What is praised and rewarded is often repeated. When you see high performance in action, or someone making an extraordinary effort, remember to praise them for not only what they did, but also why it was important, and its impact on others.
Try this…...buy a variety of note cards and keep them on hand. Give a handwritten thank-you note to someone who has helped you with a project, or to someone you’ve seen doing something that supports the group’s collective goals.
The cornerstone of meaningful recognition is that it is perceived as personal. It lets people know they are valued as unique individuals, and that their leaders have a thoughtful and personal interest in their accomplishments.