How Creating Pithy Worded Thoughts Teach Recognition Principles

They define an axiom as “a self-evident truth that requires no proof” in certain contexts (“your employees are your greatest asset; treat them that way.”) 

They define a maxim as a wise saying (“pick a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”)

You can teach volumes with just a few words to get your recognition message across to people. And sometimes that is exactly what you need to teach people how to give Real Recognition™ the right way wherever they work. 

Consider the following two business axioms and maxims.

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How To Use Microlearning To Gain Better Recognition Traction

All organizations struggle with gaining the proper usage of their online programs. It could be HR programs related to benefits or health and well-being, collaborative software tools, or online learning libraries and learning management systems. 

Same goes for getting leaders and employees to access and use your recognition programs on a regular and frequent basis. And then when they do get on to your recognition portal, are they giving effective and meaningful recognition to one another? 

That’s when a call goes out for microlearning! 

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Show Me How To Give an Effective Award Presentation

Awards are wonderful things. 

They are the most valuable possessions in the world to the people who receive them. 

Awards straddle between recognition and rewards in that they recognize an individual or team and may include a trophy and a reward. For what we will discuss here, they also provide a means to publicly honor the best of the best either through earned merit, length of service, or through an adjudication of a nomination.  

People will dress up for award events. They may even take the day off to prepare. People look forward to awarding ceremonies for weeks ahead.

You should know by now that award presentations are a big deal and so you had better get them right. Here’s how to prepare to give an effective award presentation. 

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Principles of Learning That Will Help People Retain Recognition Skills

Giving meaningful recognition is all about learning the science behind recognition and mastering the art of practicing this important soft skill. 

A soft skill includes all the attributes and personality traits that help employees positively interact with others and achieve success at work. Recognition is just one of those soft skills to develop. 

What learning principles will help enhance retention of the skills needed to give effective recognition to employees? Let’s take a look at some of them.

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Tell Me Something New You Have Learned About Giving Recognition

One of the great lessons you can learn as a recognition leader is finding out what other people have learned themselves after recognizing others. 

You can gain this through a self-reflection exercise after employees have learned how to give recognition. Have them write notes in a journal or record them online. Teach employees how to give memorable and meaningful recognition. Then they need to put those skills into practice back at on the job. Follow up with them a month later. You find out how they did and what they discovered.

Ask learners what they achieved with their recognition goal. Ask them to relay exactly what they learned from doing the exercise, too. 

Here are some insights gleaned from some of these self-reflective ponderings I have collected. 

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A Dozen Ways To Educate People on Using Your Recognition Programs

Teaching people how to use your recognition programs takes time and effort. And the education opportunities are best if you repeat them in different ways at various times.

Try to set up the following ways to educate managers and employees on using your recognition programs. 

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Overcome Cultural Differences With The Right Recognition Training

I often get asked about dealing with recognition in different countries and my experience with teaching people how to get recognition right. 

So, what about cultural differences? Do you have to teach distinct behaviors to people from each country? 

My observations may surprise you. 

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Do You Know How Much Great Recognition Means to Staff?

Research is a fascinating thing to do.

It allows you to ask the questions you are curious about. You also get to ask those questions of people in the real world and find out answers. And you can even go further, if you really want to. You can compare your findings with other groups of people and see if there are any correlations. 

I love to ask questions about employee recognition. 

So, I ask you, do you know how much great recognition means to people?

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Teach People One Recognition Behavior At A Time

Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses in the plethora of skills needed to make a successful workplace. 

Yet, with recognizing people, many think that all you have to do is say, “thank you” and you’re done. 

The fact is that there are oodles of behaviors to discover and learn about with giving recognition the right way. And that’s why I recommend you learn one behavior at a time. Get some mastery behind each behavior and become a confident recognition giver. 

Are you ready? 

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How To Engage All Employees In Using Your Recognition Programs

Too often we rely on lines from Hollywood movie scripts that say things like, “If you build it, they will come.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t work very well when it comes to recognition and reward programs.

Look at the following ideas to consider when you want to engage all, or more of, your employees in using your recognition programs.

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