10 Undeniable Reasons to Love Recognition

November 11, 2014

Love-RecognitionWho doesn't love a little recognition for a job well done?! Of course there are those of us who love our recognition to be a little more under the radar than others, but everyone loves to be told thank you, good job, or you make a difference.

No matter how you prefer your recognition, here are 10 undeniable reasons to love it:

1. Recognition feels good! Whether you're on the giving or receiving end, it feels fantastic to be a part of making someone's day, or having your day made.

2. Recognition is contagious! Just like smiles, being around a group of compliment-giving people is bound to make you open your eyes and share a few kind words in return.

3. Recognition is powerful! Even the simplest gestures – taking the time to say thank you, you are noticed, and your work is valued – have been proven to increase employee satisfaction and engagement, which all leads to increased performance.

4. Recognition is fun! With the right tools, recognition can be given in a way that doesn't make everyone leave the room saying "awwwwkward..." Plus, the easier you make it for your managers and team members to give simple, on-the-spot recognition, the more likely it is to occur.

5. Recognition is a friend-making magnet. Remember that time that one girl from the other department told you she liked your outfit? Well, now every time you see her in the bathroom, you smile at her, don’t you? Same game for recognition. Tell someone good job or thank you, and they're going to be more willing to go the extra mile for you when you need it. Bonus!

6. Recognition is cool. Eyes down, focused on your work – some say hard-worker; I say unaware. Unaware of the greatness that surrounds you. Take some time to look around, recognize what others are up to, and acknowledge them for it. All the cool kids are doing it. You're gonna love the results.

7. Recognition is a motivator. Remember reason #1 – recognition feels good – well, when we find something that feels good, we want more of it, right?

8. Recognition is trending. Millennials, they love recognition. They feed off it. They need it. If you're not comfortable with giving recognition, you better learn quickly; the youngins' are busting down your workplace doors at a record pace. Nervous? Here's a great tool to help if you're new to the recognition game.

9. Recognition makes or breaks a culture. What's the mood like in your workplace? Are there lots of thank yous going around? How often are your team members giving high fives? Simple gestures of appreciation and recognition can make your workplace a great one. You know what that means? Less turnover and stellar recruiting results.

10. Recognition works. Bottom line. Recognizing someone for doing a great job, for consistently being willing to help, for showing up to work every day, for their loyalty to your company, for their great ideas, for being part of the team… there are so many reasons (big and small) you can recognize your employees... choose any of these reasons and do it consistently, in a timely and sincere manner, and your company will reap the rewards on so many levels.

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As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the 'ville has to offer. She's seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she's talking about, we're pretty sure that's why. When she's not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she's been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

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