You’re sitting on a hard bench outside the principal’s office, awaiting your turn. You can’t remember doing anything to get in trouble. Your gut flips and your mind races. As you frantically plan how to break it to your mom, Mrs. Walker calls your name. “Congratulations!” she says, shaking your hand. “You worked so hard this semester to bring up your grades in English that you made my Honor Roll. Well done! I expect great things from you.” That sinking feeling evaporates, and you’re on Cloud Nine. Perhaps you were invited to a party or ceremony marking the occasion, but was that the real reward? Honor Roll motivates on many levels. One-on-one recognition is just as important as public recognition—the handshake means as much as being on the list hanging in the hallway. Honor Roll follows the cardinal rule of recognition: the benchmark is established and open to all. Hit that target GPA, and bullseye! Whether you compete against the entire student body or your own personal best, the ultimate goal is achievement (and perhaps the chance to be “Principal for a Day”). An added bonus, Principal Walker created a climate of expectation and belief in your abilities.
One-on-one recognition is just as important as public recognition—the handshake means as much as being on the list hanging in the hallway.
What can your organization do to reduce the fear of punishment and increase pride and a sense of accomplishment? Building a relationship is one of the most meaningful forms of recognition. Reward your people regularly with words and actions, in your office and company-wide, as a colleague and as a friend. Make it personal, and make it memorable. Go ahead, put it down on their permanent records. For inspiration check out our products and services page!