How To Give Recognition to Teams the Right Way

It’s just as important to acknowledge the teams you work with, as it is to give individuals the recognition they deserve.

But, somehow, because of human nature, and sometimes a lack of proper management, you can end up with team dynamics that impede feeling good about team recognition.

For example, team members often ask the questions, “What if one team member doesn’t pull their weight on a work project and yet their included in the team recognition?”

It seems many issues crop up with team-based recognition. What are you supposed to do? How can you give people on teams proper recognition?

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What Happens When You Recognize A Poor Team Player

Someone brought up a topic I have heard many times before in a presentation I gave this week.

How do you handle recognizing team members when there is a “rotten apple” of a team member on the team? You know what they’re talking about. They’re referring to the poor performer who is not pulling their weight on the team. Yet, they get included in the positive acknowledgments when the project is done.

The bottom-line? They don’t deserve the recognition lauded on the entire team. (more…)

3 Keys To Giving Great Recognition To Groups Or Teams

Many people ask me if there is a right way in how you provide recognition to your groups or teams.

Some of the issues that crop up and cause people to question things with team recognition are concerns like:

  • What if one person doesn’t pull their weight on a group project? What do you do then?
  • Should you never single out individual performance from teams and only give group recognition?
  • Is there a best way to recognize a group of employees?

With tough questions like these it is always good to draw upon principles of human behavior to help answer them properly.

Let’s examine each of the issues raised and see what recognition principles we can apply to address them. (more…)