One area we haven't explored too much is around recognition. How are you recognizing your staff for good and exceptional performance? I wanted to share with you a short post from last year's Biz Toolkit focus on Recognition:
"As a professional, how much time do you spend recognizing your staff and acknowledging their achievements. The topic of recognition can be a very personalized one, and not everyone is going to value the same things or even find recognition always positive. Consider these scenarios:
* A very introverted member of staff who is extremely shy and likes to stand behind the scenes is acknowledged publicly in a full organization meeting for their achievements and is asked to stand up to take credit. What do you think the impact is for them?
* One of your top performers is given the task to leading yet another special project. This one with high visibility. This comes as they are just winding down a year long other high visibility project, and after they have indicated that they are looking forward to being able to focus more on their core tasks as they have some evolving elder care responsibilities for one of their parents. What do you think the impact is for them?
What do you use to recognize employees? Recognition programs will vary from company, to company, dependent on the industry, size, and whether an organization is unionized or now.
Here are some possible recognition possibilities:
- Gift cards
- Staff/team lunch, BBQ
- Special sporting event - tickets or participation
- Time off
- Public acknowledgement - by email, in company newsletter/publication, in a presentation
- Hand written card of thanks
- Note on file for achievement
- Take them out to lunch
- Give them a gift so they and their family can go out
And of course, a simple thank you!"
Before the year is up, make a note around what you want to do to recognize your team during 2015.
Have a great week
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Supporting Team Leaders to do their best work, one conversation at a time
Coaching | Teamwork | Leadership
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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