Teams need to celebrate achievements, individuals need to be recognized

Treating everyone equally when it comes to rewards can lead to entrepreneurial paralysis
By Gordon Green
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/09/2004


any corporations no longer have employees — they have “team members.” And without a population of employees, they no longer have a need for managers. Instead, they have “team leaders.” Employees work in teams rather than as managed individuals. Teamwork is often conspicuously inserted into many corporate value statements.

Parallel to the growth in popularity of teamwork is the growing realization among human resource management experts that recognition is important to behavioural change. Recognition aligns attitude to corporate values. Through their daily, routine behaviours, employees are charged with taking the initiative to skillfully execute corporate strategies and business objectives.