Recognition is risky business. Some leaders believe that people will stop performing if they're recognized. Some leaders are fearful of recognition ... here are a few reasons:
Show favoritism and you're done. Your recognition will be shown for what it is: you take care of people you like, and you don't take care of people you don't like.
Recognize people for non-performance and you will lose credibility. Your recognition will look more like a pep rally than a business strategy.
- Recognize people inappropriately and it can backfire. In other words, some people simply do not want public recognition, but they won't mind a gift certificate for dinner.