One of the great lessons you can learn as a recognition leader is finding out what other people have learned themselves after recognizing others.
You can gain this through a self-reflection exercise after employees have learned how to give recognition. Have them write notes in a journal or record them online. Teach employees how to give memorable and meaningful recognition. Then they need to put those skills into practice back at on the job. Follow up with them a month later. You find out how they did and what they discovered.
Ask learners what they achieved with their recognition goal. Ask them to relay exactly what they learned from doing the exercise, too.
Here are some insights gleaned from some of these self-reflective ponderings I have collected.
Heading every organization is a senior leadership team.
They play a critical role in providing strategic and operational leadership for your organization. And they also play an essential role in representing the organizational culture and showing what leadership should look like, by how they interact with one another and with employees.
They often leave your task to “read minds” on how each leader thinks about recognition. Hopefully, you have an exemplary executive sponsor who is a cheerleader and champion for the cause of employee recognition to draw upon.
But in a general sense, how do you find out what each of your executive leaders think about recognition?
manager ever recognized you in a way you really didn’t
While not by my
manager, I can recall twice where people recognized me in not
the best way.
Each of these
poor recognition events proved the person responsible for recognizing me had
done no homework. In addition, it might well have been the individual
transferring their own preference on to how they recognized me. And, I also
think one was a cheap, quick and easy way out.
is I did not feel properly recognized.
Have you seen
employees disappointed or feeling a lack of respect with how they’re
acknowledged and recognized?
We will discover
ways for finding out how people want to be recognized.
alluded to two occasions where I received depersonalized recognition that meant
nothing to me? Let me share those experiences with you so we can learn from
is important to create a persona or profile of the leader or leaders you report
to for when you need to present to them or gain approval on a proposal. Leaders
think differently than rank-and-file employees. It’s these qualities that set
past talks they have given and check out the latest annual reports to gain
insights about them.
to people who know them the best like their assistants and other managers who
have had dealings with them.
Gather details about their background and where they have worked along with the job positions they have held.
their motivations and pain points that will help you understand their
priorities and how they make decisions.
do you know about their personal life, significant others in their life, family
and so forth? What are their hobbies and interest than might give a human
connection for you to relate to?
will understanding your leader’s point of view help you with your
recognition strategy and planning?
Last Thursday, I was standing at the boarding gate in Toronto Airport waiting to board my WestJet flight to Calgary.
I saw this man in a suit, who went around and shook hands with all of the WestJet staff members as he went forward to board the same flight. I even saw one employee ask for a minute of his time as they walked together down the passenger boarding bridge.
Hmm? Was this the WestJet president and CEO, Ed Sims? (more…)
In my work to help people give real recognition wherever they work, I’ve been able to conduct research on the essential behaviors effective managers do well in giving employees authentic recognition.
I identified a total of 40 behaviors observed in people recognizing one another. These were grouped into 5 categories or domains to help us focus people more clearly on the different types of behaviors.
Then we solicited experts in the field of employee recognition to rank these behaviors by how important they were and the level of positive impact they had and how frequently effective recognizers used them.
What I want to do for you today is give you just the top 5 behaviors that if you will implement and improve upon will make you a better recognizer of those around you.
Maybe you’ve seen what I have seen over 20+ years of trying to help many companies get their employee recognition right.
Often I am dealing with managers in the middle – typically from Human Resources – who understand the importance of employee recognition and are trying desperately to rectify low recognition scores reported by their employees on the latest employee engagement survey.
Even their director knows they need to improve this engagement line, which has been doing poorly for the past few years.
The problem is with the most senior leader.
It can be chief executive officer, president, or chief administrator – whatever the title and whoever the person is at the very top.
It was a Saturday and I had our four children all to myself. We were planning to exit the house for a while. This would provide some welcome relief for my wife who was then bedbound with her last pregnancy.
The older children were scurrying around and independently putting on jackets and running shoes and heading for the van.
Our youngest, our 3 year-old daughter, repeatedly asked me for help with tying up her shoes. She quietly said, “Daddy, can you help me put on my shoes?” (more…)