The Power of Personal Recognition
Personalized Awards Make Recognition More Meaningful
In the practice of personal recognition, a personal touch can have a big impact on the recipient. The most memorable recognition experiences are those that include personalized awards and presentations – those personal recognition moments when the presenter truly understands and conveys how the individual earned the honor and how she prefers to be rewarded.
Personal recognition means applying your knowledge of the individual’s preferences, family situation, and goals to selecting the appropriate reward. Personalized awards and recognition communicate that the company has a vested interest in what matters to the employee receiving the award. When you recognize someone as they want to be recognized, they will be inspired to achieve additional recognition.
When selecting a personalized award, look for items that can be personalized with the recipient’s name, the date and an award title. A personalized award has a higher perceived value from the recipient’s perspective. When personalized with her name, the award reflects the impact the recipient has made on the organization. Just like her contributions, the value of the personalized award will never fade.
The positive employee response to personalized awards will begin to transform your workplace culture. Staff will be motivated to achieve the meaningful recognition management awards, and personal recognition moments will be highly valued. The careful attention to employee preferences and the resulting personal recognition will make your organization an even better place to work.
A Real Thank You
“Thank you” is an expression not heard often enough in our busy lives. I believe the “thank you’s” that are expressed need to be strategic and personal recognition. Instead of just a quick “thanks” in passing, we need to make a conscious effort to set a positive stage and then tell the person exactly what we appreciate about their actions. It may be as you pass in the hall but if it is one of those hurried moments, take these steps:
• Plant your feet and give the person your undivided attention.
• Get their attention and look them in the eye.
• Touch them appropriately on the shoulder or shake their hand.
• Describe what you observed, and why you appreciated their efforts.
• To put the icing on the cake, let the person know the impact their action had on the team or department or business.
Ruby Newell-Legner, Certified Speaking Professional, is an international staff development trainer and culture-transformer. Her company, RubySpeaks, Inc., provides the training employees need to create a work environment where everyone can excel on the job. For more information about Ruby, visit www.RubySpeaks.com.
Personalized Award Quick Tips
A personalized award requires the presenter to have a thoughtful verbal presentation as well as a meaningful gift prepared for the recipient. Here are some surefire ideas to make personalized award giving stress-free and simple!
- Ask co-workers for favorite stories or experiences they share of the individual. Share these at a staff meeting.
- For a meaningful and practical personalized award, present the award recipient with a pen engraved with their name. The personalization will ensure the gift is treasured for years to come.
- For an informal or on-the-spot personalized award, create a unique certificate to recognize a special attribute you appreciate in a co-worker. “Miles of Smiles Award” or “Elbow Grease Award” are certificates that make a lasting impression.
Recognition Best Practices
The best way to keep recognition creative and fresh at your organization is to stay up to date with what your peers are doing! Send in your submission for Recognition Best Practices, and you could be our next Best Practice Winner featured in next month’s Recognition Report!
This month’s Recognition Best Practice Winner is Susan Bennett, Branch Administrator of Walden Savings Bank in New York. Congratulations Susan!
Trying to find a way to encourage teamwork, I began our "Caught in the Act" program. Co-workers nominate their peers who go the extra mile for each other. They are also able to nominate a staff member who demonstrates exceptional customer service. Those who win the personalized award receive a "You Make a Difference" certificate signed by the president of the bank and a themed gift bag. Everyone looks forward to our next winner.
Baudville’s Habitat for Humanity House Update
Last month, we brought you information about Baudville’s 25th Anniversary celebration. To commemorate the milestone in our business, we have sponsored a Habitat for Humanity house in our local community of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The ground broke on the house over two months ago, and quite the transformation has taken place! With only a few employee volunteer days remaining, the house is beginning to look like a home for a well-deserving family. Visit the webpage of our charitable contribution arm, Baudville’s Helping Hand, for the latest house updates.