Categories: Managing employees

How do you prefer to get feedback and/or recognition?

Asked by Jef Lippiatt Owner at Startup Chucktown Category Managing employees

We are all different. But I'd like some different perspectives into what makes us all feel appreciated.

I personally prefer constructive and collaborative feedback. I enjoy private "thank yous" but enjoy my accomplishments recognized publicly as well (if for nothing else than to help people understand what I do).

So, lets hear about you!

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Hmm, tricky question. In business, I've got to say I love recognition. It makes me feel appreciated and valued - especially in small business where you lack the interactions of a busy office with lots of co-workers.

But I also like getting constructive feedback because it helps us see what we're doing well and where there could be room for improvement.

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Sarah Irwin SME Community Director at SavvySME


I like continued feedback on a job well done. I like knowing regularly that I'm meeting expectations.

I think whenever I have gone above and beyond a public acknowledgement was valued. As little as a CC'd email can mean so much.

I can think of one situation where my hard work was recognised as the hard work of my manager. It's the mark of a good leader where your team is exceeding expectations and their achievements are celebrated. Recognising your employees is a reflection of your own achievement as a leader and mentor. Taking the credit will never make your employees want to ever exceed expectations again.

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  • Jef Lippiatt Thanks for sharing Sarah. I have also been in situations where credit is given to my superior for the work instead of to me. However, at least several times I've had a manager or supervisor that corrected everyone publicly and acknowledged that it was my contribution not theirs and that is very rewarding. Because not only do you get the credit but you realize that you have a standup boss.

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Greg Rogers Founder and CEO at REthink HQ


Hi Jef,

I see that your a regular contributor to the site, I would like to acknowledge that. Without regular contributors like you the whole concept kinda doesnt work as well!

Is that reinforcing for you?

If it is the likelihood of you increasing the behaviour that is being reinforced is higher.

If it's not then the likelihood is that the behaviour will decrease.

Fairly simplistic answers to an area of Science as complex as us, individuals and humans!

My answer is certainly not meant to be blase or condescending in anyway, the Science of Human Behaviour is a fascinating subject.

Your question is actually the best answer, you need to ask the individual cos it's different strokes for different folks.

The father of Human Behaviour, BK Skinner, will tell you that the biggest variables around the concept of human behaviour are actually the environment and timing.

Telling the wife/girlfriend/partner/mistress that she looks hot in that dress...the next morning...just aint as reinforcing as when she steps into the doorway! Guaranteed.

That's about the effectiveness of timing on behaviour. The more immediate the reinforcement, the greater influence on behaviour.

Telling the wife/girlfriend/partner/mistress that she looks hot in that front of her work opposed to the privacy of your own going to elicit a completely different response. Guaranteed. That's about the effectiveness of the environment on behaviour. The environment alone can influence or change behaviour.

I enjoyed responding to this, I feel reinforced and rewarded.



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  • Jef Lippiatt Thanks for your response. I wasn't actually asking as much for guidance as I wanted to hear how other people prefer to get recognition and why they prefer that specific type of recognition.
    Doing so helps me get an understanding of how to recognize people that may prefer different types of recognition than myself. So getting some feedback gives me insight into knowing or seeing the signs of a preferred recognition type.

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  • Greg Rogers You are doing the right thing simply by asking Jef, to me that's the key. Find out and then put into place as appropriate.

    As I said the environment and timing are big variables.


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