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Giving recognition to your political staff

It’s time to show your appreciation for those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to get you where you need to be.

Giving recognition to your political staff is important to show your appreciation for their hard work. Marshall Ganz’ Framework titled PEOPLE, POWER AND CHANGE provides great insight and understanding for those wanting to become better leaders within their organisations. “Leadership is taking responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose…” and in 2022 an intrinsic part of leadership and building others up is giving recognition.

It is important to give recognition to your political staff for a number of reasons. First, it shows them that you value their contributions and appreciate their hard work. Second, it helps to create a positive work environment and benefits in creating a shared structure. Finally, it can help to retain good employees and attracts new talent to your network.

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There are many ways to give recognition to your political staff. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Publicly acknowledge their hard work. This could be done through social media, an article in the local paper, recognition in a speech or at an event, or even a personal thank-you note.
  2. Ensuring they are included in any photo ops or media events related to their work.
  3. Provide training and development opportunities. This shows that you are committed to helping them grow professionally, which is sure to be appreciated.
  4. Give them a gift card to their favourite store or restaurant. This can be a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for all they do.
  5. Give them a raise or bonus. This is always appreciated and shows that you value their contributions. Or offer additional paid time off — this is a great way to show your appreciation without breaking the bank.

But remember to be timely. Don’t wait. Give recognition as soon as possible after a good performance takes place. Praise tends to lose effectiveness with the passing of time.

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Your political staff is the very backbone of your party, network or campaign. They work tirelessly to support your bid for public office, and they deserve acknowledgment for their hard work. Bob Nelson’s 1001 Ways to Reward Employees notes that appreciation should be specific, sincere and proportional.

So if you’re not already doing it, be sure to start giving recognition to your political staff today!

Author: Jason Frazer

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