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Tell your employees you really care

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A major part of creating a healthy productive work environment must include ways to encourage and recognize the work of all employees in a consistent and frequent manner. It can be argued that a salary should be enough of a motivator to get people to come to work and do a great job, but a good salary package is only the first step in a good employee recognition programme.{{more}} This is especially true now as many workers are being asked to do at least two or maybe three jobs, for the pay of just one.

Needless to say this increases the stress level of employees and the customers who will recognize the difference.

Because humans yearn for approval, acceptance and the knowledge that what they contribute is valued, it would seem logical to play to that need while at the same time achieving extraordinary performance for the organization.

Here are 3 inexpensive ways to let your employees know you appreciate what they did:

Offer positive feedback

The tendency in many organizations is to constantly criticize and berate employees until they submit to the request of the manager. A more effective strategy would be to praise employees for the things they do right and then examine the areas that need to improve and come up with a plan with the employee to turn around the problem areas. Positive feedback opens the doors for an employee’s creative and problem solving qualities to shine through.

Present Award Certificates.

Don’t wait until the end of the year to award a few selected employees at a big ceremony. Begin a quarterly or monthly program that recognizes outstanding performance and offer a nice certificate. Certificate paper is not that expensive and some can even be made on a regular computer. Employees can frame it, hang in their space and include as part of their performance appraisal.

Peer Recognition

Companies under antiquated management systems wait only for managers to recognize outstanding performance; this should not be. Employees should be given the go ahead to publicly recognize each other. Managers are not able to see all acts of excellence. Peer recognition helps employees feel like a part of the organization and promotes morale.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to [email protected]
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