In the bestselling book, 180 Ways to Walk The Recognition Talk, there is a list of "The Top 10 Reasons for NOT Giving Recognition". Over the years, I've discovered that there are poor reasons (AKA BS excuses) for not responding to recognition opportunities within your organization. Here are 3 of my favorites:
"I don't have the time". For sure time is a precious commodity, and many of us have more stuff to do than time to do it. BUT, somehow we find the time to do the things that are really important to us. So, if you feel that you do not have enough time to recognize positive performance, it just may be that you have not made it a high enough priority. Besides, how much time does it take to say "Great job" or "I appreciate that"? Not much!
"I don’t believe in rewarding people for just doing their job". Me neither! A REWARD is something special for special achievement. But recognition is different. It's an acknowledgement, a favorable notice and a reinforcement that increases the likelihood that people will continue doing their job well....and making work that much easier for you.
"I don’t get it...so why should I give it?" Pure and simple ... because it's the right and smart thing to do! You know how it feels to have your efforts and accomplishments overlooked. You know how it feels to be taken for granted. It STINKS! So, don't let one wrong become your rationale for doing (or in this case NOT doing) another.