Step 7 in Bringing Out the Best In People is Recognize and Applaud Achievement. This is a critical step in making an employee achieve higher goals. Employees love to know that they are doing a good job, but many times we are too focused on what we need to improve and simply overlook the good things that our employees are doing.
So, what small things can we do to recognize and applaud our teams for a job well done?
1. Give them a pat on the back; there is nothing better than a thank you and a good job from someone you are trying to help and to impress. When I am working on something and my supervisor tells me that they appreciate the job I have done it makes me realize that my hard work is noticed and that it is valued. By simply giving me that pat on the back I feel as though I have accomplished more than I would have without the reinforcement. I once asked each of my employees what motivates them to do a good job and how they would want to be recognized, and 80% of them said that they would rather be told that they did a good job than receive a monetary gift.
2. Monetary compensation often makes team members feel valued. When you reward someone with a gift be it for reaching a sales goal or simply accomplishing an everyday task that has been lacking, the team member will feel as though you went out of your way to recognize them as well.
3. Public rrecognition always makes a positive impact. This type of recognition goes two-fold, because not only does it make the person who received the praise happy, it also encourages others around them to step up because they want to hear that recognition.
4. Recommend them to another supervisor; one of the biggest compliments I have ever been paid in my professional career was when one of my bosses bosses called me to tell me what a great job I did on a project and that they appreciated my hard work. This was even better than my own boss calling me because it let me know that my hard work didn’t just stop with the person who directly oversees me, but also went one step further to the people that he reported to.
By making the people you work with feel valued, they will in turn be higher performers and will want to come in and work hard for you each and every day.