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These recognition tips are provided as a courtesy from Cindy Ventrice of Make Their Day!

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There are two questions that good recognition answers:

 

1.      Am I important?

2.      Is my contribution valued?

 

Vague praise really doesn't answer either question. Be specific. Know what your people have accomplished and how it affects your team. Then tell them with enough detail that there is no doubt that they are contributing in a significant way.

 

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Set Clear Expectations

 

Employees want to know what you expect. To determine whether employees have the information they need, ask yourself:

 

   * Have you set measurable goals?

   * Do your team members know how their job fits into your departmental goals?

   * Do they know why their job is important?

   * Are you interested in how the job gets done or are results what really matters?

 

Clarify what you expect because solid expectations create the foundation of meaningful praise.

 

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When your work gets overwhelming and everything becomes a priority, recognition can get a little spotty. It is easy to put it off for later.  Don't. Stay consistent. When there aren't enough minutes in an hour, you need your team more than ever. Show your appreciation and they will reward you with greater effort and loyalty.

 

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A burned out employee once told me, “I had a manager take a recognition workshop. When he returned, he came by my cubicle, and said ‘Good job!' I felt like I had just been checked off his mental to do list.”

 

I wish this was the only time someone shared a story about recognition that seemed insincere. People know whether or not you mean what you say. If they sense that you are simply going through the motions it will damage your relationship and make your entire recognition effort suspect.

 

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People generally love thank you notes and written words of appreciation. They love them so much, in fact, that they hang on to them for weeks, months, or sometimes years!

 

It takes you a few minutes longer to create a note than it does to just tell someone how much you appreciate their contribution. The effort is worth your while.

 

Most employees will refer back to a note more than once. They may share it with their families or coworkers giving your recognition even greater impact.

 

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Pursue Your Dream With Passion!

 
Lee Holliday, CEBS, SPHR, DTM