Why The Frequency of Different Types of Recognition Really Matters

Understanding the frequency with which different types of recognition typically occur will help guide your usage of recognition programs and planning to make other forms of recognition happen. These are the elements that you must teach others, too. Then they will use your recognition programs wisely and practice recognition giving more often. 

This is important to remember because each person at work has different expectations of how often they think other people should recognize them. So, there is also a frequency preference to contend with for every employee.

Let me give you an example from a healthcare organization that I surveyed to look at the frequency of recognition and how their employees felt about it.

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Make Sure People Know The Recognition and Reward Options In Your Programs

Clearly inform leaders, managers, and employees of each program offering in your recognition and reward platform.

Unfortunately, not everyone uses all of your recognition programs well. Communicate and educate about program options and their benefits continually.

Sometimes, there’s a mindset that rewards are recognition. When this happens, people give rewards out too freely when expressions of recognition are better suited. And the inverse is also true. If an employee truly excels and goes above and beyond and merits a reward, they end up receiving recognition instead and might feel deflated and unvalued.

When you are dealing with online recognition and reward programs, you must inform everyone what they have available to them.

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Please Show Me How To Recognize People the Right Way

The best way to learn how to give amazing recognition to people that always hits the mark is to have someone show you how to do it. But it is a lot more than being shown what to do. Be an attentive observer of the intricacies that go into meaningful and effective recognition. 

Observe people and look for the emotional imagery they manifest in recognizing colleagues. Describe what you think recipients are feeling based on their reactions to being recognized. At different times, you can stop and ask people how they felt about the recognition received. 

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Why Integrating Recognition Into Your Leadership Development Is So Important

One area repeatedly comes up weak when I assess many organizations on their recognition practices and programs. That missing element is recognition, and they barely touched upon it in their leadership development curriculum. 

True, they may or may not have online education on effective recognition practices. And they might have a few tutorials on how to use their various recognition programs. 

But with educating and training leaders on effective recognition giving, the well is often dry.

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How Often Should You Be Training People On Recognition Skills?

How often should you be training people on recognition skills? 

That’s an interesting question to ponder on. Unfortunately, not enough people ever ask it or even think about it. 

Recognition skills fall into the realm of being “soft skills.” People define soft skills as personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

What should be the frequency of soft skill training, and in particular, recognition skills? 

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Things I Wish I Had Known About Recognition As A First Time Manager

Do you recall when you were first hired or promoted to the position of manager or director of a department? I know I do. It was about three decades ago now. 

There were a lot of new tasks to perform. Many meetings to attend. Several HR functions to complete, such as submitting attendance reports for payroll. Reports of performance metrics to show productivity and efficiency.

Yet not one person instructed me on how to recognize the staff I now managed. Just recently, I was one of them. I had no clue about managing and leading people. I gave my best answers in the interview and they picked me. 

Things I wish I knew about recognition as a first-time manager were some of the following.

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Setting Learning Goals for Managers To Improve Recognition Giving

The wonderful thing about giving employees the recognition they deserve is that the ability to give recognition is a learned skill.

But the only challenge is getting managers to learn the skills they need to give Real Recognition™ the right way wherever they work.

That’s why I am going to outline some ways for your managers to set the right goals for learning how to recognize one another better. 

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3 Things To Be Mindful of When Teaching Recognition Skills

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The times they are definitely a changing.

And if you want to help leaders and staff learn how to give better recognition to one another, you just might have to change with those times. Especially when this comes to learning recognition skills.

According to a Quantum Workplace survey conducted in June 2021, there were 30 percent of employees who considered themselves hybrid employees—working from home and sometimes in the workplace. From this same survey, 35 percent of respondents reported working remotely.

How do these workplace challenges impact how to teach recognition skills? What should you be mindful of in these changing times?

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7 Essential Tips with Creating Recognition Program Tutorial Videos

Creating explainer or tutorial videos to show staff how to use the various features of your many online recognition programs is fun and challenging to make. 

As I am often involved in creating these kinds of videos for our company and for our clients, I thought I would share some insights I have learned along the way. 

Get ready for 7 tips to create recognition program tutorial videos. 

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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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