Recognition is a quality that says a lot about a person just by its description. And within an organization, this straightforward action will not only identify but also shed light on any employee’s potential. Ask yourself when you last received recognition. I don’t mean generic praises like those bestowed by the Master of Ceremonies at a wedding; I mean genuine acknowledgment. When was the last time you received praise for a task completed? And how did you feel at the time it occurred?
As an employee, you may experience a variety of emotions, including excitement, adventure, fulfillment, fun, fear, fatigue, tension, and frustration. Thousands of workers yet continue to work at their positions despite the fact that it makes them unhappy. This may be for a variety of reasons, including stability, fulfillment, advancement, money, etc. One factor that has consistently boosted job satisfaction is recognition.
Recognition Boost Employee’s Potential
Recognition can help identify and maximize potential, according to studies and practical experience. Receiving praise for leading a team exposes you to your managerial skills while praised for a speech you gave at an event alerts you to your public speaking skills. And since managers lack this ability to recognize skill, accomplishments, progress, and milestones, employee potential is declining. But there is still hope. Recognition is a skill that is learned, just like any other, and I’m here to teach you.
By applying these tips in your managerial roles, you can help improve employee potential by over 50% and boost employee retention and morale for a more successful business.
Start Recognizing Today
When it comes to recognition, it is best to do it in real-time. The sooner you recognize good behavior amongst your employees, the sooner other employees will adopt the behavior hoping for a positive review. Take note of the project that is active and who is working on it, ask for updates from team leaders, and you could even task them with letting you know specific employees that deserve recognition. You can try sending little vouchers to employees to congratulate them on milestones reached or even e-cards to say a job well done. Every little bit counts!
Tie Recognition to Your Company’s Culture
One of the major reasons’ companies have great company culture is because it is laced with positive reinforcement. A culture is formed by what is celebrated and your employees need to be infused with this. By celebrating employees that achieve certain heights in accordance with the company culture, you shine a light on the culture of the company and succeed in lacing it with good connotations.
Recognize What is Ignored
It is very easy to only notice the big achievements like a promotion, but a great manager also looks out for the little things. Here, I am referring to the little achievements that employees work hard to achieve. Letting them know that you pay so much attention to them that you see their “little wins” tells your employees that you care enough to see them.
Take the time and make the effort to stay updated with employees and what they’re working on. And if you’re unable to notice it all, you can delegate to your assistant or to other managers so it can be a collective effort which will also serve as team building.
Be Creative & Personal
When recognizing your employees, do not be generic. Make the effort to be intentional, creative and personal about your recognition.
For example, if you are recognizing a team member who likes listening to music for adding a new client to her portfolio, buying her a new set of headphones would make her feel loved and appreciated. Or celebrating your janitor who has dedicatedly cleaned the office for 10 years with a financial gift would go a long way. Make the means of recognition something they won’t forget. This will make said employee feel more connected to the brand leading to more dedication and improvement in the area they were recognized for.
When recognizing an employee, ensure you recognize them for a specific job. Recognizing someone goes beyond saying well done for doing a good job – be specific and give details. For example, instead of sending an e-mail saying, “Great job on acquiring a new customer”, say “On behalf of the company I would like to congratulate you on proving yourself yet again in your ability to acquire new customers. We look forward to more achievements in your career. Here’s a gift voucher to get those cups of coffee you love so much.” I guarantee you that employer will come to work the next day feeling appreciated and empowered to acquire new customers. Also, other employees will get to hear about the rewards which will encourage them to explore their abilities more. This will lead to discovery and exploration of new potential.
Every employee has immense potential for new skill sets and abilities locked within them. And it is part and parcel of their job in your company to explore those hidden potentials for their benefit and yours. A manager’s role is to help facilitate this discovery by any and every means possible while they’re working for you. And a great way to start is through recognition!