How to Get More Recognition at Work

July 29, 2010

I found this great article in my reader last week by Career Matters titled, “Are you getting the recognition you deserve at work?” The article got some attention on Twitter after I tweeted the link, so I decided it would be valuable to expand on the topic and deliver it to our Baudville blog readers. 

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine at work and lose sight of the importance of appreciation. This has been especially true over the last year/year and a half when workloads increased as a result of the decrease in the workforce.  We tend to get so focused on our goals, our projects, our results that we forget to say thank you to the people who help make the results happen. 

High performers who consistently do a good job are often the ones who get the short end of the stick because managers more often give feedback and pay more attention to low performers. As a result, high performers can feel ignored and unappreciated. This leads your top talent to look for new jobs where they will be appreciated. 

While some managers adopt a “no news is good news” management strategy, it doesn’t motivate and inspire high performers. If you need more encouragement to be successful and engaged in your position, try these four suggestions to get more recognition at work. 

Give yourself a pat on the back! 

Encourage Recognition. Be direct with your boss or manager about your feelings. Translate it into business-talk, too. Let your manager know you’ll be more engaged, motivated and productive if you receive feedback and recognition for your work, which means better results for the team and the company. Help your manager improve by offering some helpful suggestions, such recommending your boss give you feedback after a major project. 

Make it Easy for your Manager. Once you’ve been direct with your manager, make it easy for him! When your manager stops by your desk to chat or you have your one-on-one meeting, sing a few of your praises. Your manager may not be aware of all the great things you do everyday, so tell him! It will make it easier for him to give recognition when he knows what should be recognized. Give your manager a list of your recognition preferences (you can use our free Tell Us About You form) so he knows how to best recognize you. 

Recognize Your Co-Workers. You can create a grassroots employee recognition program at your organization by giving recognition yourself. Recognition is contagious, and you will be able to watch it spread throughout your organization. Once you start recognizing co-workers or employees with handwritten notes, a Token of Appreciation or an ePraise, they will be so impacted by the gesture that they will start to give recognition, too. 

Recognize your Manager. Middle managers also get slighted in the recognition department, so congratulate your manager when he has an outstanding performance or the team meets a goal. When your manager experiences the motivating power of recognition first hand, he’s more likely to reciprocate the feeling. 


Cori is Baudville's in-house Recognitionista (she's officially a Certified Recognition Professional, too)  and a member of the Millennial generation. Get her employee recognition tips and special discounts by liking Baudville on Facebook

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