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.
This study obviously addresses the extreme opposite of such positive practices as employee recognition, and tackles the not so nice topic of bullying.
What the study found was when individuals not directly bullied themselves were witnesses (indirectly or directly) to others being bullied they were more likely to leave their workplace than those directly bullied.
Think about the implications this could have on positive behaviours of praise and recognition. (more…)
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…)