Positive Reinforcement: Positive Profit Margins
A picture has an amazing weekend relaxing with your family. Next thing you know, Sunday night comes and your anxiety hits; another long, unfulfilling week without any individual recognition is on the horizon. There are ways to improve; companies are realizing the way to increase productivity is positive work recognition. Through positive feedback, superiors can show company standards and who are already performing well, creating results almost effortlessly.
Proven Methods of Employee Praise: Peers vs Superiors
Recognition Among Staffers
There are different types of positive recognition. While many are familiar with the leadership/employee reinforcement, such as “Employee of the Month” or giving performance-based raises, companies have caught wind of peer-to-peer feedback. Sure, it’s nice to be recognized by the boss every once in a while, but how great would it be to receive compliments from people who experience the same everyday workload and consider you to be an example of a job well done?
How to Implement Peer Praise
Peer reviews are a great positive form of feedback; it creates an inclusive environment for employees because their opinions are heard and it’s even more beneficial because their voice is used to uplift their fellow colleagues. The amount of recognition also increases; instead of waiting for one boss to highlight the employee achievements, people who see their coworkers every day working hard can pay a compliment in passing.
Even setting up a small prize incentive for the employees to vote on a peer for completing a sales goal will boost the drive of the other staffers knowing that they get a prize for giving their best. Some companies such as GRS reward procurement utilize procurement, uniting customers and employees.
How Supervisors Can Increase Praise
Many leaders are so busy working on their responsibilities, they do not realize they could give more praise to their employees. Or perhaps they don’t know how to approach staff for positive reinforcement.; a great and simple way is by making a small detour while stretching your legs.
Popping up on staffers in their element gives you insight on the great things they do and give them instant gratification of their hard work. Lots of bosses do not realize that a lot of the low performance comes from the lack of progress validation; they try and do not get the praise so they begin to give minimal effort.
The Time for Praise
How about during weekly meetings? Before the meetings start, take a few minutes to acknowledge the accomplishments of two or three employees to show that their contributions matter to the company. In addition to that, refrain from pairing compliments with criticism. Many employees internalize the negative feedback over the positive, so waiting for a different moment to give constructive criticism is beneficial for a positive work environment. Keep in mind everyone doesn’t appreciate the same compliments.
By giving praise uniquely to the person (if they are shy, leave a card or if they enjoy public validation, shout them out on a bulletin board) who did a great job it shows how leadership views their employees as human beings and not just corporate bots. Feeling like you have an identity to your superior is an indescribable feeling.
Improving Low Performance
Praise can always boost team productivity. Sometimes a boss can underestimate how far a “good job on that presentation” can go or “check out those sales goals, keep it up” can go. Showing staff you care encourages them to bring their best selves and even look forward to that Monday morning meeting. Never underestimate the power of a compliment. Praise your way to higher productivity!