Last night after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII, game MVP quarterback Eli Manning was awarded a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid as a gesture of recognition for a job well done. Who are the MVPs on your team and what are you doing to reward their efforts? I’m not saying you need to give away cars to show your thanks. But your business will benefit when you give some kind of recognition to the people who work with and for you.The other day someone was telling me about an article he read that explained how different generations of employees need different levels of recognition. It said that people over 55 think they’re doing a good job as long as they’re not being yelled at. People ages 35-55 like an occasional pat on the back and acknowledgement of their contribution. And workers in their twenties and early thirties need consistent encouragement and to continually be told how well they’re doing. I don’t know how true or valid these “findings” are, but the bottom line is everyone needs to know they are on the right track.
So whether it’s verbal praise, a box of cookies or a new car, the important thing is to make sure your team players know how valuable they are to the team’s success.