Manager Guide to Effective Recognition

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How does effective recognition help managers?

  • Managers see a time savings of 5 hours a month with employee recognition and performance evaluation.
  • Teams using WorkTango see a 10% increase in project delivery.
  • 100% of teams studied see employee engagement increase.

How do I send effective recognition?

Remember SMT: Specific, Timely, and Meaningful!

  • Make it specific: What did they do, and how was it impactful?
  • Make it meaningful: Tag the skills and core values exhibited.
  • Make it timely: The sooner the better!

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Bonus - Make it consistent: Over time, consistent recognition creates a culture of recognition.

Why should you recognize day-to-day work?

  • 81% of employees say they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation.
  • Highlighting day-to-day performance shows employees how their efforts impact their team or company goals and give meaning to their work.
  • Employees who find meaning from their work are 3 times more likely to stay at their jobs longer. 

What else can managers learn from effective recognition? 

Recognition Dashboard 

How to use: See your direct reports' recognition engagement to help identify employees who may need a morale boost by sending more recognition or those who may need a reminder to use the platform.

How to find: Click the "Team Overview" dropdown tab and select 'Recognition dashboard'.


How to use: See where your direct reports rank within the company for engagement, and discover hidden all-stars are in your department.

How to find: Click the “Insights” tab on the left side of the screen.


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