7 Tips On How To Praise And Reward Employees

Recognizing Good Employee Performance

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 have on people. Even with your family at home, there are many ways that 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, when 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 adage that it's 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 he did a great job, but what was so great about it? "Your research paper was direct to the point and full of facts" - this sounds much better than telling them they had a nice paper. Specific praises also convey the message that you looked thoroughly at 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.

5Practice Reduced Supervision

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 that they're trusted and that you have confidence in their abilities.

Do you truly trust your employee to do their work without supervision? If you do, 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 Discount Coupons For Encouragement

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 during 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.

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Jackie Wing

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."