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Vol. #09, Issue#99
November 2017

Thank you for subscribing to this, our 99th newsletter. 

Thank you for reading, for asking questions and for caring about being a Wake Up Eager Leader and for focusing on creating a Wake Up Eager Workforce! 

Don't miss, at the end of this month's article about recognition and appreciation, a couple of gifts for you to use or to share with someone. 

Now onto our article:
Give Employees Recognition, Consistently: Research, Why You Don't and Four Actions to Help You Do More of This...
Give employees recognition consistently and you'll be less likely to be struggling with turnover and productivity problems. And, you won't get comments like this from a real employee opinion survey I conducted years ago:
"My manager does not give much recognition or many pats on the back.  
Outside of my compensation (which I appreciate very much)  
I've not heard one 'Thank You' or 'Good Job' from my  manager in months! "
"Sometimes I wonder, and I'm not the only one, if he cares about what I do. 
I don't want to sound  needy or anything, but a pat on the back every  
once in awhile would go along way toward making things better."
This employee seemed hesitant to even say how important feedback was to him, but thank goodness he did.  Because he's not alone. In over four million employee interviews Gallup determined that the teams with much higher productivity and customer service scores, and less turnover rated these statements as true:
  • In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.
  • My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.
Their research also reveals that 70% of US workers are NOT engaged and/or committed to their work! WOW - 7 out of 10 employees are not fully there  -  on the job.   Click Here for More Research...

Do not be this guy from -The Office.
Four Reasons Why You Don't Give Employees Recognition Consistently...

Isn't it amazing that more commitment and less turnover can start with something so simple as recognition every week and a supervisor who cares?  

It seems doable, BUT it's not happening.

Year after year Gallup surveys say the same thing: "large numbers of employees are not committed to their company and/or their work."  

Opinion surveys come back - time after time - ranking recognition and feedback as lacking. From my view there are four reasons why you do not give employees recognition consistently:
  1. YOU'RE BUSY: You get so busy that you forget (or run out of time) to do the 'little' things like recognition and showing that you care. You may intend to appreciate and recognize employees, but day-to-day demands can divide your focus. And, before you know it, six months or more can go by without any recognition of good performance.
  2. YOU'RE RESERVED: You might be little reserved in your personality style so you THINK about recognition but you never get around to actually SAYING it out loud.
  3. YOU'RE A CRITIQUE-R:  You're analytical and quality-focused, so much so that you (without even realizing you're doing it) talk about what's not working, more than what is working.
  4. YOUR BELIEF:  You have a belief that too much recognition will make people "too confident and lazy."  You may think that their pay IS their recognition. (Re-read my summary of the research to realize how "Your pay is your recognition" belief may be hurting your own and your company's success and profitability.)
Whatever the reason there's too much information available about how absolutely important feelings of personal accomplishment and recognition for achievement is to performance, that you cannot logically ignore the power of employee recognition.

That is IF you want high performance, low turnover and a thriving team and company!  And I know you do!
Catch your employees doing something right. Ken Blanchard from The One Minute Manager

Actions to Help You Give Employees Recognition Consistently...

Here are simple actions and tools that will help you begin to give employees recognition consistently, and reap the benefits of employee engagement and commitment:
  1. SIMPLE ACTION: Put three pennies on your desk or in your pocket as a reminder to give employees recognition three times every day.  Each time you appreciate and/or value someone's performance - move a penny to the other pocket or into your desk drawer. Start again every morning... (Remember, small efforts add up 1% a day and in 70 days, you're twice improved.)
  2. SURVEY: Use the steps in this article The 12 Best Employee Engagement Survey Questions...  to get feedback.  (Warning!! DON'T do this unless you are committed to following up and doing something about the feedback you receive - or things will get worse!)
  3. START YOUR OWN EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION PROGRAM:  It's simple - make it your goal to create a 3 to 1 ratio with every person on your team, that is THREE "you did this right, you are a good person, I care about your well-being, etc." to every ONE "correct this".  
  4. INSPIRATION: Are you still trying to decide whether you even want to give employees more recognition?  Here's a powerful TED talk by former Kansas City Royals Pitcher Mike Robbins about the power of appreciation that will probably inspire you.  Also, read this short and powerful book:  How Full Is Your Bucket? 
Ongoing feedback and recognition matters to your bottom line, to your success and to the performance of every employee on your team. Shine a light on all that is right, and watch what happens!

gifts"Thank you for you" gifts from me...
  • 17 page eBook on Three Biggest Mistakes Interviewers Make (Something I just started offering to new subscribers, and as a long time subscriber you should have this too!)
  • A Complimentary Talent Insights Assessment (sample report) for you or a friend or a family member.  (A 45 page report on your style and top drivers. It comes directly to the email address entered and takes about 20 minutes to complete.  Also, I'll send over access to my private debrief video.)  https://www.ttisurvey.com/204968TRS
Appreciation before me, Appreciation behind me, Appreciation to the left of me, Appreciation to the right of me, Appreciation above me, Appreciation below me, Appreciation within me, Appreciation all around me.  
All the Best, Suzie


The Four Most Popular - Wake Up Eager Workforce Podcasts
I am working on three new podcasts, creating a series on Executive Presence.  We are also working on getting an Android App.  (Get the Free Apple App, Here) All available in the coming weeks...  So, stay tuned!

Until then, here's a some of Our Most Popular Podcasts so far:
  • Podcast Episode #33 Top Tips for Managing Your Spirit - Stress Management Strategies Series for Professionals, Part 3 of 3
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  • Podcast Episode #27 A Powerful Leadership Skill: Listening Aggressively
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  • Podcast Episode #18 Demystifying and Understanding TriMetrix:What, Why and How to Use it for Hiring and Coaching 
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  • Podcast Episode #21 Accountability Series: How Amazon Creates a Culture of Accountability -An Interview with the Author of The Amazon Way
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  • View Our Directory of All Episodes Here
justforfun This Month - "I've Got a Gratitude Attitude" Song
Fitting in with our theme this month about giving recognition, appreciation and 
Nate Sabin and Family from St Paul_ Minnesota
gratitude consistently, I found this video by accident. 

Since, I've listened to this song over and over and over.

Beautiful voices from a lovely family singing a song that stays with you and uplifts.  They are out of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Watch - and I bet the song will stay with you the rest of the day...  Lovely.

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