Many of us get wrapped up in our own day to day challenges, that we sometimes fail to deliver where we are needed most as a leader. We fail to encourage our team members.
Your team members need you to be their biggest fans; their biggest cheerleaders.
Simply providing them a place of employment is no longer acceptable in the marketplace. The idea that your team members should be happy because they have a job is ancient thinking. You will never get someone’s best effort without encouraging them along the way.
You won’t believe how far a handshake, high five or a “Thank you for your great work!” will go. Your team members are like your children and are craving your approval. When you do this, you can possibly make their day, week or even month. Don’t you owe that to them?
I challenge you to catch your team members doing something right over the next week. Be honest and sincere when you talk to them and don’t forget to smile. If you have the opportunity, praise them in front of other team members or their family members.
If you praise them for a job well done in front of their colleagues, they will see that and pick up their performance because they want to be praised like that next time.
If you have the ability to praise them in front of their spouse, children, or parents, please take the time to do so. Our team members give us 40+ hours of work a week. If their family members hear that they are appreciated and respected at work, it makes the time away from home that much easier to bear.
If you take this challenge to heart, you will create a better work environment, more loyalty and a better culture. Who wouldn’t want that?
Thank you very much for reading. Like always please share your thoughts and ideas! What have you done to encourage your team members? Everyone is different so I would love to hear what you do! Thank you!