Recognition is a funny thing. It’s something that we all need to feel good about ourselves, our work, and our lives, but we’re wholly dependent on other people for it. And no one gets enough of it.
So, we want it for ourselves, but we don’t give it to others. This isn’t a conscious thing. We just haven’t built cultures that support the level of recognition that people need. We think a pat on the back now and then, an Employee of the Month award, or a yearly good review is enough. But it isn’t. The high we get from recognition that drives us to keep doing good work and to feel like we are valued is something we need at least weekly. We’ll take it daily if we can get it – that’s why social media likes are so addicting. When was the last time you were recognized this often? When was the last time you recognized people on your team with this frequency?
Genuine recognition is something we need a whole lot more of in our workplaces. It may seem weird and uncomfortable at first, but the more regularly we recognize people, not just for the work they are doing, but just for who they are, the more engaged everyone will be.
Go out and recognize someone today.
A Team Human Conversation
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How does it make you feel to be recognized and appreciated at work?
When was the last time you recognized someone on your team?
How can you start building a culture that supports higher levels of recognition in your team/company?