Best Practices for Recognition

recognition-transformationFrom the beginning of time, and across every corner of the globe, mankind has celebrated the achievements of people in nearly every category or endeavor—including the military, academia, arts, and athletics.

And yet, we still don’t see enough appreciation in the one place where it is needed most – at work.

Todd Nordstrom, co-author of the book Appreciate, joined us to lead a session of ExecuNet Master Class to share insights from one of the largest workplace studies on appreciation and recognition—a study that shows when people are asked what their manager can do to inspire them to produce great work, 37 percent of them said, “Recognize me.”

These days, those of us who lead people know to thank our people. What we don’t really understand so well is how to thank them.

In the master class, Todd shared some best practices for recognizing employees:

  • Recognition should be frequent. Once in every seven business days, effort and results should be rewarded.
  • Recognition should be timely. Don’t wait six months or for an annual review.
  • Recognition should be inclusive. This is for the entire organization, so bring team members in to contribute to the recognition. Everyone in the room will feel the leaders care and will want to be recognized like that, too. Bring in the family if possible.
  • Recognition should be performance based. Focus on what they achieved within the scope of their job, not their personality.
  • Recognition should be specific. Talk about the challenges overcome and exactly what was achieved. Doing this tells everyone in the room exactly what you appreciate.
  • Recognition should be personal and from the heart. Know something about the person and tailor your words to that person and make it from the heart.

This is a program every executive needs to listen to. Participants will learn how appreciation has profoundly impacted their own life and career—even if they don’t realize it. They will embrace showing appreciation as their #1 tool to engage and inspire employees, and they’ll discover what they should be appreciating and where, when, and how often employees should be appreciated. This program, in just one hour, will help any leader be better.

Here’s what some attendees of the live event had to say:

  • “Excellent and thought-provoking insights. AWESOME presentation!” 
  • “Todd Nordstrom conveyed his meaning through powerful storytelling which resonates much more loudly than other vehicles of conveyance. Well done, Todd.” 
  • “Great insights on motivating your team!”

This is yet another brilliant session that members are very excited about.  Here is a 3-minute excerpt from the program. I encourage you to listen to it. Your employees will thank you for it!



Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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