There are few things that will inspire, motivate, and bring out the best in others more than recognition. It is powerful. Recently, the awesome folks at Citrix Online sent me, and the other authors at workshifting.com, a huge token of appreciation for contributing to their site. They even personalized it with a handwritten note. This is obviously an organization that understands the power of recognition.
Here are the three essential guidelines that Citrix nailed:
1. Be Specific- It is best to be as specific as possible when recognizing someone. Instead of saying “Great work”, tell them “Great work on delivering the presentation.”
2. Be Timely- Recognition is a dish best served warm and right out of the oven. Don’t wait until end of the year reviews. Give your team props in real-time.
3. Be Sincere- Flattery is received as well as a politician’s promises. Genuine appreciation is what gives recognition its value.
If you hit on these three pillars, your recognition will empower your employees, peers, and teams. Most people can live for days on a simple thank you, mention on twitter, or blog reply.