Recognizing Recognition

Have you ever done something, at a past or current job, you were super proud of?

You worked hard and it helped your company. Your coworkers and friends gave the good ol’ pat on the back. Even your family loved hearing about your job well done. It still feels good thinking about it now.  But there’s something missing, the people above you didn’t give you any warm and fuzzies for it, nor publicly give you any kudos.  No matter how you spin it, not getting the positive vibes from the higher-ups takes the wind out of your sail.  If you’ve felt this way…..you’re motivated by recognition.

Employee motivations that quickly come to mind are money, title, flexibility, and time. Sometimes recognition is one of the forgotten employee motivators and of all the motivators, recognition is one of the easiest to fulfill.  It also has immediate effects on individual and team morale.  Simply giving credit for a job well done will increase self-esteem and stimulate replication of the recognized behavior.  Positive reinforcement doesn’t always need to come in the form of receiving something tangible or measurable.  It’s the intangibles, things you can’t get elsewhere, feeling valued and important….that’s what retains great employees and builds loyalty.

So, what are some quick, easy and impactful ways to boost recognition in the workplace? 

  • Email shout outs. With emails being the main means of communication and with busy schedules, a simple yet thoughtful email to your employee praising their efforts will tap into their key motivator.  You can also send an email out to everyone on the team.  Not only will it create a buzz amongst peers but it also creates a drive for others to follow their lead.
  • Impromptu gatherings. Brief respites from the workday are always great and unexpected ones are even better. Take a moment to unexpectedly gather everyone around, have coffee, or even a snack and give out your ‘job well done’ for all to hear.  Those motivated by recognition will feel rewarded and the team’s spirits will be cheerful due to the positive vibes and unplanned break.
  • Drop a handwritten note. Don’t let the feeling of receiving a handwritten note or card become a lost art.  Receiving something handwritten can feel nostalgic and the effort of taking the time to write out your praise is invaluable.
  • Direct Praise. This is the simplest of them all.  When someone is motivated by recognition, ALL recognition counts towards filling their bucket.  A straightforward ‘great job’ and ‘thank you’, in person or over the phone will motivate them to keep up the good work.

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Keep in mind, these aren’t just for those with a higher preference for recognition as a motivator.  EVERYONE can benefit from feeling appreciated and many can benefit from being positively distinguished amongst their peers. So, give credit when it’s due and make sure your employees know they, and their work, are valued.

The Workplace Word in a Nutshell: Human beings are hired, not human resources, show your appreciation for the those making your company thrive.

How do you like to be recognized for a job-well-done in the workplace? 

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Categories: Leadership, People-First

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