Employees feel better about themselves and their abilities when they're recognized for good, creative work. That almost goes without saying, but it's not always recognized in practice. Days get too busy to salute the people providing the energy behind them. Unless you work at a place like DiGennaro Communications in New York City, where they hand out bright orange cowbells to employees with instructions to set them ringing when a colleague does exceptional work.
Okay, so that's sporting and fun, but it makes good business sense, too. People need their spirits and energy recharged, especially when they've been working hard to make a special impact. When that occurs, they deserve appropriate, even noisy, appreciation. Bell-ringing isn't something to get carried away with, but to turn to at special moments. This New York Post piece details how it works at the DiGennaro shop.
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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