The only recognition I ever received at work was for performance and exhibiting excellence in a given (work-related) talent. Recognition wasn't given for showing up - no one cared if I was there or not as long as the work was done and they didn't have to see me (seeing me meant they had to deal with a problem). The only other recognition was the "Hello" or "Good Morning" from someone passing through the lab or hallway.
To quote Joz:
Well Wocca, how would you define it??
It has become such an everyday thing here in the US...the dumbest little thing gets an award....or a pat on the back. It starts in grade school...they get ribbons just for participating! I think they have got to the point of praising mediocrity that no one notices truly outstanding accomplishments anymore....very sad...
That sounds like my job here. Everyone gets praised all the time - no matter what. After a while, you realize that the person who comes in an hour late and takes 6 coffee breaks and leaves early gets as much praise as the ones who give 100%. I like something to strive for - and I truly like to be told when I'm off the mark.
What bothers me most is that they're not "critical" of the work we produce here. I truly believe we learn from our mistakes and that builds better projects - but if every project is prasied for being fantastic, there's no bar to reach for anymore. We could mail an envelope full of poo and I'm sure the powers that be would say "Oh, that's so innovative!"
Recognition for me, is being praised or rewarded for your efforts. Last week, we had our firstly foreign teachers' monthly meeting of the year here at the Chinese university in Kunming. The professor in charge of the Foreign Affairs' Office apologised on behalf of the whole department for not being able to serve us better, and advised that we would be taken on a tour to Lion Mountain about two hours away. Everyone was invited to bring boyfriends or girlfriends along them. Six (of the nine) foreign teachers as well as nine Chinese, went last weekend. We stayed in a nice hotel, taken on tour, and were dined by local government officials. Afterwards, the university leaders thanked us for coming on tour with them, and want us to mention if there is any thing else they can do to make us happy
Renegotiation of our teaching contracts come up in about two months, and at the moment, I think we're all feeling very kind towards each other. The university and the civic leaders have proven to be excellent good will ambassadors for the Chinese government
I WANT YOUR JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!
I WANT YOUR JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome to the club
I used to need the pad on the back to feel good about the work I would put out. I would come in the earliest, leave the latest, work weekends (and I was strictly salaried, which meant no overtime pay), it never really got appreciated and the moment I stopped it appeared as I wasnt giving 100% anymore. I was working the same as the rest.
Sooner or later you realize that the extra work isnt much appreciated so I am happy knowing that I am giving 100% and I no longer need anyone to see it or anyone to tell me "Good job Anne". In 1 yr, 9 months and 10 days (but who is counting) I will be self employed and I will have to be the one praising my employees. Ironically enough, I dont like doing that either... What to do, what to do...
Mr. Isa here...
Don't feel bad people....the work itself should be the reward...or at least the paycheck should be the reward.
I NEVER get recognition for ANYTHING at work (odd, considering I make a "consumer product"), and have even been told outright (from my boss) that he will never compliment me on a good job. I only ever hear when things "don't taste as good as the last batch", which is quite puzzling since taste is probably the most subjective of all the senses.
I am also in charge of 43 Teamsters (union people----though the term "people" is stretching it a bit). I am constantly having to soothe their fragile egos with "good job" or "well done". When they don't perform as they should, I can't really yell at them because their work performance drops dramatically. So, I've had to learn to be the consumate manager, explaining slowly and thoughtfully how they shouldn't have done such a stupid thing. They're children, really, and need to be coddled (though firmly). It just goes against my nature to be nice to someone who can't accomplish a simple task, who costs the company money, and who need to be re-trained how to use the timeclock after a weeks' vacation....even though they have been doing the same tasks for 20 or 30 years.
Sure, it has driven me to drink.......but I am a Brewmaster....it's kind of expected. I'm considering pharmaceuticals as a replacement.
By the way, I am expected to compliment my boss for pretty much everything.....
Boss: Say Kris, I just went to the bathroom on my own!!
Me: Fine job Boss!! Did you remember to flush this ttime?
Boss: Why are you so negative?
Me: Not me Boss, I'm a company guy.
Make peace with your own mind and forget the rest. After all, if you can live with yourself, maybe someone else can too.
For me recognition at work is when people don't come up to me nd ask "who the heck are you and what are you doing here?!"
Recognition is also not really a good thing in our industry, as we normally only get it when something has gone horribly wrong