Recognition that Increases Employee Engagement

Simply saying Great Job is not the recognition that increases employee engagement

Does Recognition Increase Employee Engagement?
We wanted to understand the difference between recognition that increases employee engagement and recognition that does not.  How many times have you heard the phrase “great job” directed at co-workers or even kids on the sports field?  The intention, of course, is to help people feel good about what they are doing and to encourage the desired good behavior and effort you are looking for.  But does it work?

Over-Recognition Can Backfire
We believe that recognition only increases motivation and effort when the receiver feels that it is truly deserved.  A recent study at Stanford cited in Psychology Today showed that “praising effort, not talent, leads to greater motivation and more positive attitudes toward challenges” in the future.  But empty, non-specific, insincere, undeserved, or exaggerated praise (like the generic “great job”) can have the opposite effect.

Yes, it is important for managers to recognize and praise their employees.  In fact that’s a critical attribute of high employee engagement.  But managers need to do it right or employee motivation and effort will be undermined.

Recognition that Increases Employee Engagement
Recognition that increases employee engagement requires five critical qualities if it is to have the desired result.  Recognition that increases employee engagement needs to be:

  • Sincere
    If you don’t genuinely believe that praise is due, forget it. Inauthentic praise rings hollow.
  • Specific
    Get right down to the specifics of the behavior you are recognizing. It will be much more helpful if you tell an employee that their carefully crafted agenda kept everyone on topic than just saying, “Good meeting.”
  • Deserved
    For an employee to feel that they deserve recognition, they should feel that they worked for it. They should have exceeded expectations rather than just have met them.  The extra effort is what you should appreciate and call out.
  • Meaningful
    Know your employees so that when you recognize them it is in a way they will value. Some would rather have a raise than a new title; some prefer public recognition while others are embarrassed at being singled out; some would value more flexibility in their work schedules; and so it goes.
  • Trusting
    If you really want to recognize your employee’s performance, give them opportunities to learn and grow. Show that you trust and value them by rewarding them with more autonomy matched by greater responsibility, visibility and stature—along, of course, with commensurate compensation.

The Bottom Line
If greater employee engagement is the goal (and shouldn’t it be?), then make sure that the way you recognize your team members will have the desired effect of increasing motivation, desired behavior and effort.

To learn more about recognition that increases employee engagement, download The Top 10 Most Powerful Ways To Boost Engagement

Comments are closed.

SeaTel has found our partnership with LSA Global to be very valuable and beneficial. We turned to LSA to customize a supervisory/leadership solution to meet our needs. LSA delivered a customized top quality solution. I’d recommend LSA Global to any company looking for a best-in-class training and consulting partner.

Kortney Riddle
HR Manager

We consider LSA our true business partner in the areas of Learning and Organizational Development. From Strategic Planning to Presentation Skills and Management Training, they continue to provide excellent value and extremely high quality solutions – not just one time events. I recommend them to anyone looking to drive true business results.

Michelle A. Mitchell
Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources

LSA’s customized Effective Presentation Skills program has helped me elevate my presentation skills to the next level. I now have a much greater self-awareness of my presentation skills and can leverage off of my strengths while working to improve upon other areas. I would definitely recommend this solution to anyone for whom business presentations are an integral part of their job.

Jim Elliott
Senior Marketing Manager

Samsung

In my years working with LSA, it seems like I’ve had a personal consultant at my fingertips to help me identify just the right solution to satisfy our needs. The entire LSA team has become a trusted friend of Actel — assuring we provide state-of-the-art learning to meet our complex, high-tech business and people needs.

Linda Mitchell
Training Manager

We have worked with LSA Global for our learning and development needs and have always had great success. They helped us recently with customized Management Workshops that we held for the second time. It was fantastic, and I would highly recommend LSA to anyone that is attempting to get immediate and impactful improvements.

Mary Johnston
HR Manager, BU Radiology Informatics

LSA provided top notch solutions right when and how we needed them. They exceeded my expectations from a speed, quality, and cost standpoint. I recommend them to anyone looking for a true business partner in the Learning and Development arena. The breadth and depth of their expertise has helped us hit tight deadlines across multiple projects.

Fortune 500 Financial Services Company
Director of Infrastructure & Technology

On behalf of Roche and my staff I would like to sincerely thank you for your help with this. The English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment and coaching that you provided for our team was a great success.

Cam Greig
Associate Director

Roche

I’ve partnered with LSA Global at two companies now, and I consider them a valuable and trusted training and consulting resource. They recommended just the right solution to address our management development needs and have wonderful facilitators that match YuMe’s culture and style of our management team. I would highly recommend LSA Global to any company wanting to deliver quality learning solutions with a valuable learning and development partner.

Maya Paul
HR Director

We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.

Jennifer Remling
Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

LSA’s consultant designed and delivered a half-day team building solution for our recent conference. It included careful customization to integrate the design with our new mission and values. Everyone had fun and identified key issues with our teamwork. Altogether a great program!

Bob Ward
Director of HR

LSA helped change our entire culture around meetings, making them more effective and efficient, thus enabling us to concentrate on driving more business.

Terry Wassman
VP of Human Resources

Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.

Susan Anderson
Workforce Planning Bureau

Congratulations on your pro-activity in establishing this program and developing such an effective New Employee Orientation course.

Farhat Ali
President and Chief Executive Office

Fujitsu

PalmSource has found our relationship with LSA extremely beneficial. We worked closely with LSA to customize the right Management Training Program solution to meet our unique business needs. LSA is a quality organization, one that I’d recommend to any company looking for a first class training and consulting partner.

Ken Boehm
Vice President of Human Resources

The refreshing thing about LSA is that they focus on understanding our business situation and helping me succeed instead of selling a product. With over 150 experts, they are an invaluable resource that helps me deliver higher quality results faster. I recommend them to anyone looking to improve the performance of their workforce.

Stacie Rodgers
VP of Human Resources

Cutera

Evaluate your Performance

Toolkits

Toolkits

Download key published insights and tools from industry experts highlighting best practices in the areas of talent, strategy and culture.

More

Health Checks

Health Checks

Want to know how you stack up against leading organizations?  Receive a complimentary benchmarking analysis courtesy of an LSA Expert.

More

Whitepapers

Whitepapers

Get up to speed on timely solutions critical to your business. Published by LSA Experts based upon client feedback and key industry trends.

More

Methodology

Methodologies

First we identify the key metrics you want to improve. Then we assemble a dedicated team of elite experts who have successfully solved similar problems with similar clients.

More

Blogs

Stay up to do date with the latest information on how we help high growth companies align their culture and talent with strategy.

More

Case Studies

Client Case Studies

Real world consulting and training approaches from LSA projects, providing insights on how your company can outperform the competition.

More