How to manage your team #6: Praise

Teammates thrive on praise and positive feedback

Your team will look to you for signs they’re doing a good job. In the absence of positive feedback, they’ll fear they’re doing a mediocre or poor job – or that their future good work will go unnoticed.

Feed your team what they need most (most confirm they crave affirmation more than compensation). Keep a list of things each does well. Whether it was a well-written email or a comment in a meeting or positive client feedback, make a written note of it. Be specific when you offer the praise and you’ll see more of that exact type of good work.

Chris Schroder, The 100 Companies