Break Free from Recognition Deprivation

Updated: January 01, 2012

When employees and/or managers continually give to the employee-employer relationship and receive little to no praise, affirmation or recognition for their contributions they will express their unhappiness in a number of ways. It may result in negative behaviors towards the company or even leaving the company in the hopes of finding an employer who will appreciate all that they do and have to offer.

Today's world of work is changing and organizational leaders are embracing a new business reality filled with both challenges and extraordinary opportunities. New workplaces where people are respectfully empowered are forming partnerships between employers and employees that foster the creation of remarkable business results that everyone can be proud of.

But recognized?

Yes, you can help enable the change by creating an environment that embraces this important people management practice. Begin by generating and making connections through meaningful conversations that bring you closer to creating an environment that celebrates contribution and results by asking and describing how you and other individuals would like to be recognized.

Think back to a time when you contributed to adding value to a group project or "wowed" a customer and maybe even a manager who genuinely expressed their thanks to you for making a special effort. How did the level of respect and recognition stand out to you? What made it memorable?

If you're contributing to organizational objectives, working long and hard and a "thank you" isn't extended or is not what you consider meaningful, it's important that you follow up with that person, your supervisor, and discuss the topic.


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