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).
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:
- 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.