Employees often express a need for more recognition from their managers. Rather than implementing elaborate recognition programs, use the power of personal praise. Deliver it effectively with these three tips:
- Be specific. Use specific language to tell them exactly what you like and appreciate. Don’t use a simple “Great job!” when you could cite particular actions the employee took to close a deal.
- Tailor the praise to the employee. If you manage an introvert, don’t plan to recognize the person at the organization-wide meeting. Keep employees and their personality in mind when offering praise.
- Don’t mix positive and negative feedback. Avoid the temptation to sneak in a critique or tips for next time. It takes away from the recognition.
— Adapted from “How Not to Motivate Employees: 10Habits to Break Now,” Mary Lorenz, www.cnn.com.