How To Find Out What Your Leaders Think of Recognition

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? 


Why You Have to Get Recognition Programs Right

There will always be horror stories around recognition programs if you don’t start off on the right foot. 

And the irony of it all is the challenges most often come with the misnomer of calling these problematic programs “recognition programs”. Problems with errant programs usually lies when using rewards, be they tangible merchandise, cash, or near cash rewards.

So, get recognition programs right so there is equity and fairness with non-monetary and intangible recognition and tangible and monetary rewards accompanying these recognition programs.

There is also a need for authenticity and inclusiveness with the expressions of recognition given to people through your programs, whether this is by text, spoken word, or video. Recognition must be genuine and sincere in both intent and how it is communicated to a person. We should give regard to all employees who contribute day in and day out and not focus solely on the rising stars whose performance always exceeds the standards of most employees.

Recognition is for everyone.

You must make sure you get your recognition programs right.


7 Steps To Working More Collaboratively With Each Other

There has been a lot of talk, media articles and research lately about the interesting topic of “collaboration”.

Collaboration is simply the practice of willingly working together towards a common goal to meet some specific need for the benefit of the company.

Often, when you think about collaboration, you are immediately mindful of simply working with your colleagues who you are most familiar with.

But the challenge comes when you are forced into situations where you have to collaborate with others from other across different departments or even organizations.

For those of us with children or grandchildren, sometimes this collaboration across departments is like watching kids learning to play together in the same sandbox.

You just might hear some squawking between a few individuals and you could even see some kicking up of sand.

To make it really work, collaboration has some basic requirements that must be followed if you are going to be a successful collaborator.

Consider the following seven items for a smoother collaborative outcome.