Now don’t be bashful. All of you who have ever kept a thank you card from someone please raise your hand.
You are not alone!
Many people continue to keep certain thank you cards they have received even after several years. And the interesting thing is that every now and again they will pull them out, take a peek and read them over and over again. (more…)
Setting up and implementing a rewards program doesn’t necessarily lead to instant success unless it’s done the right way.
Below are the Top 10 Mistakes leaders, recognition administrators and practitioners can sometimes make when designing and implementing the various employee rewards programs in their companies.
Are you ready? (more…)
Recognition Tip #29: Sometimes you have to blow your own horn.
Keep an achievement log and record all your accomplishments, goals reached, new skills learned, projects completed, and challenges overcome. Others won’t do it for you. You will have your own recognition board and it will help to refer to when your performance is being reviewed.
How important is timeliness when giving recognition to employees?
I am going to show you that there is great value in giving timely recognition to your employees.
We asked managers their thoughts on the importance of timeliness of when they gave recognition to their employees. Here is how they responded: (more…)
Your company has grown from the small business it once was to the medium size enterprise you have become.
You even conducted an employee engagement survey this year. That’s when you discovered employees are not feeling valued for the great work they do.
Maybe it is time to invest in recognition programs. This is not your expertise and you want to do what is best for the company and for your employees.
Where do you begin in identifying what the best recognition program is for your company? (more…)
In order to get recognition right where you work you have to start off right with recognizing people.
The key to giving great recognition is in starting.
As Julie Andrews, in her role as Maria, sang to the Von Trapp children in the Sound of Music movie:
“Let’s start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with A-B-C
When you sing you begin with do-re-mi.”
Consider the seven recognition starters below in your recognition responsibilities. (more…)
A colleague at work described an interesting situation to me about a company fixated on awards.
It seemed the person responsible for purchasing awards and managing recognition was only looking at and talking about tangible goods.
They were looking at merchandise and all the different formats for awards, crystal, plaques, paintings, and sculptures – you name it, Rideau can provide exactly what they wanted.
But do you really start with awards? (more…)
When I phoned overseas to my Dad in the South of England, I would often ask him how he was doing. His standard reply for many years was, “I’m fine…it’s the others.”
Recognition giving follows a similar pattern to my father’s response to life.
You can actually give genuine recognition to someone for their demonstrated actions or results. But, does the recognition you give to one person have any impact, positively or negatively, on the other employees who work with that recipient of recognition? (more…)
Prepare yourself when recognizing people.
Take time to do some advance preparation before recognizing someone. Even think out
or write down some notes about what you will specifically thank or appreciate the individual for. Impromptu public speaking comes naturally to very few – and that’s okay. A few well thought out sentiments prepared ahead of time will take the pressure off you as the presenter and make the person and their positive actions the focal point of the moment.
Does your recognition sound hollow? Has anyone shared how your recognition doesn’t come across as meaningful to people?
Maybe you need to pay more attention to your voice.
How you sound when speaking to people can affect their perception of you. Your tone of voice can also influence how they interpret what you say. (more…)