Dr. Shahid Amin Trali

Recognizing the efforts of your best performers!

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Employees will appreciate it deeply if the recognition of their efforts is followed by sincere inputs towards a more promising future

Organizations often fail to properly manage their resources and therefore end up making average or even lesser use of the talent that they might possess. A serious concern regarding not valuing and recognizing best talent has been on an alarming high within the hierarchical setups of different organizations as well as Industries and it is believed that organizations are not doing justice with their best performers and therefore ending up on a losing side.

It is sad if organizations are not able to motivate and retain their hard working and the best performers just because of the lack of vision and subsequently affect the overall performance. Such a thing can also put best performers into trouble and they will turn into dull fellows if they are not given the best treatments for their hard work in an organization. An article by Harvard Business Review has rightly mentioned that as leaders, we’ve become so obsessed with efficiency, productivity, and consistency that we’ve designed cultures that can’t handle the exceptions to the rules that real life invariably demands.

It is essential for organizations to keep their hard working and star performers engaged, focused, and motivated. Experts suggest organizations need not to be tempted to bend the feedback rules for top performers. However, it is always essential to follow a good feedback practice. It is the responsibility of the organizations that they must do justice with their hardworking employees. Organizations must do the proper homework; gather data and details to support their feedback. They must describe behaviours, not traits. They must highly focus on what the employee can change in the future.

Organizations must not be unrealistic in setting the targets and deadlines for the employees. It is not in the best interests of the organization itself as well as the employees when there are unrealistic targets and deadlines. Organizations must understand how their hard working and good performers achieve the good results, and what are costs involved for them.  The star performers are always perfect must also not be assumed by the organizations. Everyone has a scope for improvement and the hard working and best performers are not an exception. One can show improvements in his/her current job or the next assignment, within the current set of capabilities or a broader set that will likely come in handy in the future.

It is important for organizations to show gratitude towards employees for their hard work, contributions and success.   The employees will appreciate it deeply if the recognition of their efforts is followed by sincere inputs towards a more promising future.  Organizations can do a lot of harm if they fail to help their hard working employees figure out how they can continue to achieve more in their career path. They must seriously work towards the future goals and aspirations of their employees. There must be serious efforts to solve their problems and help them to overcome from the obstacles that may pose a challenge to them. The organizations cannot succeed without their hardworking and performing employees. There must be serious efforts and commitment towards the employee motivation and development.

Dr. Shahid Amin Trali is an Associate Professor in the School of Management, ITM University Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh and can be reached at [email protected]

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