When pay and rations are out of your control, what simple but effective techniques do you have for making your team members feel valued?
We all like to know we’ve done a good job, but how that is communicated can have a huge impact on how rewarding and engaging a colleague finds the experience.
Do some members of your team enjoy the limelight and are keen for others in the department to know what they’ve achieved? Or are some of your team a little more reserved and would prefer something more subtle? Do all the members of your team need recognising for the same thing? For example, are some members keen to be applauded for smashing through their targets, whilst others would value some praise for their support in developing a colleague?
Everyone has a different style and preferences and this is true in how they like to be recognised. One size will not fit all.
Even if you think you know the answers to all these questions, it is always worth checking in on your assumptions with your direct reports. So next time you have a 1:1 make sure you ask the question. It could be the difference between a good relationship and a great one.