Give Recognition Without Spending A Dime

Person-to-person recognition: priceless!

Trinkets, parties, awards, pizza, and even money. They come and go as recognition. Your eyeball-to-eyeball words of appreciation are more long-lasting and positively remembered.

Just take 30 seconds to say, “You did a lot of good work to get ready for this meeting. It shows.” Or tell someone “Your catching that mistake saved our bacon.” Sincere recognition like this is worth more than most tangible items . . . IF you make it personal, sincere, and don’t clutter your comment with requests for additional work, jokes, unnecessary flowery words, or a too-quick change-of-subject.

Say it in short and shut up.

(What’s your experience with recognition – giving or receiving – good, bad, or ugly?)