Praise and rewards can do wonders to bolster an employee's self-confidence and morale. No one can deny the effect that praise and recognition can hold on people. Even with your family at home, there are many ways you can reward people for a job well done.
When you praise someone, you let them know you're aware of their hard work. You acknowledge that your employees have put forth a great effort to accomplish something, and you're celebrating with them for their accomplishment. Also, as with genuinely praising an employee or family member when they've done well, there are other ways to reward them without having to spend money. Read on and find out more.
1Be Sincere With Your Praises
Don't praise a worker merely to make them feel better. This is even more important to remember with family members. If your praise is insincere, you may be considered manipulative, and you don't want to give that impression.
2Give Praise When It's Due
Praise your employee or a family member as soon as you can. You cannot follow the old adage, "Better late than never," when it comes to praising someone. Express your praise as quickly as you can when you see that someone has done something praiseworthy.
3Be Specific About Your Praise
Sure, you can tell someone they did a great job, but what was so great about it? "Your research paper was direct to the point and full of facts," sounds much better than telling them they had a nice paper. Specific praises, also convey the message that you are looking thoroughly into their work.
4Praise People Publicly
Giving someone a pat on the back in private may make a person feel good for a few minutes. Recognizing their contribution or success during a staff meeting will extend that good feeling into days, if not weeks. You can present a certificate, or you can create a bulletin board in the staff lounge that has photographs of honored employees, to continue to recognize them for their excellent work. There's a double benefit to praising people in front of others; public praise may also encourage others to work harder as well.
Some people are happier and do much better work when they're allowed to work on their own. Giving an employee more freedom can be an excellent reward. By providing your employees less supervision, you're letting them know they're trusted, and you have confidence in their abilities. If you truly trust your employee to do their work without supervision, allow them the flexibility to work from home on occasion. Of course, whether or not you can allow your employees to work at home will depend on the work they do.
6Give Good Performers A New Job Title
Give your workers who go above and beyond the call of duty a new title. Job titles don't always have to mean more money. Sometimes receiving a title means more than getting a few more dollars in their paycheck. It shows that you're pleased with their work.
7Give Out Discount Coupons To Encourage
Giving out discount coupons is just a small way of encouraging them to continue doing their best. This could be a free movie and popcorn at the movie theater, reduced entrance at a family park, or a coupon for a free turkey around the holidays. When employees feel like they matter, they're much more willing to give their best for a company.
Use some of these ways to reward people for a job well done. This will let your team enjoy their job and the workplace much more, and you'll find your employees will become more productive as well. Recognize and reward a job well done, and your company will ultimately reap the benefits.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."