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Good morning and Happy Monday!
I’m Monica Wofford and this is your Monday Moment.

A new question came up recently that I thought I’d share and the way it was phrased to me made me giggle. This leader said “but how on earth do you recognize and cheer people on when they’re behind a camera and you never actually get to SEE them?” SEE as in really see them … in person, of course.

But I immediately imagined all these invisible employees, then right after the great resignation became the big disappearing act… it was a

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Virtual high fives may seem silly, but those who need that type of recognition won’t find it silly. Instead, they’ll find it meaningful, playful, energetic, and well-received in front of anyone else on Zoom who might be watching.

whole thing in my head, but yes, what a wonderfully valid question.

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Recognition comes in four general forms. Public, Private, Tangible and Intangible.

Emails, notecards, certificates, visual high fives on screen, sharing kind words about people when they’re not there (but you know it will get back to them), and many, many other ways make recognition in a virtual workplace possible. And even more so, feasible, relevant, applicable, and doable.

Here’s a tip I’ve used with great success for years:

Find out what are the one or two things that an employee you wish to praise likes or enjoys for lunch, for example. Have it delivered to the office where they are, or in many cases in our current workforce, to their home. Send her her favorite flower. Send him his favorite type of writing utensil. The options are endless… and personal. And, as long as you’re doing this kind of thing for everyone, you’re being equitable and showing each team member he or she is valued.

I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment.
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