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Separate awards from recognition

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You know you’re supposed to acknowledge superior performance, so you dole out rewards such as gift certificates or cash bonuses. But awards don’t substitute for “free” recognition when you say “Great job” or “I’m impressed.” Even employees who love awards still hunger for sincere praise. Try to maintain a 5:1 ratio of giving oral praise to dangling awards: for every five expressions of praise, offer an employee a chance to earn an award for attaining a stretch goal.

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