Recognition is so important in this world – babies cry for it and people die for it. Saying ‘Thank You’ is what we should be doing all the time, don’t expect a thank you but know that you should say ‘thank you.’
When you let someone into the traffic flow and they forget to say thank you, don’t become offensive and start judging, rather judge yourself as the good person and say thank you to yourself for being the person who was able to allow the other person to go before you.
Recognition – we all love to be appreciated and we love to be thanked for the things we do, so practice the old adage of ‘do unto others as you would have done to you’.
In the work situation, as in relationships, and they are always similar, the easiest way to think is: how would I treat this person if I was in a relationship with them?
We can say thank you and we can give certificates and flowers, and they are all good. However it can be perceived as just something that is nice! So when does the recognition become truly authentic?
Recognition becomes truly authentic when we state the way we feel about what the person has done, and how they fit into the greater plans and vision for the company or department. Including people in this way gives them the sense of belonging that they are looking for and it allows them to become more committed.
Leaders are people with vision, true leaders trust and share that vision with the people who follow them.