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Selection for Recognition

Published April 29, 2014 5:14 PM by Toni Patt

Driving home from work today, I was listening to a podcast of a morning radio show. They were making fun of a man who had been given some awards because he had been contributing regularly to the organizations. Because it's a local show, I knew who they were talking about. I had to agree there was no reason other than money that the man was being recognized.

That got me thinking about all the people I know who should be recognized but aren't. One of the greatest unsung heroines I know works as a palliative care nurse for the "evil empire." Everyone knows how great she is, but she has never been formally recognized. I doubt she has ever been nominated.

There is nothing spectacular about doing a good job or being good at your job. You know who I mean. They never call in sick. They do whatever is asked of them. They manage impossible caseloads of complex patients. They don't talk about it, they do it. I've been at my current job for almost a year. I've yet to hear a thank you or a job well done from anyone.

True, you must be nominated to win. From what I can tell, there are two reasons people get awards. The process has become a popularity contest or there's a political reason. Why else would doctors who never set foot in the building win employee of the year? I worked with a male OT who was the only male in the department. He regularly won recognition awards because his was the only name anyone could remember.

There's no correlation between likeability and job skill. Yet job recognition awards count toward promotions, raises and other perks. At the evil empire, it counted on the annual evaluation. Friendly employees got bigger raises.

I don't think there is a PT out there doing this simply to win an award. I do think there are lots of PTs out there who should be recognized for the hard work they do. I suppose getting your name on a plaque is nice. I'd be happy with being told I did a good job.

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