Employee Engagement Management Motivation Organisational Culture Recognition at Work

Are You Tired of Working Without Recognition?

Are you tired of working without recognition? Employees want it, managers know it’s important, and it usually doesn’t cost anything. When you look at it that way, you’d expect to be drowning in recognition at work.

Watch the video (4 mins 55s) or read on for tips to get more recognition at work.

A recent Gallup poll showed that lack of workplace appreciation is a major concern among employees.

It’s not that surprising when you think about the possible reasons. Some of your coworkers could feel too competitive to notice you. Your boss could think that just paying you is enough to prove they’re satisfied with your performance, and any of your colleagues could be uncomfortable or unfamiliar with handing out praise.

If you want to feel valued, you may need to shake things up. Start with these suggestions for creating more recognition for yourself and your colleagues.

Giving Recognition to Others:

If you encourage a more grateful and caring office culture, some of the benefits are bound to come your way. Plus, you’ll avoid the potential pitfalls of conspicuous self-promotion.

  1. Share credit. Put your ego aside and show that you’re interested in crediting the whole team. If you acknowledge others’ contributions, they’re more likely to do the same for you.
  2. Praise skillfully. Specific feedback is more effective than general statements. Recognize your coworkers for their negotiation skills or marketing savvy instead of just saying that they did a great job. Remember that sincerity counts too as people can tell when you are not being sincere and it detracts rather than adds.
  3. Support formal programs. If your employer has established recognition programs, learn the details and participate enthusiastically. You may be the next employee of the month.
  4. Socialise more. Ensure you get to know your colleagues. Take time out for small talk and listen closely to what they have to say. Learn about their lives. Communicate in person rather than relying on email and texts.
  5. Build your network. Develop a habit of helping others. Nurturing relationships inside and outside your workplace, you will have allies who believe in your abilities and talents.

Gaining Recognition for Yourself:


You can still call attention to your accomplishments in a constructive way. Learn how to increase your visibility without having to brag. 

  1. Ask for feedback. Find out what others think of your performance. Constructive feedback helps you to learn and grow.
  2. Track your achievements. Document your successes on a regular basis so you’re ready to show how your work makes a difference. Come up with good stories to make your experiences interesting to share on social media or your next job evaluation.
  3. Stay updated. Be knowledgeable and informed about your industry. Read annual reports and news stories. Attend conferences and networking events.
  4. Accept compliments graciously. When you do receive recognition, take advantage of the opportunity. Say “thank you” and let others know that they’ve brightened your day. Enjoy your moment in the sun without feeling self-conscious.
  5. Talk with your boss. Work at having a strong and positive relationship with your supervisor. Clarify their priorities, make them your own, and really deliver.
  6. Expand your role. Pay attention to how your position fits into the bigger picture. Think strategically and look for ways to take on more responsibility. Volunteer for high-profile projects or serve on a committee with coworkers you want to get to know better.
  7. Project confidence. You’re more likely to receive recognition if you believe in your own worth. Stand tall, make eye contact and speak up at meetings.

Unconditional self-esteem is the most profound recognition you can receive at work or home, but it’s nice to know that your colleagues appreciate you too. Being acknowledged for your contributions makes your job more enjoyable and increases your chances for advancement.

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