Token gestures can sink recognition

Employers don’t have to break the bank, but programs must be carefully thought out
By Koula Vasilopoulos
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2013

When work gets busy, managers might be tempted to put recognition at the bottom of their to-do list. Others may feel that a quick “thank you” — or hastily emailed “thx” — is enough.

It’s not, when you consider that more than one-half (54 per cent) of Canadian office workers said they would be somewhat or very likely to leave their current position if they didn’t feel appreciated by their manager, according to a 2012 Robert Half survey of 229 workers.

But there’s a right way and wrong way to recognize a job well done. Recognition can run the gamut, from elaborate to simple and from costly to cost-free.