Recognition to an Employee

Employees must be recognized and rewarded for their work. The superiors must also give a feedback to the employees about their work and encourage them for value addition to their work so that the contribution from that group becomes enhanced but all  employees cannot  do that. About 30 per cent of the employees will be in the higher category who can perform. This may also prevent attrition rate of meritorious  employees. But all employees should be recognized for their good work and contribution to the organization.

Recognition is the identification or acknowledgement given for something.

It is always a great feeling when you are recognized for your efforts. But does it also give you a sense of being valued? HR managers point out that employee productivity can be enhanced when they are valued while also being recognized at the same time.

It has been long understood that to make an organization successful, there has to be a happy and motivated workforce working towards the same goal. And most organizations put in a lot of effort in making their employees feel recognized and valued. But though recognition programs do award good work, at times many employees are left feeling devalued.

Valuing vs. Recognizing Employees:
It was revealed that there is a difference between recognizing and valuing employees. Organizations are especially weak in creating an environment where employees truly feel valued. Employees get recognition for who they are.

Recognition is the identification or acknowledgement of something. When we value employees, we appreciate them for who they are and what they bring to the organization. We acknowledge them not merely for tasks, but for the deeper value they add to the organization, by just being there. By valuing a person it directly impacts their engagement levels. Valuing others is not  leadership capability of them but it is a people thing that the majority of us like the most. If you think back to a moment in your life when you felt special and appreciated, it’s most likely a time when you were being valued in some way.

A lot more than recognizing:

At an electronics company which is large, the difference between recognizing and valuing is more than a difference in using the phrase but it is a difference in experience. When we recognize employees, we acknowledge their good work and thus, in the process inform them that we appreciate their efforts. Valuing an employee is a process of letting him or her know that the organization is glad about his / her presence in the team and takes pride for the same. In the process, we inform the employee that things wouldn’t have been the same without him / her. Recognizing an individual can be related to successfully completing a project. It’s a spirit of enthusiasm and accomplished achievement.

Another company focuses on helping employees achieve personal and professional growth. They ensure that the success or achievement of every employee is acknowledged; hence making him / her realize that their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Such performance in many cases is brought about by the freedom the organization provides them to put their skills into use.

Valuing employees is more than just recognition. The kind of policies you follow for employee benefits reflects how much you value your workforce.

So what is it that an employee can do in order to become a valuable asset to the organization and feel valued by them too? I feel that our people can become valuable assets to the company by following themselves with and by willingly accepting or supporting core values that are fundamental to the organization. Further, people can reaffirm their value everyday, by going beyond the expected to amaze our clients, taking risks practicing openness and finding opportunities.

There is a need to hone one’s skills and be well equipped with multi-competencies, especially in today’s market scenario. No doubt an employee is delegated with certain tasks as per his / her designation but the need of the hour is to make the best use of every individual’s capabilities.

Organizations are going out of their way to make sure their employees feel valued at the same time as they are getting recognition. But, even employees need to make efforts towards proving that they are working towards adding more value to their respective organizations and are hence becoming valuable to the organization.

That is the reason in the CVs most senior people and middle management people mention about their contributions and value additions to the organizations they have previously worked with in addition to mentioning their period of experience and nature of experience.

  • Pratima Gurung

    Very good article. Thanking  you so much..

  • this Post has value because recognition is in short supply in many organizations. for new employees, recognize their training progress early and often. For more experienced employees make sure you recognize only meaningful accomplishments, e.g. break-through, going above and beyond, etc.

  • Nada Ghaziri

    Nice Article and a very important one for management to pursue in their organizations, I personally like to be values in order to achieve more

  • Ravi

    Good article and clarifies the two different points. 1. Recognition is an acknowledgment for a task well done and and is rewarded. 2.) Employee being valued is much more deeper like Sachin Tendulkar’s presence in the Indian cricket team. His very presence itself brings a lot of confidence to the Indian cricket team. He may or may not perform on that specific day but even then his presence is extremely “valuable”. However, if he makes a ton in a match and leads to the team to victory, then, his effort is “recognized” and he is given a Man of the Match award for that…Thanks for the article.

  • Shamshad B

    very nice.. Thank you very much

  • Sunil

    simple and eloquent article amplifying on the needs of self-esteem of an emplyee who has performed well and requires a pat on his shoulder.
    Lt Col Sunil Kumar

  • Salahuddin

    Really a nice article, differentiating the two that needs to be understood by the HR managers

  • SGRE

    YOU SPOT THE REQUIRED