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  • Michelle Coy

Motivating Workers to Bring Their Best Every Day

There are few things that can make a workday better than praise from the boss. Your employees spend their days trying to reach their goals and when they do, your appreciation can fill them with a sense of pride.

Motivating your team with cash bonuses, extra vacation days, and other enticing incentives are nice if you have the budget, but not always possible (or necessary). The secret to keeping your workers inspired isn’t really all that complicated — because it’s recognition from you.

Knowing you care about the work they’re completing and truly appreciate their efforts means the world to your team, so use these tips to help make them feel valued.

Give credit when it’s due

As their manager, you frequently get credit for the work your team completes by default. Instead of taking the glory for yourself, pass the praise on to the employees who really deserve it. It’s always frustrating to watch someone take the glory for work you completed; and after a while this behavior will lead to low morale and seriously deter productivity. Your team’s wins are yours as well, so keep the great work flowing by recognizing their efforts instead of trying to boost your own profile.

Customize your approach to fit the person

Outstanding work always needs to be acknowledged, but the way you handle the situation should vary by person. Some employees can’t get enough of the spotlight, so calling them out during a team meeting or sending an email to the entire department praising their efforts will put them on top of the world.

On the other hand, quiet and shy employees may cringe at the thought of public recognition, greatly preferring a one-on-one conversation with you. The delivery method must be catered to everyone, so take each employee’s personality into consideration and use your discretion.

Be clear with your praise

Your employees aren’t mind-readers. Be very specific with your compliments so they know exactly what they did right. For example, telling a hotel worker they did a great job during their shift is nice, but far too vague to understand where they excelled. Instead, mention you were impressed with the way they handled a difficult customer, or that. you appreciated how they pitched in and helped a colleague who became a bit overwhelmed during their shift.

Need a little help building a great team?

Contact Eclipse Staffing + Security today. Leave your recruiting, screening, and hiring to our team that way you can concentrate on your business.

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