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September 7, 2007 | General | WineDirect Admin

Motivate your team

Many of us need to work for that almighty paycheck, some in jobs they really don’t like. The fortunate ones do what they love and the money does follow.
The icing on the cake is when we are recognized and rewarded on a regular basis with praise and intangibles that make you work even harder without being asked.

For those that take pride in doing a great job; why not maintain that spirit with acknowledgement of great and small successes.

Show your staff that you value them. It’s easy to show appreciation for a job well done, a project completed ahead of schedule, a rave review from a customer. Here is brief list of ways to reward successes that pay off without having to increase that almighty paycheck.

1. Time off for good behavior. Nothing says you are doing a great job more then the unexpected extra day off or allowing early dismissals. Reward those that are always early and leave late or go beyond the call of duty.

2. On-the-Spot Praise. The key here is timing. When there is a reason for praising someone don’t put it off for any reason! Promptness equals effectiveness. Praise people when the achievement is fresh on everyone’s mind.

3. Lunch is on the boss. How often have you left to have lunch only to be intercepted by the boss that says, lunch is on me. if you have, you know that you feel appreciated and makes a great impression that lasts longer then the memory of the meal. Random acts of kindness are never forgotten.

4. Cash is not always king. Too many checks get cashed, spent and forgotten just that quickly. Compensation is generally the first and primary motivator for most but perks can make a lasting impression when shared with your staff. Perks can include free swag, catered food and beverages, gift certificates, tickets to events, flexible work schedule and even stocks.

These are just a few ways to reward your staff and motivate them to continue doing a great job.
 

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