Why Is My Recognition Program Not Working?

Perhaps you got lulled in by the 1990s mantra that “if you build it, they will come” when you designed your online recognition program.

The truth is the origin of that quote is a misquotation from the movie “Field of Dreams”. In the movie it is the lead character played by Kevin Costner, who hears the whisper from the cornfield, that “if you build it, he will come”. The “it” refers to a baseball field and the “he” is a long deceased, famous baseball player idolized by the lead character. 

We all know the premise of the quote as it relates to business contradicts basic marketing principles. Establish a need for something first before you ever build it. 

Let’s examine some reasons I have seen for why recognition programs may not be working very well.

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Best Ways To Teach People How To Give Recognition

Every organization wants to have managers and employees do a better job of giving amazing recognition to one another. 

The challenge is educating and train everyone on how to give real recognition the right way wherever they work. 

Which is why it is so important to find out what are the best ways to teach people how to give recognition. We’ll look at lots of ways.

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How To Inspire Others To Become Better Recognition Givers

Do you have leaders in your organization who can inspire others to be a great recognizer of the people they work with?

It makes such a difference when an organization has at least one inspiring leader. 

I am going to share with you tips and ideas for helping your leaders inspire their direct reports to become better recognizers of their employees. 

You might use these ideas as recommendations to share with leaders, as content stimulators for articles you write, or as objectives for educational content. 

Dive into inspiring others to become better recognition givers.

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Do You See What I See With Recognition?

The past year has been a roller-coaster experience for many people. 

And employee recognition got on board the same ride. In many organizations, the number of recognition occurrences measured through online recognition and reward programs tumbled down much lower than normal. 

The whole work-from-home mandate has caused many people to be out of sight and out of mind as far as being recognized for the amazing things they are doing. 

I wonder if you have seen the things I have with recognition this past year. 

Let’s take a look together. 

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How To Get More Consistent with Giving Recognition

Consistency with recognition giving requires adherence to following the same principles, and exemplary practices in expressing recognition and using online recognition programs towards everyone.

You are looking for uniformity through consistent giving of recognition to all employees throughout the organization. 

How on earth does one get more consistent with giving recognition at work? Take a look at these ideas for building in greater consistency.

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How To Make Recognition Giving a Positive Habit

What are the tiny changes you need to make to give better recognition more often to people?

In order to build recognition into your daily routines, you need to develop self-awareness for where recognition can happen. Then you need to develop the automatic habits of putting great recognition behaviors into practice.

This is not asking for tremendous leaps and bounds improvement. All you need to do is break down everything that goes into recognizing someone and then improve those steps by 1 percent. The tiniest margin of improvement added to incrementally will make a big difference.

Time to examine how you can make recognition a habit at your work every day. Dive in! 

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How To Be An Authentic Recognition Leader

If there is one thing I’ve learned about giving meaningful and effective recognition to others, is the fact that it must be authentic. Both the recognition and the giver must be real. 

Imagine the positive influence that can come when a people-leader has learned to be authentic as an individual and a recognizer of others.

Let’s explore how a leader can become authentic and a real recognition giver, too.

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Top 10 Ways to Create a Sense of Belonging for Remote Employees

A recent Gallup survey showed less than half of employees feel strongly that their employers care about their wellbeing. And according to research from Slack with remote employees across five countries, only a sense of belonging was much worse than before the pandemic. Follow these unique ways to create a better sense of belonging with your work-from-home employees. 

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It’s The Everyday Recognition That’s A Problem

It’s time to let you in on a secret I have known for over twenty years.

When I started my business doing consulting and training around recognition practices and programs, I thought I would find all the organizations that had no recognition going on and save the world. It was a poor marketing strategy and no one from those organizations ever hired me. 

The interesting thing was it was always organizations that were doing recognition that hired me.  

It was always the same trigger that brought me in. Organizational leaders would call up whenever their employee engagement surveys came back and showed low scores for the statements or questions related to employee recognition. 

What was the disconnect? Why was it that their employee scores on the recognition questions were so low? 

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How To Reach Out To Recognize More Frequently

With our virtual work from home workforce, it is so essential to connect with one another.

What I can tell you is that the strongest leading indicator to ensure that recognition happens is to reach out to people you work with and truly connect with them. It’s through these informal connections that you will discover the great things that they do. From there the sky is the limit as to the number of opportunities you will have for giving recognition. 

But one thing I still get asked is how are you supposed to reach out in order to recognize peers and direct reports more frequently? There are only so many ways to do this.  

Connecting needs to become a regular part of the way we work virtually. And there are also some fun ways to make connections. Pick a number from the suggestions below and try out one of these ideas in the coming week. 

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