The best leaders know that the only way to get things done and move a business forward is through people. That means leaders need to go beyond lifting up employees who need extra motivation and recognize those who exhibit the behaviors you want to continue to see. Saying thank you for a job well done and rewarding employees who exhibit your desired behaviors seems simple, but it’s often overlooked.
Here are a few simple yet powerful ways to share recognition with your team:
Match the reward to the person: Start with individual preferences. Reward employees in ways they truly find rewarding.
Match the reward to the achievement: Effective reinforcement should be customized to take into account the significance of the achievement.
Be timely and specific: To be effective, rewards need to be given as soon as possible after the desired behavior or achievement. Being specific about what you appreciated will help create a culture of appreciation and encourage others to adopt similar behaviors.
What are some ways you motivate and recognize your employees?