Pay attention to the performance of your employees and offer them the appropriate praise when they do something well. Giving your workers credit when it is due will create a working atmosphere where people will want to perform at a high level all the time.
Leaders should not be bashful about doling out praise when it is deserved. Come up with a standard method of evaluating people’s performances and thank them for their contributions if it is merited. Your words will go a long way with your employees.
You may find that you will "catch" people doing things well more often if you point out to them when something is done the right way. Be specific so that others may also recognize the type of work you appreciate the most.
Remember: What gets rewarded gets repeated. Make sure you are praising others in a genuine manner, and you will maintain a consistent level of effort from the people you are supervising.
Integro Leadership Institute
West Chester, Pa.
Want to improve the way you run your business? Entrepreneurs, academics, and consultants from diverse industries offer practical advice on a variety of topics each business day.
To submit a tip for consideration, first check our archive of previous tips to make sure you're not repeating a tip someone has already contributed. Then send the tip to Small Business channel contributor Michelle Dammon Loyalka. Because of the volume of material she receives, she may not respond to each individual.