Employees know if you are an exemplary leader at giving recognition.
They even tally up in their minds who you have recognized and who you haven’t. You’ll find there is a collective psyche that calculates if you have a positive or negative relationship strength with your employees or not.
The quality and level of this relationship strength affects how recipients and peers perceive the recognition.
Are people watching how you recognize employees? What would their observations say about the recognition you give to people? How do you measure up in the eyes of your employees?
When I phoned overseas to my Dad in the South of England, I would often ask him how he was doing. His standard reply for many years was, “I’m fine…it’s the others.”
Recognition giving follows a similar pattern to my father’s response to life.
You can actually give genuine recognition to someone for their demonstrated actions or results. But, does the recognition you give to one person have any impact, positively or negatively, on the other employees who work with that recipient of recognition? (more…)