May 16, 2018

Informal, specific praise motivates employees

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

Encouraging words are more appreciated when they are informal and specific in their praise, reports the May 15 Fast Company online.

A few ways for managers to put this into practice include:

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  • Showing appreciation for an idea not just in meetings but during impromptu interactions, like corridor conversations.
  • Noting and complementing an employee’s progress in a particular area.
  • Highlighting a win by sharing an employee’s recent accomplishment with the whole team.
  • Recognizing dedication by commending those who play crucial supporting roles in making victories possible.
  • Cheering collaboration to reinforce the ordinary, everyday teamwork the department depends on.

The challenge is figuring out how to share small doses of encouragement on a regular basis without it ringing hollow after a while, the author notes.


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