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.
When recognition program owners ask this kind of question, I think they are seeking a one-size-fits-all approach to recognition giving. Whether this is recognition practices of face-to-face recognition or expressing recognition through online recognition programs.
Notice the generalized question asking about “recognition” and to “people”. Those are both very broad terms and very unrealistic.
And I am sure you are lingering to read now exactly how I will answer this question. How much recognition should you give to people?
If there is one thing that will improve the effectiveness of recognition in your organization, it’s certainly giving recognition to people more often. Put the following practices into place so you increase the number of times recognition happens in the lives of your employees.
Designing and developing recognition programs take a lot of thought, planning, and creativity.
The best way I can recommend beginning is to consider the distinct programs falling under a pyramid. And like building most structures, the foundation is critical because it holds everything built on top of it.
That’s why you build your recognition programs from the bottom up.
The question of when to recognize a
person, or whether what they have done merits being rewarded, is a
common issue especially for managers.
I believe you must start with
defining what you mean by recognition and what rewards are first. Once there is
agreement throughout the organization on these two definitions, you will be in
much better shape to guide and prescribe when to use each of them
Employee Appreciation Day is an unofficial holiday (not a day off of work, mind you!) that is observed on the first Friday in March in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is a day for company leaders and managers to thank employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. It was never intended to be the only day you recognize your staff. How can Employee Appreciation Day be a reminder for you to better appreciate the people you work with? Find out how in Top 10 Ways to Leverage Employee Appreciation Day. (more…)
You are probably aware how the Gallup Q12 Index asks a great recognition related question in their measure of employee engagement.
They ask the question, “In the last seven days, have you received recognition or praise for doing good work?”
So let’s pretend your company conducts the Gallup Q12 survey or a similar evaluation tool. A year later nothing has changed with your lack of recognition. What are you then supposed to do then?
I think we’ve created a very dependent and needy world. We are too dependent on our smartphone notifications and automated communications. There’s perhaps an entitlement mentality where we’re thinking others are always expected to do things to us, or for us.
But what if the recognition and praise doesn’t come your way? Is there anything you can do to correct this?
My goal in this post is to put you in charge of getting the praise and recognition you deserve when you want it. (more…)
I never want to lead you astray and say that every time you give recognition it works miracles.
Nope. That’s not always the case.
Don’t ever imagine when you give a person some well deserved recognition that the lights will shine down on them, and confetti and balloons will instantly pour down from the rafters, and your employee will love you forever.
Alas, giving recognition does not always hit the target you want it to.
I am going to share with you just a few of the reasons when recognition just won’t work. (more…)