What motivates employee is a still fundamental question and till date there are different opinions on this. I always wonder actually what works when. However every human being like a praise. Praise to the human being is what sunshine and rain are to the flower
The value of praise has been acknowledged by many. Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
Praise can have its pitfalls. In communicating praise effectively, four conditions should be met:
When praising someone, you should be sincere. Insincere praise is worse than no praise at all. Insincere praise insults the receiver, cheapens the speaker’s comments and causes the loss of credibility.
Give praise in a timely fashion. “Better late than never” does not apply here. As soon as you recognize something praiseworthy, communicate your praise.
Praise should be based on specifics. That gives your words more substance, and enforces the outcomes you want to nurture. “Your report was effective and to the point” is much better than “You’re a great person.”
Communicate your praise in public. Recognizing a person in the presence of his/her peers gives the praise more impact, and encourages others to do better.
Please remember praise is precious, it is like a diamond and hence overdo it, otherwise employees will not value your praise.