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Younger Employees Want More Recognition... But Do They Really?

There are not-so-subtle differences between recognition and feedback. Do you know what they are?


When I see this, I can't help but wonder- do they really want recognition... or feedback?Recognition does not always mean getting a pat on the head. Acknowledgment and feedback are actually terrific forms of recognition. What I hear most from employees is that they hear NOTHING from their manager. Here's a quick explanation of the difference between recognition and feedback. 

Recognition is all about acknowledging and celebrating an employee's achievements, skills, or contributions to the company. It's a form of positive reinforcement that helps boost morale, motivation and engagement among employees. Recognition can take many forms, such as verbal or written praise, public acknowledgment, rewards or perks, and even promotions or bonuses.

Feedback, on the other hand, is a more direct and constructive communication that focuses on specific areas where an employee can improve their performance, skills or behavior. Feedback should always be clear, specific, constructive, and timely to be effective. It can help employees identify their strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and develop their professional skills.

While both recognition and feedback are important for creating a positive and productive work environment, they serve very different purposes. Recognition helps build a sense of appreciation and loyalty among employees, while feedback helps them identify areas to grow and develop. So, as a manager or leader, try asking your team which they really prefer and give them a little context. The answer might surprise you.