applauding employees’ good work – you can do it
By tim brown
Appreciation | August 24, 2016
Employee recognition is important in every company that employs Millennials, Gen Xers or Baby Boomers (that’s all of us, right?). But how do you know when to give it? How often should you shell out praise? And how do you know what to give and how each employee will receive it? I have been an employer for long enough to know some dos and don’ts of employee recognition. Below are some things I have experienced.
Do recognize often
Positive feedback should be a part of your daily interaction with your employees. (Lather, rinse, repeat, praise.) Constructive criticism mixed with positive affirmation make a good team in the relationship between you and employees. If an employee feels uneasy to present a project because they are only used to receiving criticism, they will be less likely to ask for help or for insights from you. But a positive balance between constructive criticism and affirmation will allow your employees to feel comfortable along throughout their working process. This pattern will get the work done quickly and effectively. Your employees will produce better work as well because they will feel confident in their abilities to perform.
Slow down, Tiger
By expressing appreciation to your employees, you build a relationship of trust with them. Positive affirmation and recognition encourage your employees to continue and improve upon their skills. Recognition is vital in the workplace; however, too much recognition can begin to feel insincere and forced. If an employer only gives recognition because he/she feels it is required, and not necessarily when it’s warranted, employees can start to feel as if their employer is unengaged in their work.
Do recognize people the way they accept it
Two key ways employees can be recognized are publicly or privately. Public recognition is exactly what it sounds like. Public recognition is given in front of co-workers and peers to highlight accomplishments or good work of exceptional employees. But you’ve noticed not everyone likes to be in the spotlight. That’s where private recognition comes to the rescue. This is obviously given in private, providing that employee the satisfaction of success, without making a production of it.
Because every person receives recognition differently, an employer should know which way each of his employees prefers to receive recognition (one more task, but hey). If an employee who doesn’t like attention is recognized in front of the entire office, it may cause them to lessen their work quality so they aren’t embarrassed by being singled out again. Conversely, if an employee who thrives on attention is given private recognition constantly, it may cause them to feel unappreciated because their success isn’t publicly known. Part of effective employee recognition is knowing what will give your employees the most satisfaction in their work.
Do give gifts
Giving gifts is an excellent way to recognize accomplishments. Giving gifts takes employee recognition to the next level. A gift that is given as recognition is more highly appreciated than any other type of gift for many. And you can find a variety of creative gifts to give to help employees feel appreciated. Why a physical gift? Gifts are an indicator of your employee’s value to you and your company. These gifts can be given regularly or occasionally, large or small, expensive or cheap, whatever you feel will make your employees feel appreciated.
Don’t set a high standard you can’t keep up
While gifts are an excellent way to show appreciation to your employees, they should be reasonable. When gifts are overly expensive or outrageous, sometimes employees can start to feel like they are expected. If you give iPads and TVs at every employee party, then the next logical gift is a new car, right? If not that, anything less than the last gift will likely disappoint. So it takes more than one offering. This entire concept calls for a well thought-out plan that is reasonable, measured and meaningful. That’s when everyone wins.