Monday, August 3, 2009

Who Are We To Preach?

Not too long ago I was on an International Panel discussing how recognition differs around the world.

As the discussion went on, I had an interesting thought…

“Who are we to preach?”

Research shows that close to 90% of North American companies have recognition programs yet 60% of employees don’t feel appreciated or recognized. (“How Full is Your Bucket: Positive Strategies for Work and Life” by Tom Rath & Donald Clifton, Gallup Press, 2004)

If anything, this is a powerful indication that what we are doing in North America isn’t working. It tells me we need to get our own house in order before we go off and tell other countries how they should be running recognition programs!

Without the risk of sounding too outrageous, perhaps we could even learn something from our “global friends”!