Is showing care and concern for our fellow employees an act of recognition or something completely different?
From my point of view, I have defined recognition as mostly an intangible expression of acknowledgement and valuing of an individual or team, for their positive behaviours, their personal effort, or contributions they have made.
By this definition, recognition occurs because:
(1) Some positive action or specific positive behaviors have occurred by an employee on the job.
(2) You feel their actions merit you acknowledging and valuing them for who they are or what they do.
(3) And, unlike rewards, you are not expecting the employee to do something in return just because you’ve recognized them.
So now, in response to a recent question asked of me, do you give recognition to people because they’ve experienced a positive life event or perhaps they’ve had some serious challenges?
Let’s examine this carefully.(more…)