In any company, there will be a team of people with their own unique set of skills and knowledge who work together and contribute to the success of the company. Whether you are a business owner who hires people to work for you, or a manager for someone else’s company, the way you treat your team members matters!
There are ways to inspire your team to perform above and beyond what is expected of them. One of the greatest management principle is ENCOURAGEMENT! Successful business owners and managers should know the value of encouragement to inspire their team to keep up with their good work and make the company more successful.
This is usually done in the form of a reward! Rewarding a certain kind of behavior will encourage individuals to keep doing it. So if a team member is doing a great job, you acknowledge that behavior by rewarding that person.
Behaviour that is rewarded is behavior that will continue…
Reward people for the right behavior and you will get the right results. So basically, you will get what you reward! If people see little or no relationship between what they do and how they are rewarded, then they are likely to withhold their best efforts.
This principle also applies to other situations too, not just with colleagues. For example, if you have a dog and want to train him/her to perform certain actions like ‘sit’, you need to reward the dog for the right behavior by giving treats or praises. This will encourage the dog to keep doing this behavior every time you give the command ‘sit’!
Now let’s take a look at some great ways that you can reward your team to inspire them to continue their good work.
8 Top Ways To Reward Your Team
One of the best ways to encourage your team members to keep performing to the best of their ability is monetary reward. This will show your colleagues your appreciation of their good work.
There is a saying that goes “Pay for leadership and you get leaders. Pay peanuts and you get monkeys!”
Recognition is a great way to let people know that they are meeting a need and doing a great job at it.
If people have been staying back at work for extended hours to finish of a project to meet a deadline, you can show them how grateful you are for their hard work and long hours by offering them some time-off work. Perhaps a half-day or a day-off work.
#4 A Lunch Treat
If the company is doing quite well because everyone is working so hard to make things work, then perhaps some budget can be put aside to treat your team members lunch once a month.
Who doesn’t like a good feed occasionally? These little treats would make people feel happier that the company values their efforts.
Those who keep producing high quality work should have some opportunity to move up the company.
Everyone has their own style of doing things. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to individuals. Everyone is unique. So if you give individuals their freedom to do their work with their own unique style rather than try to fit them into some mold, then they are more likely to perform better.
But of course, this really does depend on what job the workers are doing as well. For example, food manufacturers are highly regulated and require workers to stick to procedures to produce the desired result. But, if you are a car sales person, there is no script to stick to. Some people are just better at selling than others.
#7 Personal Growth Opportunities
You can offer opportunities for your team members to help them develop their career. Examples include education, books, and conference attendance.
Going out of your way to find a special gift for those who keep performing the best they can will show appreciation for their work and how thoughtful you are.
Perhaps you can ask your colleagues to nominate a team member who deserves a gift for their hard work.
Encouragement is the key to the success of a business. It is the people with a mixture of unique qualities and skills within the company that drives that success. These people need to be encouraged in different ways to keep doing a great job to achieve the right results for the business.
Rewarding peoples efforts as a form of encouragement is one of the most powerful ways to keep people happy and put in their best efforts!
Thanks for reading. Hope this article have given you some inspiration to go out and encourage your team members. If you help others succeed, then business will be better than ever!