This one hit home hard! Whire I work some PM’s continually get publically recognized for going above and beyond for things as insignificant as making a xerox copy of a document for someone that was unable to attend a meeting.
The sad thing is the people who’re responsible for the recognition think they’re doing a good job. The impact of poorly targeted rewards on the rest of the team can’t be overestimated in my opinion. Thanks for the comment.
I work at a large state university. Certain departments have a policy of submitting candidates for every “recognition” that comes down the block. These same departments also try to “spread it around” and not repeatedly nominate the same people (if you weren’t outstanding for the last ten years – are you now outstanding because you are the only person who hasn’t been nominated?). Others have an attitude of “you can submit someone if you think they are really worth it”. Needless to say, the idea that employee/student/instructor of month/quarter/year actually are the top employees or students is not taken seriously.
Vaske13, and I’m guessing they can’t take any positive action to fix the problem (or even justify removing it) because it would be too difficult to question the validity of previous winner.
There’s an Everybody Love’s Raymond episode with Frank getting nominated as Man of the Year at the lodge. Same humor. Good job Stuart…love your stuff.
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