The Power of Recognition

Jack Welch (former chairman and CEO of General Electric (GE) for nearly 20 years) had unusual procedures. He personally sent their employees congratulation notes that they were highly valued. The notes were written by the leader of the organization and recognized the work done. In his 25 years as head of GE, he always knew the importance of recognizing their employees’ work. Mr. Welch was sure that by giving recognition where it was needed could instil motivation in their employees, thus achieving the company’s goals.

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Recognition is something that we have kept in mind, always. Giving credit to colleagues and teams members has been a key point in my work. I can say with confidence that recognition is one of the most important factors in employee motivation, and (in many cases) is even more valued than salary or promotion.

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Despite the evidence that recognition motivates employees and increases their performance, many managers do not practice this skill. I always ask it to myself, “Why not?”

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Many managers feel that giving recognition is not an important part of their job — but this has to change. Managers have to understand that recognition is a tool for reinforcing the company’s relationship with their employees, and it creates positive changes within the organization. When managers give recognition to an employee for their efficient/effective work, they are also reinforcing the organization’s preferred actions and behaviours to prolong.

'Bob, according to our company's management policy, you're just about due for a compliment.'

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Another reason is managers do not feel that employees value the recognition they have been given in the past. Managers need to understand that even though they don’t see the value in giving recognition, it is part of their role that all workers receive recognition periodically. Nothing motivates like success, and recognition is the result of this success. Therefore, when a worker receives recognition for what he does, their performance improves.

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Lastly, typically leaders focus more on telling people when they do something wrong instead of showing that they recognize their work. Positive feedback lets employees know they are valued and appreciated by their coworkers and the organization.

When you effectively give recognition, you are reinforcing the actions and behaviours you want people to repeat the most. An effective employee recognition system is simple, immediate, and powerfully reinforcing.

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A leader makes other people feel important and appreciated. A leader excels at creating opportunities to provide rewards, recognition, and appreciation to his or her staff. A leader creates a work environment in which people feel important and appreciated.

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A simple “thank you” counts as employee recognition, but you can also make employee recognition as elaborate as your imagination can conceive. Recognition is not a scarce resource.

Remember: if you do not begin to meet with those who compete, improve, and innovate within the company, do not expect positive change. Reward the work of your employees. After all, an act of recognition does not have to be expensive to be memorable.

Share in the section below how you recognize the work of your employees, team members and the people that surround you.

Remember: if you do not begin to meet with those who compete, improve, and innovate within the company, do not expect positive change. Reward the work of your employees. After all, an act of recognition does not have to be expensive to be memorable.

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2 thoughts on “The Power of Recognition

  1. Great post Mia – a continuation of our teachings from essential skills for managers class. I have to remember to practice this when I’m in a management role, and realize that recognition is one of the biggest motivators, on both an internal and external basis. Thanks for the reminder, written in a beautiful way!

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