To achieve maximum results, effective leaders know that showing genuine caring earns loyalty, which is critical to the success of their team and the organization.
There are many ways to show you care; however, most leaders fall short in giving an abundance of praise, recognition, and positive reinforcement.
A survey conducted at Wichita State University included 1,500 employees from a variety of organizations and industries. It reported the following participant responses:
- 58% seldom if ever received praise from their manager.
- 76% seldom if ever received written thanks from their manager.
- 78% seldom if ever got a promotion based on performance.
- 81% seldom if ever received public praise.
- 92% seldom if ever participated in a meeting designed to build morale.
This same study invited participants to rank, in order, 65 potential motivators. What were the top five? Those actions listed above.
Regularly seek opportunities to reinforce employee engagement and a positive work environment. Give genuine praise, recognition, and positive reinforcement whenever warranted.
Consider these seven delivery methods for giving praise:
- In a formal group setting.
- In a casual group setting.
- In one-on-one conversations.
- In a personal handwritten note.
- In a company newsletter.
- In a local newspaper.
- On company social media sites.
The method of delivery has to be appropriate for the situation. But be sure to realize the most important components are that the praise must be earned and sincerely delivered. You can lose any benefit of giving praise if you call everything everybody ever does “spectacular.”
Sam Walton is credited with saying, “Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.”
Are you doing enough to build your fortune?