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A “Culture of Recognition” – Worth Embracing?

When I was in high school, I had to attend this spiritual weekend retreat with my Junior class (I think it was supposed to be a bonding experience).  Anyway, throughout that weekend, there was a grossly unwarranted amount of hugging – your neighbor, yourself, the closest tree – that went on and that I was not expecting. 

Nothing against retreats – or hugging…or high schoolers – but what was already a mild aversion to embracing anyone who’s not my grandmother or someone who just gave me chocolate became a full on intolerance for touchy-feelyness in general after that weekend.  So please just take that into consideration when I show you this Incentive Magazine article I found today on ManageSmarter

It’s about the importance of showing your employees you appreciate them, and while it’s a little on the sappy side, you now know that I wouldn’t be sharing it unless it was worth reading…

See, the author makes a very good point: basically – if I can paraphrase – while this is the time of year employers are handing out fruit baskets and what not, those gifts all amount to a load of hooey if this is the only time your employees see such appreciation.

Not to say that every completed task warrants a new iPod, but employers should regularly find ways to recognize their employees – it’s good for morale, and honestly, is there a better time to implement this kind of “culture of recognition”?

After all, your workers are seeing their friends being laid off, and feeling the stress of heavier workloads, longer hours, and the holidays…don’t think those things aren’t having an effect on your employees – and your business, because I assure you, they are. 

So please, take a second to read and give me your thoughts.  Good, eh?  Or was my first instinct right – is it too “we are the world”-y for your workplace?  Got better suggestions…? I’d love to hear them.

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
3 comments
Latonia Saddler
Latonia Saddler

My adult backround was very cultural during my early twenties. The ideas that I obtained were inspiring for futute preferences, for instance I had talent. That was my reason for being so submissive toward my future goals. Nonetheless I proceeded to change my level in life to becom all I can be. Music, dancing and my academic studies were all that I adventured. I waited to deal with things that mattered to other people later in my life once I obtained the skill.

Latonia Saddler
Latonia Saddler

My adult backround was very cultural during my early twenties. The ideas that I obtained were inspiring for futute preferences, for instance I had talent. That was my reason for being so submissive toward my future goals. Nonetheless I proceeded to change my level in life to becom all I can be. Music, dancing and my academic studies were all that I adventured. I waited to deal with things that mattered to other people later in my life once I obtained the skill.

Latonia Saddler
Latonia Saddler

My adult backround was very cultural during my early twenties. The ideas that I obtained were inspiring for futute preferences, for instance I had talent. That was my reason for being so submissive toward my future goals. Nonetheless I proceeded to change my level in life to becom all I can be. Music, dancing and my academic studies were all that I adventured. I waited to deal with things that mattered to other people later in my life once I obtained the skill.

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