It is always fascinating to see the written posts that resonate the most with readers and I often make some attempt to analyze the reasons why.
Below are the Top 10 Authentic Recognition Posts for 2017 in ascending order.
In 10th place was the You Have to Believe in the Worth of People First.
I think recognition always begins with seeing the value in people first as well as the contributions they make. It was nice to see this post end up in the Top 10 ranking. Are your people truly appreciated for who they are and for what they do?
Perhaps, because I am a Sherlock Holmes fan, it was fun to see this post on the list. Good recognition givers must learn to be good detectives to scout out information that can be used to personalize the recognition experience the best way possible.
In 8th position is 5 Special Ways To Relive Your Recognition Moments
Making memories and having the recognition moments live beyond the fleeting presentation or exchange of words is essential. Here I give some ideas you can use to orchestrate recognition experiences and make the magic last.
Following up in 7th position is 7 Simple Ways Leaders Can Improve Recognition
We don’t often stop to examine the significant impact organizational leaders have on making recognition practices happen or not. Drawing upon positive leader examples for giving meaningful and effective recognition is what we all need to be looking for. Check out these ideas and apply them where you work.
Then came in 6th place How To Increase Employee Recognition Program Participation
I often get asked about how recognition program owners can increase the participation levels in using the programs. While not a quick fix issue, if you follow these suggestions, you’ll bound to see the numbers improve.
Consider the 5th place Do Your Leaders Give Feedback The Right Way?
Giving meaningful feedback is just one form of effective recognition that employees are continually seeking. But are your leaders giving feedback the right way? Do they understand coaching and behavioral principles?
Check out 4th position ROI to the Power of 3 on Employee Recognition
Most organizations struggle with how to prove the ROI of their recognition programs. While you obviously have to validate the financial investment made in funding recognition programs, there may be some other areas to consider too.
You’ll find 3rd place interesting with A Short History of the Origins of Recognition
I was surprised this post made it as high as it did. But I think there is a genuine curiosity as to the origins of where employee recognition even came from. If you missed this one it is well worth reading to understand where we are today.
In 2nd place How Leaders Sometimes View Employee Recognition – May 10, 2017
Perception often forms reality. If your leaders see recognition as a positive and strategic tool for valuing people and lifting performance, recognition will flourish. But if they see recognition as just “touchy-feely” stuff and as an expense, well you may have a hard time building a case for recognition practices and programs.
And, finally, in 1st place Why Recognize Them When They’re Just Doing Their Job?
Unfortunately, this post’s title is a question posed by a few, strongly opinionated individuals, who often sway others to their way of thinking. I counter this point of view with some research and perspective that should help you whenever you are asked the same question.
Let’s see what 2018 brings to the forefront and what recognition principles and practices are most popular this year.
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