38 years ago, the penultimate pop funk band Earth Wind & Fire gave the world a classic: Shining Star. Released during their peak years, Shining Star delivered the uplifting, positive message that was so needed during the mid-70s. Nearly four decades later, the lyrics still ring true, and got me thinking about employee recognition.
Your Team Members Are Stars – Tell Them!
Every single person you work with is a star, or at least should be (if they’re not, why are they even there?). As leaders and team members, we need to remember that everyone likes to be recognized for doing a great job, and it’s up to us to tell them. When you make people feel like stars through recognition, engagement goes up, culture is built, and the company is successful. It’s a no brainer!
Here are 6 lyrics from Shining Star to help you focus on giving more recognition…
“You’re a shining star, no matter who you are”
Right from the top, the title lyrics nail it: It doesn’t matter if you’re working in the corner office or at the front desk, you are a valuable member of the team. Everyone likes to be recognized for a job well done, so be sure to tell your team members.
“Shine bright to see what you could truly be”
Do a great job, and great things will happen…we know this. When a team member is killing it, people notice. Taking the time to recognize a team member will reinforce their core AND emerging skills, and help them truly become who that want to be.
“Words of wisdom: Yes I can”
That’s the right attitude, but recognition programs flip that on it’s end to make communication about someone other than ourselves. “Yes YOU can” is more like it, and is exactly the kind of positive reinforcement electronic recognition programs are all about. In the end, everyone is empowered by the recognition and develops a “can do” attitude.
“Life ain’t what it seems”
Just like in our personal lives, things aren’t always what they appear to be at work. The traditional org chart is a great example of this, as it often tells only part of the story. When employee recognition programs are peer-to-peer, the “influencer org chart” will reveal itself and show you who actually impacts who. You might be surprised!
“To shine its watchful light on you”
This is what it’s all about: to shine a light on all the good deeds happening around an organization. Electronic recognition illuminates all the positive actions, and helps leadership “watch” the success unfold.
“Give you strength to carry on”
At the end of the day, recognition at work makes you feel good; good about yourself, your team members, your company, and your mission. The camaraderie, culture, and connections recognition helps foster is priceless, and will ultimately make both individuals and companies successful.
There are so many reasons why employee recognition is so critical, but at the end of the day we all just want to feel special; to be appreciated; to be a star!