RecogNation, an employee recognition blog


RecogNation, an employee recognition blog
It’s Time to recognize: Discover daily insights, ideas, and inspiration on all things employee recognition, corporate culture, and wellness.

Are You Too Busy to Give Employee Recognition?

These Quick & Easy Ideas Will Help Maximize Your Time!

Your day starts before the sun is up and before the rest of the troops file in to the office. It ends with the man in the moon peeking through your office window. It’s just you and the hum of fluorescent lighting remaining… In-between, you’ve attended meetings, answered calls, and tended to your ever-overflowing inbox. You’re saving the world—putting out one fire after another—and, let’s face it, you’re exhausted.What you really need is a break—but your team really needs YOU. They need feedback, direction, advice, encouragement, and appreciation. Neglect your team and you neglect the one entity that holds the key to your success. So, what’s a time-challenged manager to do?


Keep your ear (or someone else’s) to the ground.

You can’t always have the face time you want or need to have with your team, which makes it tougher to plug in to what and how they’re doing. But, you can enlist a team leader or confidant who can help keep you up to date and aware—of the victories and challenges alike. Schedule regular time with that individual for a pulse check and you can ensure that you’ll won’t miss out on the big things, the little things, or anything in between.


Gather an arsenal.

If you don’t even have time for a lunch break, how on earth are you going to get to the card store to pick up everyday notes for your team? If you have a Cheers Kit on hand, you won’t need to! A single kit fits neatly on any desk and puts employee recognition right within reach. These cards are designed for a short, quick note, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time writing.


Take it on the go.

Keep a Peel & Stick Note Set in your planner or portfolio and you can do drive-by recognition whenever you need to. You’re always on your way to somewhere…make a quick stop along way and you’ll make someone’s day by showing you noticed. If you’re looking for a more tangible reward, 


Get everyone involved.

Guess what? You don’t have to do it all yourself! Peer recognition is just as valuable as recognition from managers. Shout Outs are our favorite tool, but if you already have a Cheers Kit, you can keep it in a central area and give everyone access to the notes.Looking for more tools for busy managers? Click here to see our entire collection of managers’ tools. And, now that you have the know-how, it’s time to stop being busy and time to get busy!


Master Your Summer Event With These Easy Tips!

Can you believe it? Yes, the polar vortex did finally get knocked off its axis and spring, seeing the opportunity, managed to sneak past it. Along with green grass, bountiful blooms, (seasonal allergies!), and warm breezes, it's also summer event planning time! Time think about the what, the how, and the where of this important workplace activity.


Can We Reverse Disengagement Trends In the Workplace?

Although I am a firm believer in leaving work at work, I always keep the office door of my brain open in case some bright idea needs to get in or out. And, that very often happens—even more often at inopportune times. I might be streaming the latest (or last!) episode of Mad Men and have to shout: “Pause, please!” so I can write myself a note. Or, I might wake in the night and send an email to my work address containing a barely comprehensible message that I need to decode the next day. Here’s one that was in my inbox this morning:


Our 10 Favorite Pinterest Boards for Health & Wellness

We are into the 5th week of our health & wellness challenge here at the 'ville. Everyone is gearing up for some big runs happening soon, lots of trips to the restroom are happening from all the water drinking , and some fitness selfies are being posted in the common area to keep us energized!


6 Simple Steps to Building and Motivating a Team of Superstars

All you have to do is Google “Team Building” and you will not have a shortage of definitions and ideas. I know as a Manager of a large sales team I have often had to research new ideas, not only to help build the best team, but to keep the best team. I have read a lot about how to use team building activities to keep my sales reps engaged and excited to do their jobs every day. I have to admit that it is not as hard to do that here at Baudville, since it is an awesome place to work, but just like you I still have to work at keeping the employees happy! I have found that I can make my job easier if I follow these 6 steps:




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