Often times, employees will labor diligently for a business or corporation, only to go unnoticed. They've sacrificed time with their families and time away from their home lives, spending numerous hours hammering away at a project. They commit to their craft, from the concept to the fruition of a product, and bend over backwards for the betterment of their company. Employees pour their hearts and souls into their work, go the extra mile, and suddenly find out that the extra mile was a huge loop that didn't lead them anywhere.
All too often, employees who go further and work harder than their counter-parts, or even labor diligently alongside their fellow employees, will not gain any recognition for their efforts. What people really want to hear, above all else, is that they are appreciated and recognized for how much time and effort they put into their work. What isn't realized is that they aren't looking for more money in the form of bonuses or raises, they simply want to know that they've done a great job.
Though it seems like a minute issue, positive feedback, as studies have shown, actually causes a release of dopamine in our brains, which are responsible for feelings of happiness, contentment, and satisfaction. This is where that sense of ecstatic pride originates from when we are encouraged for a job well done. Disappointingly enough, though, this is only a temporary feeling, and therefore, we are driven to relive that dopamine high again and again, chasing a fleeting feeling, simply grasping at the wind. With that being said, this is how positive feedback, when implemented correctly, can be an effective means of establishing habits conducive to the success of a business.
Although it is difficult, at times, to make positive feedback a priority, it is an excellent way to reestablish motivation for long-term engagements. What's absolutely paramount is the turning of positive feedbacks into habit. Studies have shown that the best ways to establish a habit are; establish routine, have a simple reminder, use reward as reinforcement.
All things aside, here is a list of 5 very simple tactics that can turn positive feedback into positive habits when implemented in an effective manner.
Starting to cement a new habit is difficult, so start with small habits and work from there. Also, the easier a habit is to instill in yourself, the quicker it becomes second nature.
Praise employees in front of their peers and give them recognition often. Be very upfront in praise and showing employees that they are appreciated.
Studies have shown that peer to peer praise and recognition is more important to employees than leader to employee praise. Encouraging praise to be shared amongst peers will ensure that employees feel that they have received the recognition they deserve.
Rewarding employees hard work and dedication instills in them the mindset that hard work does pay off and also offers an incentive to keep up their efforts, as their efforts are not going unnoticed.
It has often been said that it takes approximately 21 days for a habit to be put into effect. Recording praise allows you to see where employees fall, as far as forming habits is concerned.
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