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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.
Get DiSC® for Improved Communications and Teamwork
One of the biggest causes of conflict is the different styles your employees bring to work. There are several assessments that provide information about the many different ways people choose to communicate, interact, and view the world. The most effective tools, in my experience, is the DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® published by Wiley. These tools work on individual communication skills while integrating those skills with being an effective team member. Connect with me to learn more about how to build productive employees and teams.
Wiley, publishers of “The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®”, is grounded in the model described in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team®, the best-selling leadership book by Patrick Lencioni. Powered by Everything DiSC® – a behavioral model that helps people understand themselves and others better – Wiley has created terrific videos and activities to help teams build new skills and strengthen existing skills.
Because TRUST is the foundation of any successful team, the first meeting is loaded with useful strategies to help teams build more trust.
Trust As the Foundation of Building Teamwork
The team members are first asked to share some personal history such as:
- Where they were born and raised
- Their birth order
- A childhood challenge that has contributed to making them the person they are today
In my 35 years working with teams, I have never seen an activity that worked as well as this one. I chose to send inquiry number three ahead of time to give team members time to think about their stories.
As individuals shared their challenges I could see team members really listen intently. The link between current behaviors and behaviors developed during the sharing of these early challenges was amazing! It helped people understand each other and get comfortable being open about personal limitations. Trust can only happen when team members are willing to be completely vulnerable with one another.
In my next blog I will share how to get the session started and some of the amazing stories that brought new insight, understanding and trust to these team members.
Get DiSC® Facilitation Trainer Certified
Learn more about Wiley’s Cohesive Team Tools and become certified in the Everything DiSC Facilitation Trainer program. With these new skills, you can be invaluable at shaping the dynamics and culture of your organization. You will learn and experience the Everything DiSC™ model, its applications, and research, as well as receive hands-on experience using the facilitation materials. The results you get will ensure better onsite teamwork, less mediator time and improved employee morale. Oh, and you instantly become more valuable to the leadership team!
Training class times and dates are filling up. Click here to find out more about the Everything DiSC program. More importantly, connect with me on LinkedIn or contact me with any questions you may have. Read my other posts:
According to Forbes, “Trust is the belief or confidence that one party has in the reliability, integrity and honesty of another party.” Are you doing everything you can to be sure your team trusts you?”
“It is the expectation that the faith one places in someone else will be honored. It is also the glue that holds together any group….Suspicious and cynical employees are disinclined to collaborate – sharing knowledge is still perceived as weakening a personal “power base.” Leaders demonstrate their trust in employees by the open, candid, and ongoing communication that is the foundation of informed collaboration.”
Gain Trust and Communication Skills
Take this easy assessment and learn firsthand how knowing your customer’s communication styles will help you understand and analyze their motivations and needs better.
We help individuals and companies streamline their communications with Everything Disc® Profile from Inscape Publishing. Not only are you able to better understand your own style, but also assess other styles to aid in bridging communication gaps with your leadership.
To learn more visit our Website.