Earlier this year in a previous blog post, I told you about the Hawthorne Effect – ground-breaking research on employee motivation by Dr. Elton Mayo in the 1930’s. In a nutshell, Mayo discovered a fundamental concept that may seem obvious to us today: that workplaces are social environments and people thrive in positive and respectful surroundings. So, as a leader, when you create a positive atmosphere at work, you are much more likely to secure your employees’ cooperation and loyalty, and thus improve productivity and performance. Which leads to the next obvious question: what are some specific things that you can do to create such an environment and motivate and encourage your employees to peak performance?
Here’s one very effective approach: take steps to raise the self-esteem of your employees. And the simplest and most influential way to do so – offer genuine and sincere praise for the things that they do well. The keys to success – first, your praise must be genuine and sincere, and second, keep in mind that saying “thank you” is quite possibly the easiest alternative there is. Now you may think to yourself that you do this already, but wait just a moment … let’s conduct a little experiment. Tomorrow, before you go to work, put ten pennies in one pocket. Continue reading