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We Asked, You Responded: What’s the Best Way to Recognize Employees?

March 08, 2016 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute


How do you prefer to be recognized at work? What type of recognition is most meaningful to you?

We recently asked our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter followers these same questions, and while we couldn’t share all of the responses, here are a few highlights:

Those are definitely some great responses! In general, those responding were overwhelmingly in support of the idea that there is a subtle, but very important difference in being recognized as an individual.

At Disney Institute, we too have observed that meaningful recognition can look different to different people. Therefore, to truly drive strong employee engagement and keep employees happier over time, leaders should try to personalize, or tailor, their recognition approach as much as possible.

So, how do we do it at Disney? We simply start by asking Cast Members how they like to be recognized. And, as we’ve previously written about, there are many good approaches to offering personalized recognition, including catching employees doing ‘it’ right and tailoring your approach to the introverts and extroverts on your team.

Ultimately, we believe that the best way to provide genuine care is to recognize people how they want, not just in a manner that is most convenient for the organization, or only in ways that managers themselves prefer to be recognized.

Tell us - Do you know how your employees like to be recognized? What is one way you can tailor your approach to the individuals on your team?


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Posted in Employee Engagement | Tagged Employee Engagement, Culture, Workplace Culture, Company Culture, Organizational Culture, Recognition, Employee Recognition, Bruce Jones


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