Before I talk about free employee recognition ideas, first let’s talk about one fundamental recognition guideline:
In order to properly manage the performance of your direct reports, your recognition must always be based on the performance of your employees – and since performance is the sum of results plus behavior, your recognition must be based on both criteria:You use “recognition” as a high-profile vehicle of promoting your organization’s strategy (goals) and values – which in turn are aligned with your company’s mission and vision.
In other words, all employees must be eligible for the recognition; but no one is recognized unless the eligible employee delivers the expected results AND embodies the behavioral values of the organization.
Whatever type of recognition you choose to give, just make sure it is aligned with your organization’s mission, values, vision, and strategy.
If your company has a consistent process for determining rewards and recognition for employees (if it doesn’t, build one), it’ll be much easier for you to know whether the recognition you intend to deliver is aligned with it or not.
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Free Employee Recognition Ideas
First of all, congratulations for thinking about recognizing your employees!
Honest employee recognition is one of the most powerful ways to motivate your workforce.
There are virtually thousands of free employee recognition ideas. Here we give you The Idea with the most impact that you can use on a daily basis.
Think about the last time your boss walked up to you, and with full sincerity, s/he congratulated you for doing such a wonderful job – s/he was so genuine, that even today you can clearly feel the honesty and excitement in his/her words of praise.
How did that make you feel?
I have asked this very same question to hundreds of managers, and invariably all of them always gave the same answer: That experience made them feel great!
Genuine positive feedback is one of the best ways to recognize a human being – especially a direct report.
Unfortunately, positive feedback is one of the most underused and misused recognition mechanisms.
However, when properly done, it is one of the most powerful recognition methods there are – not only in the workplace arena, but also in just about any setting where living beings are involved.
There are free employee recognition ideas by the thousands, but few are as effective as genuine positive feedback.
In order to properly deliver it, all you need to do is to follow six guidelines:To learn more about feedback and how to use it as a management tool, take a look at our how to give negative feedback page.
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You can adapt as many free employee recognition ideas to these six guidelines as your imagination allows you – just make sure you follow them to a T.
To keep on learning about the skills you need to lead the performance of your entire organization, go back to the previous page, or click here and continue reading in a sequential order.
To learn more about the skills you need to manage the performance of your direct reports, go to my Management Skills page.
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