One of the standard complaints against recognition that some people make, is if people are doing their jobs, why do you need to recognize them?
A good friend of mine likens this to someone saying, “I love you!” to their partner when they propose to them and then never saying it again. When the partner desperately asks after a year together, “How come you never say how much you love me anymore?” the response is simply, “I told you when I first proposed. Why do I have to say it again?”
It get’s worse when the diehard cynics in the room confront the need for employee recognition by saying things like, “We pay them well enough, what more do they want?”
Yet, for many people, though not everyone, there is an inherent need to feel that they’re making a difference. They want to know that their contributions are valued and appreciated by others.
I am going to tackle this question the best way I can by painting a picture and letting you decide.
Remember the question: Should you be recognizing people when they are “just doing their job?” (more…)