Employee Recognition: A Powerful Leadership Tool

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Employee Recognition is a powerful motivator

Salaries and wages are compensation … not Recognition!

Recognition is so very important because it is non-financial and personal. And, it is a skill every business leader and manager must learn and master. When recognizing an employee for great performance that praise must come swiftly and sincerely.  The faster you recognize a job well done the more likely it will be repeated.  Reward praise as soon as it is apparent.

Recognition must be truly sincere and targeted (specific to the employee) – this builds credibility. Bestowing praise is an acquired skill. Sincerity comes from being specific. Tell them what you heard, saw, or came to your attention about what they accomplished. This gives credibility to the whole process.

Make the recognition believable. A personal direct phone call, a virtual meet, a face-to-face meet – are acceptable and carry much more weight. It is important to bestow the recognition then stop. Keep it 100% positive. Recognition should not be a common, everyday event. Leaders must use it judiciously. Recognition should become second nature to you as a leader. Recognition can be given individually or for a team effort.

Look for opportunities to acknowledge and be grateful for employees. This is very powerful if used correctly and sends a message throughout the business that people matter. This has a greater impact than almost any other personal perk.

 

By Jim Lavorato

Jim Lavorato is the founder of 4M Performance which is designed to assist businesses to survive and thrive in these uncertain times. Jim launched an entertainment-related company in 1988. He was at the forefront in cinema technology and helped spearhead the movie industry's transition to digital presentation and distribution. He also co-founded the Arboreal Group, an environmental consultancy. He has published articles on the motion picture and media industries and is a contributing editor for ScreenTrade magazine and writes a blog "Cinema Mucho Gusto". He is a certified SCORE Mentor in the SCORE Greater Phoenix Chapter and lives in Scottsdale, AZ. Learn more about Jim in his "About" page.

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