Friday, February 03, 2012
The need for respect is at the core of every person. In a survey conducted by my company, K HR Solutions, respondents indicated that more than money, more than tangible gifts and more than awards, people simply want their boss to approach them and let them know that they have done a good job. There is some confusion, however, about the best ways to recognize good work among your employees.
Here are five tips for providing effective and authentic verbal recognition to your employees:
The recognition should be immediate. Don't wait until an annual review to tell your employee that they have done a great job. Tell them the day that it occurs.
The recognition should be appropriate. Some employees may prefer to be recognized in private while others prefer it to be done in public. Be aware of how each of your employees prefers to receive recognition.
The recognition should be specific. Let them know exactly why they are being praised in detail. Not only will this respect the job they did but it will also ensure a repeat of the same behavior.
The recognition should be explanatory. Explain why the work deserves recognition. When people know that what they are doing has an impact beyond themselves, it increases their sense of accomplishment and their desire to achieve even more.
The recognition should be regular. Give verbal recognition on a regular basis. Too often, managers save recognition for once or twice a year. Regular recognition is more likely to keep employees motivated and enthusiastic about the job.
Remember, giving verbal recognition takes hardly any time at all. No matter how busy your schedule is, you can make room for the time it takes to show your respect to your employees by recognizing good work when you see it happen.
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K HR Solutions President Kim Huggins helps transform individuals and corporate work groups into effective leaders and results-oriented teams. Kim’s thought-provoking services and programs are custom-designed to meet your needs. Kim is also a nationally recognized trainer and speaker on the topic of Understanding Generations.