Recognizing Your Employees: Part 1 of 2

Personal growth January 29, 2016 By First United Bank

"When someone comes along who genuinely thanks us, we will follow that person a very long way.” – Alan Loy McGinnis

What is employee recognition? It’s the acknowledgment of an individual’s or team’s behavior, effort, and accomplishment supporting the organization’s goals and values.

Why is it so important? Because it …

  • Lets them know their work is valued and appreciated
  • Gives them a sense of ownership and belonging in their place of work
  • Improves morale
  • Enhances loyalty
  • Helps build a supportive work environment
  • Increases motivation
  • Increases retention

Think about the first time you were recognized on the job for going above and beyond.

What about that moment was so distinctive? Why did you recall that moment so specifically?

In order to successfully recognize someone, make sure your acknowledgement is:

  • In the moment and specific. When recognition is spontaneous yet timely, employees will know exactly why there are being recognized and will appreciate it more.
  • Heartfelt and sincere. Don't just go through the motions. Make sure it is memorable and meaningful.
  • Tied to their perception of value. Let them know how their efforts made a difference.

“People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition.” – Dr. Bob Nelson

Recognizing effort and achievement is self-reinforcing. When you do a good job of recognizing your employees, they tend to perform better and that gives you even more achievements to praise.

By First United Bank