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Couple verbal praise with reward initiatives to maximize success

Verbal and written praise can go a long way in supporting and maintaining worker motivation.

Verbal and written praise can go a long way in supporting and maintaining worker motivation. However, alone it may not be enough, which is why many companies are turning to employee rewards and recognition programs.

These initiatives vary depending on the business and its set of staff members, as not all firms operate under the same budget and not all rewards are the right choice for their office culture. Regardless, a well thought out incentives program can turn words into a physical showing of gratitude.

Similar to praising employees, rewards can be awarded to staff members in a public fashion so as to continue to promote recognition for a job well done. Furthermore, these rewards can be doled out in a tiered fashion – depending on the project, the result and the effort.

A recognition program will not only benefit employees but also businesses. "Without … great, motivated employees, the company suffers in the long-term, and profits will not be as high as they can be," Business 2 Community explains. "Creating and keeping employee motivation high should be considered very serious by anyone in upper management."

To implement such programs, senior personnel may want to consult with staff members to find out how they like to be recognized and what motivates them.

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