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.
Be a positive emissary for recognition.
Talk up the positive power of reinforcing people’s actions and encourage others to recognize those you work with. The most powerful weapon against negativity towards employee recognition is speaking positively about it. It’s so much more fun to emulate a positive attitude by setting the right example.
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.
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.
Make recognition as visible as possible.
Make your recognition successes a visible experience – always with the permission of the people involved. Share stories of the positive behaviours and actions employees demonstrate to help reinforce similar results from others. Use all of the available communication channels. Create cascading email blasts throughout the company. Put things front and centre in your newsletter and on your intranet or recognition program website. Use LCD screens, posters, tent cards and storyboards to get the messages out. Do all you can to spread the word. Recognition works!
Give people the big picture they need.
Sometimes you can’t see how your efforts are making a difference. This is the same for your employees too. Tell employees how their actions impact organizational objectives and customer satisfaction. It is
equally important to recognize the small actions that make an impact. Often we are looking for the “huge” achievement to recognize people for. But the reality is that great achievements are often the result of a compilation of consistent, small, positive behaviours. Make the connection for people when giving your recognition.
Instant recognition really does mean right away.
Don’t delay in acknowledging someone for their positive contributions. Waiting for the perfect moment to make a recognition presentation may actually cause you to miss out on the real opportunity of creating your own perfect recognition moment.
Don’t miss out on making someone feel valued or acknowledging his or her achievements.
Be consistent with your recognition.
People will always be watching
you! Do you recognize people at all? How do you show your appreciation for people and their contributions? The key is making recognition giving a consistent practice. This will become easier as
you start to make recognition a part of your everyday work experience. You’ll start to be subconsciously aware of people and their positive actions. You will be on the lookout for recognition opportunities. Take advantages of these occurrences when they present themselves and start creating patterns of consistent recognition giving.
Reward people commensurate with the achievement reached.
When a person makes a significant achievement make sure you give them the most appropriate level of gift that fits the level of the performance reached. For a small achievement instant recognition is often very affordable which enables you to recognize people more often. For a much larger achievement select an award that is most symbolic and meaningful of the behavior you are recognizing an individual for. Or acquire a gift or reward that has a much higher value than a small gift of appreciation.
Really show you care with your recognition.
Have the most meaningful people present when you give a person any form of recognition. Of course, you don’t need to organize
a formal banquet to create a memorable recognition occasion. Why not plan to have a few of the recipient’s closest friends there. Find out which fellow co-workers should be invited as well to help heighten the recognition experience. Take the extra time to make recognition special.