Boosting Morale and Getting Stuff Done: The Magic of Employee Recognition

Written by Vladimir Tosic

Corporate and Startup Leader. Culture builder. Marketer and product designer.

December 04, 2023

Leadership   |   Mindset   |   Motivation   |   Team Climate

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In today’s fast-paced work world, keeping your team happy and productive is a big deal. That’s where leadership skills and employee recognition programs come in. This train of thought below is all about how patting people on the back can boost their mood, make them more energized in hard times, and how you can easily fit this into your workplace.


Spreading the Good Vibes of Recognition

Think about the last time someone gave you a thumbs-up or said, “great job”! It felt good, didn’t it? Well, everyone feels the same way! When you know your efforts are noticed and appreciated, it does wonders for your mood and motivation. It’s like a secret sauce that makes people proud to be a part of the team.


Real Stories of Success

Companies like Google and Cisco have cracked the code. Google lets employees nominate each other for doing awesome things. This creates a culture of appreciation and keeps folks happy. Cisco takes it a step further, giving managers the power to send quick shout-outs to their teams. It’s like a virtual high-five, and it keeps everyone buzzing with positivity and working together smoothly.


Tips to Start Tomorrow

Here are three easy things you can start doing ASAP:


  • Connect the Thank-Yous with Core Values
    When you appreciate someone, don’t leave it at “I appreciate you”. That is nice, and will make them feel good for sure, but you can 10X that with just a tiny bit of additional effort. Make sure the praise connects with what your company stands for. If teamwork is a big deal, praise someone for being an awesome team player, and make sure to callout a specific behavior and the situation it was role modelled in. It reinforces your company’s vibe, helps people understand you’re not just saying it, but that it’s a genuine compliment.
  • Spot the Opportunities and Take Them
    Don’t save the good stuff for once a year, or a quarter. Bring it into your regular chats about performance or project status updates. Just say it in a retro, or in a daily standup, or in any meeting, be it one on one or within a group. If someone did something cool, let them know right then and there. It’s like instant motivation. And it makes at least two people feel good. It also makes others that are present there more aware of what good looks like and motivates them to give it a try as well.
  • Use Tech to Make Recognition a Breeze
    You don’t need fancy gadgets. Simple tools like Slack, or a shared whiteboard like in Miro or Mural, or even a shared document can do the trick. Create a space where everyone can drop a quick “great job!” for all to see. It keeps the good vibes flowing. Of course, with more advanced tech you also get automated reminders that make it easier for people to build the habit, and you can leverage analytics more easily.

So, there you have it – recognizing your team doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s about making people feel valued and appreciated. Take a cue from the modern giants of business and culture,  and start small. Say thanks in a way that aligns with your company’s values, bring recognition into your regular routines, and use everyday tech tools to make it easy. The more you sprinkle these good vibes around, the more you’ll see smiles and productivity on the rise in your workplace.

 TL;DR: Employee recognition is like workplace magic – it boosts morale and productivity. Start by saying thanks in line with your company’s values, incorporate it into regular project review or performance chats, and use simple tech tools to keep the good vibes flowing.

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