Show your meeting moxie

September 5, 2008 Categorized in: MeetingsRecognitionTactfully Speaking

Ever notice at meetings how some people effortlessly gather attention and recognition while others struggle even to get noticed? Keeping your nose to the grindstone and working hard isn’t enough in today’s workplace. Smart professionals employ meeting moxie to make themselves memorable. Here’s how.

When recognition runs in short supply

August 1, 2008 Categorized in: Recognition

You’re as dependable as a Swiss train: You never miss deadlines, never show up late and always complete even your worst projects ahead of schedule. In return, you’d hope management would offer its appreciation once in a while. Here’s how to get the recognition you deserve without looking as if you’re seeking attention.
Work with a shameless self-promoter? You know, the one who shows off relentlessly and even takes credit for things you’ve done? Here’s how to handle the situation.
Some bosses can’t bring themselves to say, “Good job!” Maybe they think they’re too busy. Maybe they don’t know how. Maybe they just don’t believe people need to be told. For those misguided bosses, we recommend The Carrot Principle.
In a meeting with the entire department, you make the mistake of pitching your idea … as an alternative to your boss’s idea. You e-mail the boss afterward to explain your idea in more detail, hoping to smooth things over and pique her interest. But she isn’t talking. Was your idea really that bad?
If your performance evaluation is at least six months away, start tracking now the value you bring to your job, especially if you want a raise. That’s according to David Lorenzo, managing partner at The Gallup Organization and author of Career Intensity.
You’re the only one who really knows what you want. So ask for it. That’s the lesson Mackenzie Dawson learned at her first job as an entry-level newspaper writer. She longed to write feature-length stories.

Craving kudos? Try these 4 tips

March 1, 2007 Categorized in: Recognition

In a perfect world, managers would regularly tell you what a fantastic job you’re doing and how they notice all the hard work you put into everything you do. Most workplaces aren’t perfect, though.
Your job is expanding, but your paycheck isn’t. Sound familiar? Here’s what HR experts say to do.

Measuring excellent performance

March 1, 2005 Categorized in: Recognition

The very fact that great admins keep the wheels of business well-greased can make it difficult to identify all the specifics in job descriptions, much less to develop concrete goals, objectives and recognition for excellent performance.
Speaking up about an unhappy situation at work could be the best thing you do, for the boss, the team and yourself. Good bosses reward positive role models, dole out praise, promotions and choice assignments to individuals who contribute to a supportive work environment.
An employee from another department who’s willing to pitch in when you need extra help seems like a gift. Just take these steps to avoid stirring conflict or a turf war among the offices
Get creative juices flowing by involving everyone in honoring the workers in your office with fun, humorous, and clever awards.