Let’s start with our baseline: everyone desires recognition.
It could be a big, showy display or a simple pat on the back (socially distanced of course), but there is an inherent desire to be appreciated and thanked by the counterpart. Recognition allows someone to be fully appreciated for what they bring to the table, whether that is a job well done or impacting someone’s life. Adam Grant, best-selling author and top-rated professor at the Wharton School, speaks to the importance of “givers” to the success of an organization and how to best create a culture of generosity; recognition is a vital component of being a giver.
Recognition is more than a name on a plaque or even an extra bonus check (though those are certainly nice to have). According to Ceren Cubukcu and William Craig, recognition helps to build trust, enables greater happiness, increases engagement (whether that is in a job or relationship), and shows the appreciation of the leaders around them.
So much of the culture today centers around results-driven recognition. This does a disservice to those who are interpersonally driven; it should be a balance between results and relationships. The opportunity for recognition starts at the onset of a relationship and should go hand-in-hand with results being achieved.
It is important to honor that some people are driven by interpersonal connections, while some are driven by results.