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Why doesn’t the recognition I give staff at team meetings seem to be appreciated by everyone?


Q - I really appreciate it when one of the team goes above and beyond their duties, and always give them recognition at a team meeting, usually with a gift of some sort.  However this doesn’t always seem to be motivating for the individual - why not?

A - By giving the recognition at a team meeting you are satisfying an individual’s need for public recognition.  Not everyone wants public recognition, in fact some people will be embarrassed by receiving an ‘award’ like this in front of the team.  If you continue to give the public praise, make sure you explain WHY they are getting it, as this will appeal to their need to make a difference.  Start to think about what else might motivate them, and consider a wider range of reward strategies to meet those motivators.