recognition. What are you then supposed to do then?
I think we’ve created a very dependent and needy world. We are too dependent on our smartphone notifications and automated communications. There’s perhaps an entitlement mentality where we’re thinking others are always expected to do things to us, or for us.
But what if the recognition and praise doesn’t come your way? Is there anything you can do to correct this?
My goal in this post is to put you in charge of getting the praise and recognition you deserve when you want it. (more…)