I was following Rafique’s blog on acknowledgement and recognition and found it invigorating as well as intriguing. Rafique enlists the positive effects of this on the receiver, giver and the community. He suggests that acknowledgement and recognition are a step towards better performance of the individual (so far so good) and the team (this is where it gets tricky). This set me thinking...and hence this blog, my first one (Thanks Rafique!).
While agreeing with Rafique and others who commented on the positive aspects of acknowledgement, I would like to raise another aspect of this.
In the context of a (fiercely) competitive work environment how does one publicly acknowledge someone for their outstanding contribution or excellence without generating jealousy and insecurity among peers/ others?
Even within a family or community setting the by-product of acknowledgement and appreciation could often be resentment and agony among others. Indeed it may motivate many to strive for excellence but does it also not aggravate (many) others, which in turn may result in backbiting and underhand activities aimed at undermining the person who is acknowledged?
My question is- is this inevitable? (I would not like to think so)
And if not, what should we keep in mind when acknowledging, recognising or appreciating someone so that it does not unleash a negative undercurrent in the workplace, family or community setting causing more harm than good?
I look forward to hearing your experiences and views.