Praise People Who Do A Good Job Often
By Dr. Tom DePaoli
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I ran a team of eight employees who did supply chain functions. When one of them did an outstanding job, I would reward them with some time off for the accomplishment. This time off reward seems to be the most popular with the team. I decided to expand the praise. I had a background in football coaching and we would put stickers on a player’s helmet when they made a good play. Since we did not wear helmets, I constructed a bulletin board with each individuals name on it. Whenever they did very well, I would put a sticker next to their name and run the stickers horizontally across the board. The prize for ten stickers was me buying them lunch. They all relished in the fact that I had to buy them lunch. I did limit the lunch to a particular local restaurant, but the banter by the whole team as a person was getting closer to a free lunch, was particularly rambunctious and funny. Praise people who do a good job often.
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