Why It’s A Problem When You Say, “Oh, it was nothing.”

What if you have already learned how to give amazing recognition? You are a great observer of catching people doing things right. When you find someone and their actions merit recognition, you seem to express recognition just the right way.

And then, somehow, it all falls flat when the recipient of your recognition says something like, “Oh, it was nothing!”

Negating positive words of recognition from people is a problem. This is something you should stop. Follow these ideas to help limit this negativity. 

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Express Recognition Every Time You Give a Tangible Gift or Award

Sometimes, you and I can fail miserably when we give gifts or awards to people.  

You can have all the best intentions. You checked off everything on your planning checklists and you completed the event tasks. But still the gift or award just sits there. Flat. Meaningless. Non-communicative. 

Just like the service award gift that one recipient had dutifully selected from the online catalogue. Then, only to find it one day still in the original mailing package, plopped in the middle of their work desk. Not a word spoken. Deathly silence. 

Not exactly a meaningful anniversary.

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Don’t Forget to Repeat the Recognition One More Time

This is such an important recognition practice to get a handle on.

Neglect doing it at your own risk. Otherwise, you’ll lose out on your recognition of ever being memorable, meaningful, and motivational. 

What am I talking about? It’s my recommendation that you repeat your recognition one more time whenever necessary. I’ll explain the first time I heard of the problem.

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How To Make Your Recognition More Visible in the Hybrid Workplace

We live in a new work world that is more divided than ever before.

Some of us work in the office, on the plant floor, or out in the field. And then there are others who remain or alternate with, working from home. 

When was the last time you saw or heard a colleague being recognized? Is recognition front a centre in your organization? Are celebrations visible or hidden from view? 

Take stock and see if you can better accommodate the needs of employees in a hybrid workforce. Learn to make recognition more visible to everyone. 

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Simple Ways To Inspire People to Succeed at Work

It may be natural to recognize a person after they have done something extraordinary. But what about motivating someone before they begin a task?

That’s when a little inspiration might help. 

The word inspiration comes from “inspire”, the Latin roots which means to inflame or to blow in to. This is like blowing air over a low flame to make it grow and glow brighter. 

How do you replicate that with the people you work with? 

What does blowing inspiring air over a low flame of an idea look like in the workplace? 

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A Thank You Note That Generated The Biggest Raisin Cookies Ever

It is amazing when you look back at life. You can see root beginnings of getting into the professional field you ended up in.

Where did this interest in employee recognition begin for me? I often thought it was because of my experience in healthcare and seeing the poor effect of non-specific feedback with patients. 

Maybe it had its beginnings even further back. 

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Here Are A Few of The Benefits from Recognizing People

Managers are smart and observant people. When recognized properly, they know exactly what happens to themselves as well as their staff.

They’ve witnessed it time and time again.  

See if you haven’t seen the same kinds of benefits listed below from recognizing people where you work. 

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Why You Should Reach Out To People To Build Positive Relationships

My purpose for this post is to convince you to make some changes. Strive to build positive relationships on a regular basis with your employees. This is an essential practice to develop in order to improve the value of nonmonetary recognition. 

When you have a positive relationship with your staff, you are creating a foundation on which to build employee recognition, employee engagement, and a complete employee experience. This positive relationship strength between a giver of recognition and the recipient helps to enhance the value of the recognition and show the authenticity of the recognition expressed. 

I’m going to share with you some principles to apply in fostering a more positive relationship with your employees and those you work with. 

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How To Write An Amazing Career Milestone Recognition Ecard

Each of us are unique human beings and are truly works-in-progress.

I would never expect that each person who writes and sends an anniversary or career milestone ecard, or any ecard, look exactly the same way. That would make them impersonal and insincere. 

However, the recent experience of reaching my 15th year with Engage2Excel, previously known as Rideau Inc., provided some wonderful insights to learn from with the emails or ecards that I received from leaders and peers alike. 

Let’s look at some messages sent to me and learn some practical principles when expressing recognition in writing on a long-service anniversary.

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