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Aug 30, 2012

It’s Time for a Little Recognition

Team recognition is a powerful tool most companies are failing to harness to create engagement at work.

It seems most organizations are struggling with employee engagement. Sadly, most organizations do not have a strategy to engage their teams, or if they do have a plan or program, they are unsatisfied with the results. Worse, some organizations are doing nothing at all.

So why has this become such a huge issue all of the sudden? It comes down to the way we work. We are all being asked to do more than ever. In the digital age we are

multi-tasking, always connected and in some cases, always on. The lines between work and home are blurred.  We are more connected than ever and as a result we are at the beck and call of many masters. There are always lots of requests but often little recognition and appreciation. As a result we are feeling more disconnected than ever before as we try to keep up. 

Your team is working so hard they have lost sight of why they are working for you and start just going through the motions. That is what disengaged employee looks like. 

The way you get back on track to engaging your team is with better communication and recognition.  Let them know what the company stands for, where it is going, and how it is going to get there. You need regular communication from the top, and that doesn’t mean a single message that’s bound to get lost in a sea of emails. Having a central place where your team connects, collaborates, and celebrates hard work is essential for a foundation of engagement.

You also need to let your team know how they can help the company achieve its goals and support your culture and values. Recognition must be timely, and specific in order to be effective. If companies and managers take a moment to recognize their team and reinforce what matters, they can start the process of re-engaging them one thank you at time.

It is time for a little recognition and to Thank Different.

Tom Short

Tom Short is the President and Co-Founder of Kudos Inc, where he is pioneering his vision for an industry leading recognition and engagement SaaS solution. Tom’s expertise in branding, marketing strategy and cloud-based SaaS development allows him to chase his passion of changing the world one thank you at a time. When he’s not showing the world that recognition matters, Tom enjoys coaching football, the Black Keys and a steaming vanilla latte to start his day.

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