They are the most valuable possessions in the world to the people who receive them.
Awards straddle between recognition and rewards in that they recognize an individual or team and may include a trophy and a reward. For what we will discuss here, they also provide a means to publicly honor the best of the best either through earned merit, length of service, or through an adjudication of a nomination.
People will dress up for award events. They may even take the day off to prepare. People look forward to awarding ceremonies for weeks ahead.
You should know by now that award presentations are a big deal and so you had better get them right. Here’s how to prepare to give an effective award presentation.
Like any tool, recognition programs are only as good as the people that use them.
And therein lies the problem. It isn’t the programs per se, it’s the people. That’s why it is essential that you create a people strategy to use your programs better, besides having a recognition program strategy.
Look at the following areas of direction you may need to take.
One issue impeding recognition managers from initiating a recognition strategy is having the full support of their senior leadership.
Before undertaking the creation of a written recognition strategy and plan, you must operate with the full blessing of the leader you report to. Your leader knows all that is going on in the organization. They can tell you some of the direction happening. They will know what to beware of, or at least to be mindful of.
So, let me give you five ways to get your leader’s support for your recognition strategy.
What if you have already learned how to give amazing recognition? You are a great observer of catching people doing things right. When you find someone and their actions merit recognition, you seem to express recognition just the right way.
And then, somehow, it all falls flat when the recipient of your recognition says something like, “Oh, it was nothing!”
Negating positive words of recognition from people is a problem. This is something you should stop. Follow these ideas to help limit this negativity.
Giving meaningful recognition is all about learning the science behind recognition and mastering the art of practicing this important soft skill.
A soft skill includes all the attributes and personality traits that help employees positively interact with others and achieve success at work. Recognition is just one of those soft skills to develop.
What learning principles will help enhance retention of the skills needed to give effective recognition to employees? Let’s take a look at some of them.
There are various stages you pass through when using our recognition strategy approach. First, is crafting of a fitting recognition purpose and philosophy statement that is just right for your organization.
Then comes the identifying of the areas you have to focus on following a recognition assessment. All organizations have strengths and weaknesses. Know where to need to focus your energies to improve recognition practices and programs really helps.
But before you identify those focus points, there is one important thing you have to do. You need to declare what your overall guiding objective is to improve the quality of recognition for the year ahead.
Having articulated what this goal is will help your organizational leaders know what you should all be shooting for. And it helps you personally with an additional criterion point to use in making decisions.
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.
I am going to be upfront with you about your traditional online recognition programs. They won’t work for everyone.
For example, social recognition programs, sending ecards, and using typical performance reward programs, will not hit the mark with your high performers, senior leaders, your top salespeople, or other high-ranking professionals.
But there is something very interesting that I discovered about these elite people. They still like to be recognized. Just not the same way as everyone else.
I will share with you what I learned from talking with some of these professionals and high performers.
It became very clear to me that giving a professional point rewards, sending them an award nomination, or giving a $25.00 or $100.00 gift card, was not meaningful to them. They didn’t relate to this kind of recognition
That’s when I learned something very important. Your traditional recognition and reward programs are appreciated by the 80% majority of your employees. But they will not appeal to a private banker, the top pharmaceutical salesperson, or the executive vice president of finance.
However, there are still some tremendous ways to recognize them. And I am going to share two simple methods with you on how to recognize these high performing professionals.