Episode 46

Episode 46: Boost Your Lab’s Engagement: Mastering Effective Team Recognition

In the episode of eLABorate Topics podcast Lona Small brought the audience a “blast from the past” originally recorded by Lona, several years ago before she started eLABorate Topics podcast. Lona discusses effective recognition programs and how leaders can design recognition programs that actually work to motivate employees and improve culture. 

 The key points are:


1. Be AWARE how each team member wants to be recognized - everyone is different in the type of recognition they appreciate (public, private, written, verbal, etc.)


2. ALIGN the recognition program with organizational and team goals and the behaviors you want to drive 


3. ACKNOWLEDGE and celebrate small wins - recognize progress and milestones along the way rather than just end results


4. Ensure recognition is ALIKE across all shifts and roles - don't inadvertently only recognize certain groups 


In addition to specific recognition programs, general activities like team lunches or jeans days can also help boost culture and fun. The key is incorporating those four components into the overall recognition approach.


Lona emphasizes starting with the first step of understanding individual motivations as the foundation. From there, leaders can build an effective tailored program for their teams.


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Tywauna Wilson

Tywauna "Coach Tee" Wilson is an accomplished medical laboratory leader, author of "Some Leaders Wear Lab Coats," and co-host of the "eLABorate Topics" podcast. As founder and president of Trendy Elite Coaching and Consulting, she develops best-in-class leaders through coaching programs and leadership training. With two decades of experience, including as a lab manager and technical director, Tywauna leverages her clinical expertise to mentor laboratory professionals. Through Trendy Elite's Standout Leader Academy and her own initiatives, she empowers professionals to enhance their leadership skills, expand their influence, and excel in their careers. Tywauna is committed to guiding the next generation of confident, competent laboratory leaders
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Stephanie Whitehead

It isn’t every healthcare leader who can seamlessly lead through the chaos of managing a large healthcare operation while navigating the rapid changes in healthcare. But this is exactly the environment where Stephanie Whitehead not only shines but thrives!

Stephanie is an executive-level leader that fueled by her passion for helping others in the medical profession achieve operational excellence. Intrigued by the evolving nature of the laboratory field and its strong impact on patient treatment, she had an early determination to leave an indelible mark on the laboratory profession.
Stephanie is a co-host who offers a unique blend of clinical knowledge, practical advice, and personable humor. Stephanie’s niche has always been the ability to see problems with a wide-lens view and then, narrow them down to connect the dots, take action, and drive results.

Contact her at stepanie.y.whitehead@gmail.com or StephanieYWhitehead on all social media

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