Years ago when I
was leading a church congregation I invited a member to meet with me to discuss
a matter involving their publicly disciplining some of our youth. Ironically,
this individual also wanted to meet with me to discuss a different
We met that
evening, and I allowed them to start with their subject first. Afterward I
dealt with the more sensitive subject I had on my agenda. I can only tell
you it didn’t go over very well. In fact, they didn’t talk to me
for several weeks after.
However, I can
tell you I learned a very important lesson from that experience. And that
is, never mix agendas.
If someone wants
to see you about something, let that be the sole purpose for the meeting. Don’t
add something you have on your mind to the meeting.
In a similar
vein, never mix agendas with your employee recognition strategy either. Stay
focused on creating a recognition strategy all by itself and add nothing else.
Senior leaders are a powerful force for driving recognition giving across the organization. Their attitudes and, hopefully, exemplary practices, become a beacon and benchmark for others to follow–whether good or bad.
Here are three ideas to explore with your leaders to help you elevate recognition in the eyes of all employees. (more…)
Some leaders get it and some don’t. There are those who have strong people skills and understand the value of giving recognition well. Then are the others who question the purpose of recognition and the expense associated with it.
How can you guarantee getting leadership support and their personal commitment to making recognition happen?
Think about the following ten steps before heading into a meeting with a leader or your senior leadership team. (more…)
You typically have leaders who either (1) “get it” as far as understanding the importance of employee recognition and who support you, or (2) those who are totally out in left-field and even become detractors of recognition.
To give a small indication of this challenge, this year’s WorldatWork Trends in Employee Recognition Survey revealed the highest responded reason for not offering employee recognition programs, with 28 percent, was “no support from senior management”.
My own research in the public sector revealed 93 percent of managers stating senior management involvement with recognition was important, while the reality was only 21 percent were ever involved with recognition programs.
Frontline evidence from the same report showed 40 percent of managers and only 22 percent of individual contributors reported their peers were recognized on a monthly or more frequent basis.
Yet you are expected to receive direction from senior leaders on the course of action you’re to take with employee recognition when they might not understand the positive value of employee recognition.
As a manager or owner of employee recognition what are you supposed to do? (more…)
People are getting pretty excited and energetic lately about creating recognition strategies. And for that I am grateful.
Slowly, but surely, more and more business leaders are creating written recognition strategy documents that outline their ideal recognition practices, the recognition programs they feel they need, and an outline of their purpose for recognition, along with any philosophy and principles to guide everyone on giving effective and meaningful recognition.
What follows, of course, is the need for setting short-term and long-term objectives, and creating a plan to address strengths and areas requiring improvement with both recognition practices and recognition programs.
No company I have worked with so far, or had the pleasure of viewing their identified recognition best practices, is perfect at recognition. Every organization can stand to improve recognition in some way or another.
So we are going from the premise that you’ve already written up a recognition strategy document.