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Supervisors: Don't Be Afraid to Let Your Employees Shine

Updated on July 23, 2012
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Christine McDade is a Human Resources professional (PHR & SHRM-CP) with over 18 years in the public sector.

Supervisors should never be afraid to let their employees shine. When kudos or recognition is due for a job well done, proper attention should be given to the employees for their effort. From time to time, I hear of complaints from employees who say their managers took credit for their work or were less than honest about their participation in a high profile project. The result, an employee who is disenchanted with their employer and will be much less motivated to give the same 110% in the future. You see, not only would such a supervisor lose the trust of a hardworking employee, but you are guaranteed to not see such drive and ambition when you need it in the future.

Give Proper Thanks and Signs of Appreciation Regularly

An insecure boss will be an unsuccessful one. Supervisors should never hesitate to allow their employees to excel in work projects for fear of them standing out or looking superior to others. As a leader, supervisors should be grateful for those ambitious employees who want to "think outside the box" and offer suggestions for improving the workplace. As the supervisor, you will have the big picture in sight and can manage whether this input is best for everyone. If, indeed, the employee has an idea that is going to make a significant contribution to the team's work, make sure to recognize that employee for their ingenuity. Such recognition will be appreciated by the employee and others who are watching to see if credit is given properly to the employee. When the right thing is done by the employee, others may be motivated as well to make take extra steps for their career. As their leadership, a supervisor should have much pride in employees under their supervision who are repeatedly going "above and beyond" in the workplace.

How Do You Show Appreciation?

There are many ways to show recognition. Here are a just a few of suggestions:

  • Formally recognize your team member is a staff meeting to assign proper credit to the one who did the work. Coworkers in the meeting will get the chance to realize their accomplishments and offer them their support.
  • Have a formal "Employee of the Month, Quarter", etc. for such occasions. It is nice to have a plaque or some sort of personalized memento that the employee can set on their desk or shelf. Sometimes, taking the employee to breakfast or lunch is another way to celebrate their work. It also gives you a chance for one on one conversation and a break from the office.
  • Have a lunch meeting where you can splurge for pizza or wings can be a nice break for everyone. At this event, you can give employee recognition and everyone can particpate in the celebration.
  • If someone is uncomfortable about public attention, they may prefer to be thanked without much attention to the matter. Give them your thanks in private and still, when possible, give them some sort of gift or reward.

Remember, when your employees look good, so do you!


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    • ChrisMcDade8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine McDade 

      6 years ago from Southwest Florida

      I agree. It is so easy for managers to neglect to give employees the recognition they deserve. Managers who are not supportive of their employees and their achievements miss a really good opportunity to show needed appreciation in the workplace. Employees deserve much more from their leadership for their hard work. Thanks for your comments.

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      6 years ago

      Very good hub....the advice is excellent. Too many times "managers" believe that employees who shine will, in some way, make them look bad. The truth is an employee who shines makes their supervisor look good as well. Always give credit to where it belongs. There is an unwritten rule that all managers should take note of.........You can steal ideas from your staff and take credit for yourself but sooner or later someone will notice that your own work doesn't measure up and then what do you do?


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