Recognition is the employers best form of communication to your employees. It tells them how they are doing their job, and that they are appreciated for their time and efforts given to the company. If you delay your presentation of recognition for the yearly company picnic or holiday party, you’ve lost the impact of the recognition. Employers need to present the award or item for recognition as soon as possible to maintain the effect of communicating “This is what we’ve been needing around here!”.
In other words, think of it as training a puppy. Funny as it sounds, employees are much like that. They need the immediate reinforcement of when they do something right. You don’t save patting the dog on the head and giving it a treat till the end of the training session, you give praise right away. Inherently you know that is what works to reinforce appropriate behavior. People are no different. They need to know as soon after the praiseworthy event has happened, that you are pleased with their efforts. Keep it sincere, keep it fun, keep it frequent and you will find that your employees will be “begging” for more work or responsibilities so they can keep getting more “Treats”!
Telling your employees how much you appreciate them and their talents, their efforts will never get old. Keep your eyes open for all of the good things going on. Plan recognition events, they can be short and sweet, but very effective in raising morale in the workplace.