Category Archives: Employee Recognition

Celebrate Your Employees With High Impact Recognition


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Last year I had the opportunity to help a client combine their annual holiday lunch appreciation event with a management development program on the power of recognition.  The nature of this client’s busy business prevented them from being able to get their managers together very often for a training.  This event was an ideal way to combine a management development program with their annual holiday event. The business owner enhanced the motivation of her managers by providing them with recognition and the managers learned strategies for providing high impact recognition to their employees.

Whether you give your employees gifts, cards, bonuses, or have a public forum for letting your employees know how much you appreciate them, make sure each and every employee is aware of the specific ways they contribute to the success of your organization.  And keep in mind that for recognition to be effective, it should be given throughout the year and tied to individual and team performance goals.

When given correctly, the recognition you give will enhance motivation, improve productivity and increase the retention of your top talent.


Alisa Blum & Associates works with businesses & organizations to select, develop and keep a high achieving workforce.  

Fueling Success Through Recognition

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Verbal Recognition has been shown to lower turnover, increase productivity, enhance teamwork and improve customer service.  This fairly simple skill seems to be lacking in the workplace.  Common barriers include, a perceived lack of time to provide recognition,  a lack of understanding of the need for recognition and a lack of skill in providing recognition.

Here are some ways to overcome these barriers:

Lack of Time:  We often overestimate the time it takes to give feedback.  Consider how long it actually takes to say: “Thank you for helping me with _______.  Here is how your contribution impacted our work________”.

Lack Understanding of the Need :   Individuals from the various generations may perceive recognition differently. A Boomer or Generation X manager who has received minimal recognition throughout his or her career may not realize how important it is for their Millenial employees to receive frequent positive feedback.  In addition, a person who is task oriented and not relationship oriented may not instinctively understand the importance of providing recognition.

Lack of Skill: Sometimes managers don’t provide recognition because they don’t know how to give effective verbal recognition. Their comfort level can be easily increased with focused skill development.

You will find that as the obstacles to providing recognition are overcome, you will see increased motivation, enhanced communication and improved productivity.

Can an “Oscar” Improve Employee Productivity?

Gold TrophyWhenever I  watch the Academy Awards I am struck by the outpouring of emotion shown by highly accomplished performers because they feel so honored by the recognition they are receiving.  After the awards ceremony last night I began thinking about how important it is to our well being and motivation when we are acknowledged for our high performance.

It is quite common for companies to reward their sales people because their success is measured by the amount of goods and services that are sold.  How do you measure success when your contribution is not as obviously quantifiable?  I recently completed an e-learning module for the legal secretaries of a law firm on “Valuing the Contribution You and Others Bring to the Team”.  One of the assignments given to the secretaries was to note the services they provide to the attorneys that save the attorneys time, thereby allowing the attorneys to increase their billable hours.  By completing this assignment, a monetary value could be placed on the secretaries contributions.

What can you do in your organization to quantify the contributions that employees at various levels provide?  How can you best reward top performing employees?   What impact will your rewards have on your organization’s productivity?

Recognition: A Key Employee Engagement Strategy

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Despite all of the research that has demonstrated what a powerful employee engagement strategy recognition can be, it is often overlooked.

It’s common wisdom that managers typically spend 80% of their time with the 20% of employees that aren’t performing well. One reason this occurs is because managers believe that their primary responsibility is to correct skills or behavior, so they mostly pay attention to problem areas. They aren’t even aware that they aren’t paying attention to the employees are performing well and don’t realize the benefits that organization’s reap when they provide recognition. What would happen to your business or organization if managers spent 80% of their time rewarding the employees that are excelling? My guess is that you would see significant increases in employee engagement, which we know leads to higher performing organizations.

I challenge you to start treating your high performing employees as if they are VIPs and notice what happens. For specific skill development in this area, click on this link Recognition: a Key Factor in Talent Development to see a sample of an e-learning program I’ve developed that teaches verbal recognition skills.

Contact me to explore how we can help you develop a more engaged workforce.