How good are you at giving recognition? Do you feel like your attempts to praise and acknowledge people are hitting the mark?
Maybe you are already good at appreciating people for who they are and recognizing them for what they do.
Each of us will be naturals at recognizing people or have a lot of things still to learn. But what is good for those of you, who feel they are not so confident or competent at giving recognition, is that recognition is a learned behavior. Phew! We all have a chance at getting better at this skill, which is a highly ranked need of employees.
Consider your own strengths and weaknesses in giving meaningful and effective recognition. Do you know what you do well? Where should you begin? (more…)
I am drawing on the principles from Bob Rosen and Emma-Kate Swann’s book Conscious: The Power of Awareness in Business and Life. The opening premise of their book is that being unaware is a big liability.
They highlight some of the observed behaviors that are caused by a lack of conscious awareness. Think about the following actions and see if you’ve experienced any of them too.
- An unintended (or so they said) offense given to a colleague.
- Ignoring a customer’s valid complaint about a product.
- Blindness to the personal needs of a team member.
- Lack of compassion for a child’s concern shared at home.
- Uncivil remarks made in a management meeting about a leader.
Research from Tasha Eurich, an organizational psychologist, indicates that only 10 to 15 percent of us are ever truly self-aware of what we do and our abilities.
Why aren’t we changing with giving people the recognition they deserve? From my observation, a lack of awareness of the importance and value that employee recognition has on people’s lives is a big reason why it doesn’t happen frequently enough. (more…)