There are many key factors to developing a strong culture, but perhaps none more so than employee recognition.
People are motivated to succeed in the workplace by many things. Motivation can be achieved through employee interaction and teamwork, creativity, strong leadership, problem solving and achieving goals to name a few. Of course money can be a strong motivator as well. However, according to recent research, recognition for a job well done supersedes above all else.
Especially when it comes to millennial’s, being recognized is a powerful motivator.
The question we hear often at OolaCorporate Training is, “how do we change our culture?” There are many potential solutions depending on the company and the challenges they are facing. The first thing we have them look at is, Creating a Culture of Praise. This starts at the top.
The actions of leadership can create a culture of praise by making praise a part of their (and the company’s) daily routine. Look to catch people doing the right things and don’t just expect it. You can simply acknowledge people for being on time or having a great attitude or working well with their team members. There are endless opportunities to praise your team if you are consciously looking to praise. Encourage everyone within the organization to legitimately praise someone new everyday. Nothing will change the office dynamic like a culture of praise.
Reward the behavior you want!
This new attitude creates energy within the organization that focuses on the good things. Our primal brains were hardwired to only see what is wrong and not what is going well. This actually was a survival mechanism, but we have evolved and so does our attitudes.
Breaking old habits requires attention and intention. If all you see is what’s wrong, all you get is more of the same. Now don’t get me wrong, we also need to confront the wrong behavior, but we can do so in a positive manner. It’s not about attacking the individual personally; it’s about addressing the action.
Looking for reasons to praise and recognize your workforce is critical to ongoing employee engagement, retention and fulfillment. Stress levels will reduce and it will spur creativity and collaboration.
Your work environment and culture will change dramatically.
People want to know that their work matters and they have an inherent need to be acknowledged for their good work. If your work environment and culture is not ideal, try Creating a Culture of Praise.