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How To Write a Recognition Ecard

Writing an ePraise note – or a recognition ecard – seems like a pretty simple thing to do, right? Then why don't more of us do it? We have every intention of typing one, but when the fingers touch the keys, we draw a blank.

Here are a few simple tips that will help you type a recognition ecard that is meaningful, personal, and sincere.

1. Describe the action, behavior or result you are recognizing. Did you observe the person delivering excellent customer service? Did they provide a referral or a critical piece of information so that you could meet an important deadline? Did they help you out of a jam at the last minute? Be specific about what they did, not just "Thanks for a great job."

2. Explain why it is important to you or the organization. Did it help you achieve a goal or make your job easier? If possible, create the link between their behavior and the organization's values and mission.

3. Reflect back to the person. What is it about the way they did it? Talk about how their action reflects a personal quality of the giver, such as integrity, initiative, or follow through.

Here are some key phrases to help you write a meaningful message. Leading your recognition ecard with "thank you for" or "I appreciate you" is a great way to start!

Helping a coworker

Presenting innovative ideas

Having an energetic approach

Being instrumental in the success of a project

Showing resilience and grace under pressure

Taking initiative

Having a positive attitude

Being resourceful in accomplishing goals

Staying focused

Showing dedication

Being persistent and determined

Demonstrating willingness to help

Being fast and efficient

Contributing new ideas

Being a mentor

Showing leadership potential

Being reliable

Going above and beyond

Being a team player

Having a can-do attitude

Providing exceptional customer service

Being accurate and attentive

Having ambition and drive

Showing commitment

Spreading optimism




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