by Mark Barbee, CRP | February 09, 2014
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Every week, we feature a piece of expert advice from a certified recognition professional (CRP) from Recognition Professionals International, an industry association dedicated solely to understanding, improving, and advancing employee recognition & rewards in the workplace. Send your questions to [email protected] or via Twitter @RPITweets

Q: Can you provide a list of some simple ways I can recognize the employees who are on my team?
A: Here are some meaningful ways to recognize employees on a team. 

1. Write a personal note to congratulate employees on their professionalism.
2. Give positive verbal feedback for a job well done.

3. Look for professional development opportunities that you can offer employees.

4. During a meeting, recognize an employee’s creativity and communicate team achievements to recognize the group working together to others at the company.

5. Tell an employee that you admire his or her perseverance and recognize his or her resourcefulness.

6. Organize a recognition event after the successful completion of a project.

7. Give employees an opportunity to come and meet with you to thank them and share information while asking them their opinion on challenges they are facing.

8. Take the time to get to know your employees on a personal level. For example, if you know their kids play sports, find out if their team won.
9. Simply stated: Look for opportunities to simply say thank you at every turn.

About Our Expert: Mark Barbee, CRP, is the immediate past president of Recognition Professionals International and serves as vice president, account group leader for Maritz. Mark Barbee profit and loss responsibility for all of the non-automotive accounts within Maritz Motivation. He is directly responsible for sales, account management, client services, creative services, technology, and all program operations. His experience in the reward and recognition industry spans more than 25 years, and includes work with multiple Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries. In addition to serving as the immediate past president of Recognition Professionals International (RPI), he has also served on RPI’s Executive Board for the past three years.

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