Praise Needs to Be Detailed to Be Effective
The three most popular rewards for employees are:
- Gift Card/Salary/Bonus
- Paid Time Off
I’m sure you have figured out that recognition and praise can be given as frequently as you wish and there is no cost for a little bit of time and positive reinforcement. There are many ways to give praise, but for it to be effective, it has to be genuine.
To ensure your praise has maximum impact, at least once or twice a year you need to give your employees recognition that is detailed and specific. You need to go beyond a “good job” or a brief and sincere “thank you!”
How do you do this effectively? You may want to jot down some thoughts ahead of time. Be sure to reserve some time together to converse and review your praise with your employee. Don’t review work or tasks. Make this meeting “about them” and special.
By giving timely and precise praise (praise that mentions specific behaviors) in a setting where you give the employee an opportunity to absorb your words, you help build a relationship of trust. As you gather your thoughts, be sure to list the impact of their behavior — increased sales, customer retention, making the team look good — are all impacts of their positive behavior. If you emphasize the value your employee adds by performing the way they do, they will be more likely to repeat or grow this behavior in the future.
This kind of thoughtful praise is very meaningful to your employees. Everyone wants to be noticed, recognized, and commended. Engaged employees are more productive, profitable, create stronger customer connections, and stay longer with their company than less engaged employees. So take the time to do it right.
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