We all want out team to perform at its best. To that purpose, we will probably try a myriad of strategies to motivate them to achieve higher performance. One of such strategies is what we call positive reinforcement. What positive reinforcement basically means is you rewarding an employee for doing a good job. In turn, you hope that this will motivate him or her even more in the future. The rewards can differ from a simple congratulatory handshake and acknowledgement of positive results, to a financial bonus, or other small incentives. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at how positive reinforcement is actually useful in achieving performance at the workplace.
Positive Reinforcement and the Workplace Benefits
If you show an employee that you appreciate whenever he or she does a great job, they are more likely to show loyalty to your company in any type of situation. They will become committed to the job and understand that there is no reason to seek another one with another company, as long as this one fully appreciates and rewards their efforts.
An acknowledgement of a job done right or a small incentive will make anyone excited about their job. As a result, that excitement will be poured into future projects. These projects will benefit from the employee’s enthusiasm and fresh dose of energy.
Think about it, if you reward someone who has done a good job, the other members of your team will most likely become motivated to get the same recognition and bonuses. That means they will work harder, put in more effort, and become determined to show their worth. This can, of course, only be good news for the company.
When you use positive reinforcement to reward an employee, you might consider his or her potential to advance in the firm. At the same time, he or she will get a self-confidence boost. This can be used to learn new and more advanced things, or even work towards a promotion.
If you never use positive reinforcement when an employee has done a great job, you run the risk of them asking themselves why they are still working for your company. Do you want them to continue working with you and do a good job in the process? Then you should definitely consider some rewards from time to time.
#Establishing a Connection
Here, we’re not only talking about a connection between you and your employees, which is naturally going to happen if you use positive reinforcement, but also about a connection between performing at your best and getting a reward. If you do this from the very beginning, and apply it to all employees without discriminating, the team will internalize the idea that high performance comes with a lot of benefits. Consequently, this will lead to more dedicated and passionate employees.
These benefits of positive reinforcement at the workplace have definitely convinced us that higher performance is possible. We hope you are as convinced as we are, and willing to give it a try.
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