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Employee Recognition Program
As we approach the first day of summer, we can take a cue from Mother Nature on how to cultivate a flourishing recognition program. If you're a flower gardener, you know that to ensure a lasting and impressive result, you need to...

Prune. And prune some more. This makes way for fresh growth and gives your plants room to thrive. Same goes for your program. Ask yourself what's working and what's not. It's OK to be ruthless in cutting out the duds; you'll just be allowing for extra attention to go to your successes! Or, even add something new!

Add variety to create more interest. A garden full of yellow roses might sound lovely, but, over time, you may lose interest in the same old scene. A truly spectacular garden has a mix of plant types that bloom at different times for a continual and ongoing display. Your program will make a bigger impact if you employ a blend of peer-to-peer, day-to-day, and special occasion recognition.

Be diligent in your upkeep. As the proverb goes, "the best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow." A garden taken over by weeds, parched from lack of water, or left to overgrow isn't just a blight on the eyes, it's now a nuisance to try to wrangle back into shape. Keep your program maintained and on track by setting regular reminders to recognize your team. (Hint: a Survival Kit™ will make sure you're prepared when one of those reminders pops up.) And, if you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it. Seek out a team of caretakers to help preserve, prolong, and promote prosperity all year long!
Make your program the best it can be with these reminders:

•   Sharpen your tools. Even the most seasoned managers need to hone and refresh their skills. Try a 30-Day Recognition Mission™ to build new habits.

•  Enjoy the process. While maintaining your program will take a little diligence, if you're not having any fun, you're missing the point. Introduce some lightheartedness and laughter into your days with silly team gifts.

•  Bask in your glory. You've created a beautiful thing, why not celebrate it? Gather your team for an informal rally. You can talk about the high points of your program, and make a plan for what will crop up next.
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