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Quick recognition template

Our recent blog post showed that employees desire more appreciation and recognition, so here is a quick template for you to develop your own semi-formal recognition program.

(If you involve your team members in the development process, we will give you bonus points).

•List 3 ABC’s (ABC- attitudes, behaviors and contributions) that would improve your internal team work
•List 3 ABC’s that would improve your customer care
•List 3 ABC’s that support your organization’s core values
•Communicate list of 9 ABC’s to your employees (team meeting? poster on the wall?) and what you plan to do with it
•Make a list of when you can recognize at least one employee publicly for demonstrating one of these ABC’s
•Invite team members to recognize each other when they witness an ABC
•Take one minute to recognize an employee privately if you witness a great ABC
•Schedule and recognize based on your plan

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What Managers Think Employees Want

In a study by the Labor Relations Institute of NY, managers selected what they thought employees valued most, and then asked employees what they valued:

Manager /Employee rank- Job Reward      

  • 1/ 5- Good wages
  • 2/ 4- Job security
  • 3/ 8- Promotion and growth
  • 4/ 9- Good working conditions
  • 5/ 6- Interesting work
  • 6/ 7- Personal loyalty to workers
  • 7/10- Tactful discipline
  • 8/ 1- Appreciation for work done
  • 9/ 3- Sympathetic help with personal problems
  • 10/2- Feeling “in” on things

You can see that the TOP 3 for employees were listed as the BOTTOM 3 in the eyes of managers. Hmm.. I wonder how much time and effort these managers put into these “bottom” rewards if they consider such each a low priority?

As a specialist in compensation, we regularly visit prospective clients who are convinced that their organization needs to pay more to attract, retain and motivate their team members. (And some of them do indeed have issues with pay below the market or internally inequitable.)

However, if your pay is fair for the work you expect and compared to others in your organization, one of the best investments you can make in building a terrific team is with recognition.

Recognition is practically free and creates an immediate impact such as:

  • reinforcing company values
  • aligning employee efforts to achieve organizational results
  • appreciating specific employee efforts (then they continue to do these)
  • modeling what ABC- attitudes, behaviors and contributions are valued (others start doing these)
  • creating a positive work environment and culture (as more employees demonstrate the desired ABC’s and are recognized for them)

(Manager Survey Source: Foreman Facts, Labor Relations Institute of NY, 2004)

For a Quick recognition template view our 4/23 blog post

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