Recognition- A must have tool

“Flowers blossom in grand style even when there is no one to admire their beauty. Let’s continue our good work honestly even if nobody recognizes us”

Such words are fantasy now, as the reality is far from this, as more and more companies are keen on having best of the best recognition strategies, it has become quite evident in recent times that such quotes are given no value, let the flower blossom in grand style but our employees’ motivation and morale is so shallow that it needs constant reinforcement.

No, the idea is not to dissuade you all from recognizing the efforts of employees or demeaning the value of recognition but inviting a healthy debate as to why so much importance is being given to recognizing the efforts when you have a good compensation package, healthy work environment and other such things to support the employees. Isn’t it like offering a bribe in exchange for good work?or getting the work done by fulfilling the conditions in a trade.

In fact, there are some managers who erroneously consider that veiling things under the counter is an apposite way to deal with intricate issues. Such Managers are of the view that the employees who remain in their jobs are blessed to be employed, so if they are given additional responsibilities, they must simply accept them or risk being terminated from the so called blessed jobs and yes, you all must have noticed that this may technically be true; but it is also an insensitive way of treating employees.

There are many studies and research which are evident to show how recognition has become an important tool for the morale of the employees. A similar recent study conducted by the Gallup organization found that employee recognition was one of the 12 key dimensions of great a workplace.

Fortune magazine recently featured the “100 Best Companies to work for in America,” based on the information collected by Hewitt Associates.   According to Hewitt Associates, “the 100 Best are all leaders in their own right when it comes to employee recognition.”

People want to be recognized for their hard work and efforts.  By recognizing peoples’ efforts, ardor and hard work, companies are creating an impervious strength and synergy that inexorably impels the success of any company.

Dr. David G. Javitch states that there are six steps that a company can take to motivate its employees. They are:

# staying gracious

# providing clear leadership

# remaining empathic

# showing responsibility

# communicating openly

# recognizing actions

It seems that a great deal of motivation for workers revolves around maintaining effective communication between the boss and the employee. A person needs to feel like the company listens to their concerns and cares. We still give a lot of importance to recognition and clearly ignore the other significant motivational tools.

By creating an environment where all recognition is not unvarying – and executives commend a job well done ‘on the spot’, the key here is timing. When there is a raison d’être for praising someone don’t put it off for any reason! Celerity equals effectiveness. Praise people when the achievement is fresh on everyone’s mind. Leadership can pervade pride in their organizations and make people feel good about the work they do.

Applauding is another form of effective recognition, be in meetings, conferences of the night of Star of the Month..the reward in hand may not be of as much value as the applaud in front of the peers and subordinates not to forget the gracious seniors.

Getting noticed, recognized and appreciated is the key, this is how our minds are conditioned, and even at home we gift a bicycle if our child gets 90% marks….. give a saree on diwali to the house maid and she will be more loyal to you….budgets are of no importance here, a simple thank you, a pat on the back or just a gesture such as Adi Godrej having lunch in the office canteen with the employees…..and the best thing is it costs nothing. It’s free but still it brings many benefits. ;)



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  • chetna

    The basic human nature works on rewards and punishments….so it is definitely required…gr8 article

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hi@af0fd7c1959651ae683e8e4025df452f:disqus yes it is very much so…but overdoing it can actually hamper company’s growth..the limits of what is enough should be known…:) thanks for the appreciation..:)

  • This Blog calls attention to some important issues. My experience shows that managers wither give too little recognition or insincere or inappropriate recognition. When an employee does there job and gets recognition for “doing their job” it reinforces “doing their job”…which should be a given. When some one excels, then give strong recognition. When someone under-performs, have an immediate coaching session.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thank you @4ab758fc974cd9aeb4def2a7eaff0de4:disqus  doing their job is a duty and we get salary and compensation for that…i agree with your point very much that when someone excels then give strong recognition…thanks for contributing with such insights. 

  • Zakir Tahir

    Archna I am fan of your articles, once again excellent article.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hi @293eb18057ad67acc4252bdd0715a739:disqus  i’m delighted with such expressions of appreciation…Thank you very much these words really gives a kick to write more…Keep sharing and reading..

  • Dwraki51

    Employee recognition must be a part of the organisation’s culture. Many managers think that by saying “thanks” they are diluting their authority. Recognition, rewrads are not one time business ,they are like nutrients they need to be pumped in contineously to maintain the health of the employee.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thank you @dad8209d957572160cfc04f42d494fdb:disqus ..Thank you is a very powerful word if used at right time and for right cause..Thanks you! for such insights…Keep sharing more..:)

  • Archna – I appreciate your comments. Over a 40+ year career as an executive in a large company I went through many training programs and read may books and manuals on managing and motivating people. Among the many lessons learned was how difficult (and sometimes inappropriate) were the managers efforts to “change” someone. In the end, I believe our responsibility is to help people find out Who they are , What the can contribute and How to help them do so.

  • Dplnimbalkar

    Really good artical……Worth Reading…..Look forward for more good articals….

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hi @0324833d3ffa08d5f7edb574942b26f9:disqus  thank you for reading the article and words of praise…there are many more articles here…hope you will find them equally good…Keep reading.

  • Parmanandsg

    Very good article. If the employer / bosses make a habit of patting their subordinates for the good work they do it will act as a catatalyst for the sincere employees.

  • Priyankansoni

    this is very nice

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hi @be8b7b904406696583991d37bfb35d8f:disqus …just a little precaution..excess of everything is bad…so be careful when and where to give that pat on back..Thank you!!.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hey @bad26ce945b72fdf6fe811fa348daf92:disqus thanks dear!!

  • Amar Shinde

    first thanks for this article, I am doing MBA in HR and woring in education institute as a registrar, if possible can you sent me any artiacle regarding job satisfaction for my project work. my E-mail: