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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How To Overcome Your Reluctance To Give People Recognition

Reluctance in giving people the recognition they deserve comes from a fear of being rejected, and lack of preparation with recognizing people, and not having the proper mindset or the skills to give recognition. Resistance is normal and to be expected. 

If you have reluctance to recognize well deserving peers and staff, you might procrastinate and put off sending an ecard or calling them up to praise them. You might repeatedly over-prepare, such that what you should say or what you should write to express recognition doesn’t happen, and you put it off.

You may second guess yourself and anticipate how you think the recipient will react and respond to the recognition you give them. 

If you continue to ignore your reluctance to recognize those around you, and those who report to you, you could see employee performance bottom out and potentially see staff leave to go work where they will feel better appreciated. 

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Here’s What Needs To Happen To Win an Oscars Award

Yes, the Oscars take place in Los Angeles as usual, but in two different locations. They will broadcast it from the Dolby Theatre, which is where it has been held since 2002, and at the Union Station, a transit hub for the city. 

Winning an Oscars award is totally a numbers game. But the vote represents the endorsement of all your industry peers. 

Membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now well over the 10,000 mark, which increases the voting members into the 9600+ range since they announced last year that agents now get voting rights, too.  

I will share with you exactly what happens in the selection of an Oscars Award winner. 

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Teaching People How To Give Amazing Recognition Takes Time

Is recognition easy to learn? Not necessarily. 

For some people expressing appreciation and recognizing peers comes naturally. But there are a few people where telling others positive things about their actions is both awkward and an uncomfortable experience. 

Teaching your employees how to give meaningful and effective recognition might take a longer time for some of your staff.

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How To Orient Employees To Be Recognition Ambassadors

One of the exceptional assets any organization has with their employee recognition programs is the very employees you recognize, praise and celebrate. 

That’s why I think too many organizations lose out on one of the biggest solutions to advocating recognition practices and higher usage of their recognition programs. Yep, your employees.

Today, I am going to share with you how to enlist small groups of employees to become your recognition ambassadors. And once you have launched these ambassadors within your organization, then employee recognition will never be the same. 

Let’s find out how you can create and orient some special employees to become your recognition ambassadors.

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Continuous Feedback Helps People Learn How To Give Recognition

Giving meaningful and developmental feedback is one of the most effective tools to help people learn how to do things the right way.

And this applies to learning how to give Real Recognition™ the right way, too.

In this post, I will share some essential knowledge gleaned from research that will give you practical insights and principles to use feedback properly. I’ll share what the purpose of feedback should be, how timing plays a role, the effects of feedback and the responses to expect from learners.

Rarely are we taught how to give effective and meaningful feedback.

Take a deeper dive on how continuous feedback helps people learn how to give better recognition the right way. 

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First Things First – Learning How To Give Recognition

Leaders often barrage their managers of recognition with criticism over a lack of participation and usage of their organization’s employee recognition programs.

Naturally, not all organizations have participation problems. Some are exemplary. They have fought hard for that position. It did not come about easily, nor did it happen overnight.

But never let those who do not understand the intricacies and gifts of what it takes to make recognition happen, believe that they are the “real” recognition givers and know exactly what it takes to get full participation with recognition programs. 

Instead, remind them that first things must come first. Teach them how to give recognition one-on-one, whether in person, or by all the communication methods available to them 

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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 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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Use These Amazing Ways To Give Better Recognition

Learning how to give meaningful and effective recognition to people requires awareness of the attitudes and behaviors needed to give recognition that resonates with people. 

While there are plenty of regular practices you can implement to improve recognition giving, here are a few that get neglected or people are totally unaware of. 

Try out at least one of these in the coming week.

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