The art of recognition

When efforts are acknowledged, workforces are motivated… but in most organizations many recognition moments are lost
By Jayne Jackson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2003

In today’s workplaces, it’s important that everyone — not just supervisors and managers — give recognition to peers in order to create a productive and motivating work environment. Recognition is a key retention tool that more organizations are looking at to motivate employees.

As employees take on expanded roles, often without an increase in salary, it’s more important to provide support and recognition to let them know how they’re doing. The “no news is good news” adage doesn’t work in today’s environment. People want to know that they’re succeeding or they’ll happily go somewhere else where they can get that feedback.

Giving recognition has been seen as the role of the manager. Yet, in today’s cross-functional environment, it’s becoming more important that peers recognize and support each other too.