Recognition of our good work is a powerful psychological motivator for everyone because we all want to see ourselves in a positive light. Praise and recognition are a fundamental human need, but are all too rare and given badly by most. This is one of the big tragedies in our society. I have seen it in workplace after workplace during my career. Invariably, good recognition creates big benefits for all who give and receive it.
Some of the most financially successful people I have ever encountered have been driven by this urge for other people to acknowledge their value. My first job was with Bond Corporation, in its founder Alan Bond, a flamboyant millionaire who was one of the richest men in Australia. Of all people, he didn’t seem to need validation of his worth. But late one night at the company’s boozy New Year’s Eve party I saw him seeking approval of all those around him, including young recruits like me. He had just bought a very pricey home and was keen for staff to tell him how great the home was. It was a telling moment. He was still just like most of us in seeking recognition; in fact it was probably a major factor in his drive for success.
If you give due recognition for good work you will earn respect as a leader. If you do it at work you will increase the satisfaction and productivity of those who are touched by it. What’s more, you can recognize others at no financial cost! Recognition can be given informally or in formal corporate programs. Alway be mindful that good recognition creates big benefits.
Some of the benefits that employee recognition creates are:
In his blog, expert US business coach, Marshall Goldsmith, has also outlined a systematic way to give recognition to deserving people, including family and friends, not just work colleagues. He says this is a guaranteed formula to work. Try it and see how you go:
My article, “Employee recognition is important: here’s how to do it well” is worth reading to give you an broader viewpoint on this important topic for workplace application. The bottom line is that bosses should give employees more recognition. What’s more, team praise, peer-to-peer recognition programs and praise of bosses also comprise employee recognition that powerfully lifts workplace morale and productivity. You can learn more about how to give recognition in the free articles on that topic in my website and in my eBook: How to create a top employee recognition program.
By Silvia Arto, Vice President of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management, Chair of the European Regional
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