The right praise at the right time is crucial for not only retaining your top talent but it is important for inspiring and maintaining a positive work environment.
When your employees are happy they maintain a positive attitude and your customers will recognize that and feel it too.
Not all employees are the same though…different personalities, interests, even work ethic can affect how they like to be praised for all their hard work.
There is never a downside to honoring your team members, but there are some things to keep in mind because they are all individuals…
- Praising someone with a handwritten thank you note or a private conversation is always a good thing. It shows you appreciate their efforts and it will help with engagement and keep your employees on the right track. However, keep in mind that an email can seem a bit insincere.
- When you have your special superstar of the company employee, you might want to give them the opportunity to have more responsibility. Giving these hard working employees a chance to lead will show them and other coworkers that their dedication is very admirable.
- Some employees might like a little competition. Some might feel as if they aren’t being pushed so much as having some fun and being rewarded at the same time. It might make the office feel a little more exciting and in return they can earn a free lunch or movie tickets simply for their results.
- Some team members might like a party. Every few weeks you could throw a break room celebration or maybe for a standout employee you could provide an office luncheon, this would show your appreciation and emphasize your gratitude.
- One idea that won’t break the bank is $5.00 gift cards. Passing these out from the local coffee shop for example will let your people know you saw how they stepped it up in a particular situation or that you remembered their birthday and they are appreciated.
- When you have an employee that goes above and beyond and exceeds what you expect of them in all ways, how about giving them some flexible time in their schedule? Maybe leave early one day or let them sleep in and come in a couple hours later. You might even want to give then a full day off, this will really tell them they have done a notable job!
When you learn to recognize your employees’ efforts, it’s not only a good principle to run your business by, it also will have your business running more positively and effortlessly.
If leaders take the extra time to and effort to show their staff some appreciation, then there will be a great boost in job satisfaction and productivity which leads to greater retention!
How do you praise your employees?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy