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Bringing Cheer to Your Employees During Trying Times

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 | Category: Employee Relations, Human Resources, Our Blog

Whether it’s the recent tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, the aftermath and devastation of Hurricane Sandy and/or a case of the holiday-season blues, the end of December may not be as jolly as usual for some people in 2012. You might even be seeing signs of this in your daily interactions at work. Wouldn’t it be nice to give these folks, and everyone else, something to smile about?

One very effective, immediate and simple way to bring some cheer to your workplace is through praise, says hireVision president and CEO, Tina Hamilton, PHR. A recent article over at HR Daily Advisor backs her up. It says that praise is the number one thing employees value, according to a study by the Labor Relations Institute of NY.

Some words on making praise meaningful from Tina from a newsletter article we published back in 2008 that still holds true as we approach 2013:

The One Reward Every Company Can Afford

There is one reward that every company, big or small, can afford to offer to employees. This reward will improve morale, increase motivation and employee retention resulting in increased revenues. Best of all it takes a minute to do and the cost is….free!!

The answer is actually quite simple: PRAISE.  People want to be appreciated for the work they do and contributions they offer.  Praise is one of the most powerful motivators that will drive employees to work harder for you.  Lack of praise or recognition causes frustration and de-motivation. Managers often get so wrapped up in their day-to-day activities they forget to recognize the high achievers and often tend to focus on the problem employees. Offering praise and reward for excellent behavior gives employees the incentive to do an even better job next time.

Pointers on Praise:

1.  Praise specific accomplishments. Instead of just saying “good job” say “good work on the proposal you prepared for XYZ account.” Then point out the specific parts that most impressed you; “I especially liked your description of our company. You truly have a good understanding of what we are trying to accomplish.” The details will confirm your sincerity.

2.  Offer praise in public. Praise employees in front of peers, bosses and clients.  But please note that you may want to take into account the person you are praising.  Some people are not comfortable being the center of attention.  In that case you can praise in private.  Praise can come in all forms; verbal, written or even a thumbs up sign!

3.  Offer praise and recognition to groups and teams. This will foster and encourage teamwork and camaraderie.

It is extremely important that the praise is genuine and reserved for excellent performance.  Try it and watch what happens!

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We hope that these tips help you bring some cheer to your workplace during the waning days of 2012, and for years to come as well.  



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