Keep your eye on the calendar.
When it comes to formal recognition, just how often is often enough? Here’s the scoop: formal rewards—from company milestone awards to performance and service awards—should be presented at least annually to the majority of your team
Blending the home and the office.
Invite the family of a recognized person to
Goofy awards keep work fun.
Create a unique traveling award—we’ve seen rubber chickens, stuffed animals, planks of wood, and all sorts of odd things—that means something to your organization. For example, the person who has the rubber chicken this week was voted the most flexible the week before. Kind of goofy, we know. But these are the types of things that keep work fun.
“Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well, too.”
—David Storey, novelist and playwright
What if football fans reserved their applause for a touchdown or field goal only. No one yelled encouragement. No giant foam No. 1 hands waving in the air. No
The same goes for the office. Don’t hold back recognition until a project’s completion. Celebrate the little
And if you come in with your stomach painted blue … well, good for you.
Remember the times you were recognized?
To do this, schedule time during staff meeting to talk about the times you have been recognized for living the corporate values. Explain how those same values impact your choices today.
The Dirty Dozen of Why We Don’t
EXCUSE NO. 5
Let me see if I’ve got this straight. They perform. You give praise. They perform again. You give praise again. Hoping to get more praise, they perform again. And that’s a bad thing?
Here’s the real problem: generic, perfunctory praise that comes across as insincere. Get involved, be specific and lay it on … meaningful praise, that is.
There’s no better strategy.
When your opinion matters, you matter, and the more engaged you’ll be.
The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance [Updated & Revised]
The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization
All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results
The 24-Carrot Manager: A Remarkable Story of How a Leader Can Unleash Human Potential