Use Individual-based Recognition Instead
of Group Recognition
Every year most employers provide group
recognition to their employees in the form of lavish holiday parties, gift
turkeys, or cash bonuses. Everyone receives the politically correct same amount
of recognition for his or her loyalty and good performance.
However, as well intentioned as this might be,
individuals often perceive this type of recognition as meaningless. What they
want instead is personal recognition for their own individual contributions.
Accompany Individual Bonuses With an
Appropriate Personal Message
Organizations that merely mail bonus checks to
their employees are missing out on an excellent opportunity to really show them
their appreciation. The check should be accompanied by a personal visit from
the supervisor or senior manager during which personal thanks is provided. If
this is not possible, at a minimum there should be a personal note of thanks
attached to the bonus check. The note should contain specific details.
Provide Immediate Rather than
Although it is customary to provide recognition
at certain times of the year, it is better to catch people in the act of doing
good things and provide them on-the-spot recognition. It is then much clearer
to the employee exactly why they are being praised.
Words Can Be At Least As Effective As
Annual bonuses such as cash are often viewed by
employees as entitlements and not as personal recognition for their good work.
The bonus therefore has little positive effect. Sincere, heartfelt, praise
clearly articulated and provided at the right time is much more powerful.