Rewarding Employees for their Hard Work

Happy-employeesPositive reinforcement in the workplace can increase productivity, encourage better performance, and produce higher numbers for sales goals.

Positive reinforcement and praise can help employees to feel better about themselves and want to perform better.  Some personalities are more motivated by praise than by money alone and so a good word each day can enable an employee to be self-motivated to want to do a good job all on their own.

One of the best ways to motivate employees to perform their jobs well, without having to be micromanaged, is through a rewards system that is used frequently and often.  Having frequent performance awards such as plaques or crystal awards, is a great way to accomplish this.

A tangible reward such as this, is a memento that an employee can put on their desk or a shelf at home, to always remind them that their hard work and efforts did not go unnoticed.  Then when an employee may be having difficulties in the work place or personal life, this reminder can serve to help them be motivated to continue to produce quality results in tough times.

The benefits you reap by rewarding your employees both verbally and tangibly will yield bigger payoffs in the long run.  When employees feel happy and content at work, because they feel appreciated, they will continue to work harder of their own accord.  They will be more innovative about solving problems without manager assistance.  They will become long standing and loyal employees who will work harder to make your establishment run better.

When using positive reinforcement it is important to be clear about what constitutes as good behavior.  You want employees to know the guidelines of what behaviors are essential to their success and the success of your business.

  • Communicate either verbally or in written form what specific information he/she did right.
  • Reward immediately after the good behavior was performed with little gestures of words of praise or progress reports.
  • Give realistic, personalized, and sincere reinforcement that enables the employee to know that their efforts are not unnoticed and that they are not just part of a conveyor belt of insincere motivation tactics.
  • Remember that most productivity improvement is gradual, so within reason be patient with employees who may be trying but not quite meeting their goals. These individuals will especially do well with positive reinforcement as they are probably struggling with self-confidence issues but with a little positive encouragement could become rock stars.
  • Make rewards proportionate to the degree of behaviors.  Or in other words, those who work harder and who show higher levels of productivity should be amply rewarded as opposed to those who are attempting to do the least amount for the greater result.