A Heartening Way To Give Recognition To Your Team

A Heartening Way To Give Recognition To Your Team - People Development Magazine
A Heartening Way To Give Recognition To Your Team - People Development Magazine

Do you give recognition to your team?

Anne was going through a challenging time at work. Due to restructuring, her workload had tripled in less than a month. She was stressed out, running at a hectic pace and doing her best to not drop any balls. It was tough and she was feeling the pressure. I had been seeing Anne at least once a week for the past three months to coach her through this transition. She was coping, but she wasn’t having any fun. And then suddenly when I saw her this week, everything was significantly different.  It was a revealing lesson of how to give recognition to your team.

Anne was in high spirits and full of smiles and I was fascinated to find out what had brought about this significant change. Anne explained that earlier in the day her boss had called the entire team together to verbally thank each and every team member personally for their contribution over the last few months. Her boss highlighted specific challenges that each one had faced during the restructuring process and gave them each a unique reward as well. It was the first time in three months that I had seen Anne in a positive and light mood. She was excited and happy.

Importance of recognition

It reminded me again of how incredibly important it is to be recognised where recognition is due. Anne’s workload had not suddenly changed in that single day. The same challenges and the same stresses were still there to be dealt with, but the personal recognition had instantaneously energised and refuelled her determination and motivation to continue to do a great job. Maybe even more so.

Do you realise how incredibly powerful a tool this is? The resulting impact will by far overshadow the time and monetary value invested in giving the recognition and the reward to each of those team members. In a single hour, that team has been completely transformed. It left me wondering why more organisations do not apply this more often.

If you are feeling undervalued the chances are that some of your colleagues are feeling the same way too. Why not put that little bit of extra focus into intentionally seeking opportunities to sincerely recognise and reward your team members for their contribution. We all need a bit of gratitude and encouragement every now and then. Give yours!  It might just change everything!

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Su-Mari du Bruyn

Su-Mari du Bruyn

All businesses face continuous changes in the business environment. Long term business sustainability is directly linked to the ability to continuously improve and Adapt To Change. Along with globalization came increased competitiveness and in today’s economic circumstances one of the biggest pressures most businesses face, is financial pressure –the pressure to maintain or improve business results in the midst of increasing competitive forces. The downfall of many businesses lies in their attempt to address these pressures with strategies that proved successful in the past…in an environment that today no longer exists. The world is significantly different today and today flexibility and innovation are almost synonymous with business sustainability.With more than 50 years’ experience, the continuous improvement and supply chain experts at Adapt To Change are making businesses better! Adapt To Change is dedicated to transform, optimize and empower organizations and the individuals that work within them.
Su-Mari du Bruyn
  Our very latest Q & A with Su-Mari Du Bruyn! Su-Mari Du Bruyn is co-founder of the company Adapt To Change. She is a qualified HR practitioner and logistics specialist and is passionate about Continuous Improvement and people development. Through Adapt To Change, she assists businesses to improve their business performance and better engage their staff.She believes that all individuals should have a healthy, stimulating and gratifying work environment and that is why she has dedicated her life to transforming, optimize and empower organizations and the individuals that work within them.. Q & A With Su-Mari Du Bruyn - People Development NetworkQ.   What Do You Do? Adapt To Change's business enhancement specialists assists businesses to improve their financial performance and be more competitive.  Long term business sustainability is directly linked to the ability to continuously improve and Adapt To Change. In today’s economic circumstances, one of the biggest pressures most businesses face is the pressure to maintain or improve business results in the midst of increasing competitive forces. The continuous improvement and supply chain experts at Adapt To Change can assist through a wide range of services, including business and management consulting, training or by assisting clients to align business strategy with execution and performance management. We are dedicated to transforming, optimize and empower organizations and the individuals that work within them. Q.   Who can most benefit from the work you do? We focus on assisting organizations with between 10 and 150 employees in either the manufacturing or services sectors. Q.   What excites you about what you do? I am passionate about Continuous Improvement and people development and in this line of work I get to contribute to both! My wish is for all individuals to have a healthy, stimulating and gratifying work environment and that is why I have dedicated my life to transform, optimize and empower organizations and the individuals that work within them. Q.   What are you most proud of achieving? Building Adapt To Change from scratch with my two amazing business partners and writing and publishing my first book The Power To Ignite. Q.    Who is the biggest inspiration in your life and why? My parents. They have instilled in me a positive can do attitude. Just looking at what they have accomplished and overcome is a wonderful example that I admire. I am extremely grateful for their love and support. Q.    What is your favorite leadership or people development book and why? The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is an amazing, easy to read the story that teaches valuable life lessons. A very close second would be The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, which shares real life lessons about making your own dreams come true and enabling the dreams of others. Q.   What is the most important piece of business advice you can give our readers? Never ever forget that you are working with real human beings. It may sound ludicrous, but most things in businesses go wrong when the people in charge of the organization lose sight of this important truth. And never ever stop learning and evolving! Knowledge not applied, is wasted. Thank You, Su-Mari!   

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