Praise in the business world is so important. As a leader it can be a very strong and effective method to motivate your personnel and it takes very little time or effort.
So much of today’s workforce is disengaged in their surroundings, they aren’t committed to their jobs and therefore not productive!
Really, there are many different forms of recognition, there is monetary, formal and written, or there is a simple words of praise or encouragement from a supervisor.
Many companies spend a great deal of resources on elaborate programs dedicated to complex recognition programs, but what you really need is…
Managers who are well trained in providing praise when appropriate, but on a regular basis.
Now, you don’t want to just hand out praise haphazardly, that will help no one and just question any credibility, but when you do it right and do it often the results can be outstanding.
Take a look at why praising your staff can only be a good thing for your company…
- It costs nothing: This is a “bonus” program that costs your nothing. The price of verbal praise will never change but the results will pay you back greatly.
- Takes little effort: To tell someone they did a great job take only seconds and possibly a minute or two of follow up conversation. A very reasonable amount of executive time and energy as compared to what you will receive in return.
- Your staff will feel great: When you employees feel good, that is always going to be significant from a productivity viewpoint.
- When your workers feel good they work harder: When your employees feel valuable and respected, you will see momentum and morale levels rise within your company.
This idea might be very basic but the benefits surely outweigh the costs infinitely. Studies have shown that the single most influential factor in your employees’ performance is their relationship with their direct manager.
That relationship will develop no matter what, so why not let it happen through thoughtful praise as the key element and your team will come to work each day feeling, inspired, motivated and happy.
Do your managers praise their employees enough?
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