Recognize Employee’s Successes
If you want employees to perform at a higher level, then take the time to recognize all of their successes. If your company doesn’t have a program in place, create one for your department and add a small budget to it. Recognizing employee’s successes is critical to “your success” as a manager.
Over the years I have sat down with many managers and the conversation was usually around performance issues. I’ve been cornered by managers because they were so frustrated with an employee. It was my role as the HR partner to work with managers to find solutions to improve performance levels or help them with termination.
I was rarely stopped by a manager to tell me that an employee was terrific and how can they recognize the person. Though whenever I did have a manager’s meeting, I would ask how do they recognize employee’s successes.
“Celebrate Employees Successes” by Tina Del Buono on Practical Practice Management. The last line says it all:
“To be appreciated is the greatest gift of all”
All employees, no matter what role they play in a company, deserve to be told when they do a good job. It’s part of a successful manager’s toolbox that builds strong members of the team. People will usually replicate behaviors that are acknowledged.
I worked with one manager who regularly recognize strong performance. Interesting to observe, the employees started to give positive feedback to other team members and to the manager.
What you give is usually what you receive.