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Praise and Recognition Improves Morale
on May 13, 2005
"The celebration of one success launches a thousand more." ~Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
Can you achieve world-class results through recognition? We all know how it feels to be appreciated and yet why do so many companies focus more on profit and less on encouragement?
Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton are the world's leading authorities on employee motivation and explain how a steady diet of "carrots" is a much wiser way to build a strong workplace. This is a place where people are committed to company goals, are much happier, live much longer and respect their employer.
What are the carrots? They are ways you inspire, challenge, encourage, reward efforts and celebrate achievements.
This book is organized by the days of the year and reminds me of a desk calendar with quotes. Each page is filled with helpful suggestions and quotes by famous people.
The ideas I loved:
A Day Off for No Reason At All - now there is a way to garner some appreciation...
Dressed for Success - Reward an employee with a shopping spree for clothes
Perform a Random Act of Kindness
No More "Good Jobs" - avoiding generic responses
There are some surprising entries, like the one on February 11 where the authors show how you can reward failure and have a positive result. Just because someone failed, doesn't mean they didn't try or take great risks.
"People are afraid to risk in their jobs, primarily because of fear that failure will bring some sort of reprisal or ridicule. When this atmosphere is present, growth and innovation are stunted." ~February 11
A Carrot A Day is an excellent resource for managers who want happy and productive employees.
~The Rebecca Review