How to show appreciation without inflaming jealousy?
I have 2 teams under me, team A is finishing up work on a huge project that has consumed their lives for months. They have been working nights and weekends, no vacation taken all summer and just giving it their all.
I also have the B team that in general does not go above and beyond, they do the bare minimum but get jealous when they are not given praise. Earlier this year team A received recognition for their efforts, team B was incredibly upset and complained bitterly which ultimately got them the same recognition as team A even though they did no work.
With team A wrapping things up I want to recognize them in some way. If I send something like cookies or flowers to their houses and team B finds out, I will again have to deal with feelings of jealousy and animosity.
The work these teams do is unrelated they just both happen to role up to me. Team A gets angry that team b is allowed to skate by when they have more work to do but I feel like my hands are tied. The make matters more complicated, some members of team b are long time employees and special friends of the CEO.