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01/21/2010

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Outstanding post! I'm putting you in for a Pulitzer Prize!

Excellent post. You have simplified a very complex situation without oversimplifying. One way to achieve what you seem to be seeking is through strategic employee recognition. Such recognition is based on company values and strategic objectives (getting everyone involved in achieving the big picture but only within the context of desired behaviors), but also strongly encourages peer-to-peer recognition. This helps eliminate some of the competitive aspects that can happen in manager-to-employee only approaches (the "teacher's pet" phenomenon) by letting anyone recognized their colleagues. This spreading of goodwill throughout the organization also rewards based on personal and company performance. Best of all worlds...

Paul, thank you for your feedback as well as for bringing this discussion to the WorldAtWork online community.

Derek - I agree and enjoyed your recent post on peer to peer recognition programs.

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