Employee Recognition Basics
10 December, 2014
EMPLOYEE...RECOGNITION. This is the timely, informal or formal acknowledgement of a person's or team's behavior, effort, or business results that support the goals and values of your organization, AND which has clearly been beyond normal expectations.
To be really effective in your job, you need to understand the psychology of praising others for their good work, to apply the principles of employee recognition yourself, and to encourage others to initiate it in their working relationships.
Appreciation is a fundamental human need. Employees respond to appreciation expressed through recognition of their good work because it confirms their work is valued. When employees and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rises, and they are motivated to maintain or improve their good work.
Praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace. People want to be respected and valued for their contribution. Everyone feels the need to be recognized as an individual or member of a group and to feel a sense of achievement for work well done or even for a valiant effort. Everyone wants a 'pat on the back' to make them feel good.
There are two aspects of employee recognition. The first aspect is to actually see, identify, or realize an opportunity to praise someone. If you are not in a receptive frame of mind, you can easily pass over many such opportunities. This happens all too frequently. The other aspect of employee recognition is, of course, the physical act of doing something to acknowledge and praise people for good work.
Employee recognition isn't rocket science- it is an obvious thing to do. Despite the unquestioned benefits arising from employee recognition, one of the mysteries of the workplace is that recognition invariably is done poorly, if done at all. Managers/Supervisors need reinforcing and coaching. Employee recognition remains an undervalued management technique.
Determine what you are doing right and wrong. One thing you can do is to ensure there are questions on employee recognition in your organizations' employee surveys. The results can be used to prove the need for greater employee recognition.