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RECOGNITION BASICS: How to overcome obstacles of employee engagement

Here’s a quick ‘How To’ basic guide for implementing and promoting productivity and engagement within workplace culture.

Create a fun and friendly working atmosphere: a welcoming workplace is a comfortable workplace. Building a business culture with these traits creates a strong buffer over employee dissatisfaction.

Enhance employee morale: even if it’s for the smallest tasks, recognition enables workers to realize they did not just ‘a good job’, but ‘the right job’! Employees should be excited to come to work, not dread it.

Increase motivation: – recognition removes negativity and drives workers to succeed further. When everyone is being propelled in the same direction, business goals and vision can be fulfilled.

Be a leader with IMPACT: recognize a good idea, instill confidence and solve complex problems with your team. Generate meaning out of tasks even if they are as simple as asking an employee to write a blog post. An engaged workplace is a productive workplace, recognizing effort creates impact and shows results every step of the way.

Collaborate and innovate: Encouraging teamwork and communication ignites clarity in decision-making. Teams should utilize SMART goal setting (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) to ensure maximum efficiency in projects and product development.

If your product isn’t performing well: Break it, fix it, tweak it, change it, upgrade it! A good product is one that fulfills a need, a great product is one that fulfills it better than others; utilize FOCUS and enable shared inputs from fellow colleagues – it all helps boost engagement as well as polish the final product.

[Positive] feedback is everything: smart and innovative products don’t just pop out from thin air; they arrive from innovation and teamwork! It’s always important as a manager to criticize constructively, make feedback constant and ensure your employees can FLEARN (learning from failing).

Make recognition constant: there are many other forms of recognition than the simple ‘good job’ and ‘thank you’. Some firms implement a ‘recognition wall’ full of post-it notes, but with the tech savvy generations of X, Y and Z its crucial to have something that is simple and can be used regularly.


WooBoard is an employee recognition platform that promotes a welcoming, friendly and productive workplace culture. It is an easy, fun and accessible way to communicate constant feedback and praise between managers and individual employees.

photo credit: JD Hancock cc

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