One of the traits I am trying to promote amongst my staff (and their directs/skips) is a positive attitude. To do this I make sure to give feedback whenever I see a behavior that demonstrates a positive attitude it in a staff member. When I see it in a skip or "over-skip" I use praise. Every now and then it accidentally comes out like a half-way feedback. To encourage more behaviors that demonstrate a "positive attitude" I was thinking of giving some kind of an award or public recognition for someone demonstrates this on a more frequent basis.
What experience do you have with this kind of an "award?"
I am worried it might come become the target of "jokes about management." The disgruntled employees could use it to ostracize those who are more positive. If I'm not careful, it could become something straight from Dilbert.
Are my fears unfounded? Should I just stick with feedback? Do these kind of awards work?
In addition to feedback, how do I promote a positive attitude amongst my staff, directs, skips, and so on?