Guidelines for Employee Recognition

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By:Beth Flynn, Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
  • Personalize recognition. Individuals, not groups, do work.
  • Make recognition motivating, not embarrassing, for star performers. Make those recognized part of an elite group - don't focus on the solo star.
  • Keep recognition a surprise, not routine. When employees become conditioned to expect rewards, they feel disappointed when they aren't acknowledged.
  • Make it clear why the person deserves recognition. Praise the specific performance, skill, judgment, expertise, or accomplishment.
  • Share stories with your group to help them understand the impact of their work on both internal and external customers. Show them that their work makes a difference!
  • Make the recognition personal and heartfelt.
  • Vary the reward (p. 116-117)."

What do you do to recognize your employees?

From: Booher, D. (2017). Communicate like a leader: connecting strategically to coach, inspire, and get things done. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 5:15am -- Beth Flynn

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