Get the Most From Your Employees
How to get the best from employees? Instead of trying to change them, identify their unique strengths, then help them use those strengths to excel in their own way. To identify employees' strengths, ask, "What was the best day at work you've had in the past three months?" Listen for activities people find intrinsically satisfying. Then activate those strengths with recognition tailored to each person's preferences. For example, if an employee values recognition from peers, publicly celebrate his achievements in front of coworkers. If he appreciates recognition from customers, post a photo of him and his best customer in the office.
Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "What Great Managers Do," by Marcus Buckingham.
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