It pays to let employees know that you’re paying attention to what they do and that you really do appreciate their efforts.
So often we get in the habit of only letting people know how they can improve. Taking a few moments to simply express your appreciation can have a powerful impact on an employees’ self-esteem, which in turn will improve their attitude toward work.
To maximize the impact make sure you:
- Give praise as soon as possible after the event.
- State specifically what it was the person did to earn the praise
- Focus on the positive only. Save mentioning other things that might need to change or be adjusted for times when you are giving constructive feedback.
Set yourself a target to do this with one person at least each day so you get in the habit of praising.
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