No news is good news is not a management philosophy

Lack of employee recognition

Lack of employee recognition is damaging company performance

The lack of recognition takes a terrible toll on morale, productivity, and, ultimately, profitability.

Recognition is not complicated, in fact, it’s completely to the contrary

Studies consistently show that people need attention from their supervisors in order to stay engaged. Managers with a “No news is good news” philosophy fail to realise that most people perceive a lack of feedback as punishment.

It is both simple and inexpensive for leaders to solve the recognition deficit in their organizations. So get to work!

  • Celebrate first downs, not just touchdowns. Employees want to be acknowledged for successes affecting the company and are more inclined to drive results when their work is celebrated. Publicly recognizing and rewarding small wins keeps everyone motivated over the long haul. Don’t be the Negative Nelly who says, “Well, it’s great that we just closed that new sale, but we’re still 2 million EURO behind budget this year!”
  • Show respect by sharing as much information as possible: “The more they know, the more they’ll understand. The more they understand, the more they’ll care. Once they care, there’s no stopping them.
  • The power of THANK YOU. The reality is that a “thank you” is much more powerful than a bonus!
  • Make it timely. Don’t wait for monthly meetings or annual performance reviews. Good things are happening all around the organization – notice them and seize any opportunity to acknowledge them
  • Make it personal. A customized, thoughtful gift will have a bigger impact than something mass-produced, regardless of the price tag
  • Make recognition as fun as possible

Publicly recognizing and rewarding small wins keeps everyone motivated over the long haul. Make recognition as fun as possible. Verdo Tele celebrating 40% in market share.

Recognition increases productivity and creates an organizational culture of engaged employees, positively affecting the company’s bottom line.

Employee recognition is cost-free (almost) to provide, but costly to neglect. So remember:

No news is good news is NOT Leadership


Short URL & title:
No news is good news is not a management philosophy — https://www.torbenrick.eu/t/r/juv
Share it:
If you enjoyed this article, please take 5 seconds to share it on your social network. Thanks!

Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and United Kingdom

View Comments

  • Important point Torben! I've explored some of the work of Angeles Arrien, who had cultivated interesting research as a cultural anthropologist and she shares some similar views regarding the importance of recognizing people and ways to do this sincerely.

Published by
Torben Rick

Recent Posts

Once upon a time – The impact of disruption

The impact of disruption on business models - Disruption is changing the value propositions for…

1 year ago

Change Management might be dead – Let’s go and have a nice funeral

Change management is obsolete - Change management is broken - Change management isn't applicable anymore.…

2 years ago

Without a crisis no organizational change

Companies need a crisis to change Organizations need to be able to make dramatic adjustments…

2 years ago

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – Fix it anyway

Is there something profoundly wrong with some of the basic assumptions about how change works?…

2 years ago

Why does organizational change fail

Changing something across the entire organization is a big deal, and a big commitment. Six…

2 years ago

When corporate cultures breed dishonesty

Many of the corporate scandals in the past several years have been cases of wide-scale…

3 years ago