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Dec 15, 2014

As I’ve written here before, all of us are trained from childhood to be recognition-addicts (and we still are because we’re really those same little kids just in grown up bodies now).

That’s why recognition is such a powerful employee retention technique.

Using all of these types of recognition, both formally (in meetings) and informally (passing in the hall) will keep your best people motivated and on-board:

  • Peer-to-peer;
  • Team-based;
  • Event-based (employment anniversaries, birthdays, etc.);
  • Results-based (for outstanding performance);
  • Social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.).

One caveat: Recognize people the way they want to be recognized. For instance, some would be embarrassed to be the center of attention in a group setting and would prefer to be recognized privately.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.