If you supervise people, recognition will help reinforce their good work. If you’re trying to help participants stay motivated, appropriate recognition can reinforce their good efforts. For staff, and especially for participants, be careful with public acknowledgment.
While it can be great motivation, it can also embarrass. Know the people and recognize them in ways they’d like, not just ways that make you feel good; here’s how:
- Be specific. Explain exactly what and why you’re acknowledging this person.
- Reward appropriately. Sometimes just mentioning a job well done is enough. If you give gifts, you may need to keep raising the bar each time.
- Be timely. Tell someone they’ve done a great job while it’s fresh in everyone’s mind. An annual review or fitness reevaluation may be too little too late.
- Never reward mediocrity. If you missed recognizing an accomplishment 6 months ago, don’t reward mediocre performance today.