People like to be recognized for things they do, especially if they’ve gone above and beyond to do something! Those who are happy are more likely to stay with an organization and SWE members are no different! As section leaders, it’s our job to make sure that these people are being recognized for their hard work and dedication.
A few ways to recognize members for their efforts:
1) Have an Officer of the Month Award. During a meeting, give a small speech about what they’ve done and give them a small reward (a gift card usually works pretty well). Tell others what they did to achieve this award, chances are others will also want to be recognized and will start working towards this goal too!
2) Have an End of the Year Dinner. Here you can hand out certificates for members and officers in various categories; “Most Likely to Step Up”, “Most Helpful”, “Most Likely to Make You Laugh”, etc. This way you can recognize multiple people at once and spread the excitement.
3) Create a Points System. Sometimes people need motivation and sometimes the best motivation is a competition. Create a Point System for your officer and/or members with an enticing end goal. You may get a bunch of people that are suddenly very motivated to do things!
4) Add a “Member of the Quarter/Semester” to your Newsletters. This will give recognition not just in your section but also to everyone on the email list. Alumni of your section and other individuals love knowing what’s happening and keeping them in the loop for how your section’s doing because of an individual’s hard work is a great way to also keep them involved.
Motivation is a key part in anything. People who aren’t motivated are much more likely to stop working and start slacking off. This can be devastating to any section, so keep the motivation up. The recognition of people who are helping your section is a great way to keep people involved, so give the above tips a try or come up with your own!