Having worked as a teacher and a coach for over 30 years, I was more than aware of the recognition and praise that you needed to give pupils when they had reached their target grade, completed all their assignments on time or even answered a question correctly. In particular, as a teacher, just a simple ‘well done’ can be enough to give them the motivation that they can achieve whatever they set their mind to.
Earlier this year, I was honoured to be on the judging panel for Hallmark Care Homes’ Employee Awards, which recognises the hard work of the staff that have gone above and beyond. – A process which I believe should be encouraged in more businesses to recognise their staff’s achievements.
As well as being a judge, my work has also been recognised because of my clients’ achievements. I am pleased to have received the following awards:
Best Newcomer of the Year 2015, International Coaching Awards
Small Business Coach of the Year 2016, International Coaching Awards
Best Coach 2016, Best Business Women Awards
Recognition is not something that managers should shy away from, in fact the best leaders are those that recognise their staff’s achievements. Recognition is a small gesture that impacts the bottom line through higher staff retention, stronger teams and a good work ethic. In fact, 82% of employees say that the recognition they receive at work motivates them to improve their performance*.
As the New Year approaches, perhaps it is time to recognise and celebrate your achievements, as well as your employees.
Here are some other tips to motivate your teams:
Flexibility – including own working hours or the option to work from home
Feedback – make time for your employees socially and give positive feedback more often than annually
Increased responsibility – give your employees the opportunity to learn more skills
Involvement – involve employees in the decision-making process, especially in those that affect them
Information – share information with employees, let them know how the business is performing
Be Savvi, be successful.
*Gallup Poll (Global)