Posts Tagged ‘appreciation’

Creating a High Performing Environment

Author: Diane Hamilton, Date: 6/5/2015

Leaders play an important role in creating a motivating work environment.  They set the tone by demonstrating respect, valuing employees, and creating a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

While you can’t really motivate someone, you can create the conditions that encourage people to be motivated to perform at their best.

While money is important, it isn’t the most powerful or effective motivator.  People want to be paid fairly, but it isn’t the force that generates discretionary effort. The following factors, when employed on a day-to-day basis, go a long way to creating an environment of high performance.


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Create a High Performing Workplace

Author: Paul Dillenburg, Date: 9/20/2011

In order get the best out of your workforce, look to create an environment that:

Ensures employees understand the significance of their work

  • Do employees understand how their job impacts customers?
  • Do employees understand how their job impacts the success of the organization?
  • Do employees feel valued?

Appreciates employee contributions

  • Do leaders/managers show appreciation to their direct reports?
  • Do leaders/managers treat direct reports with respect?
  • Are employees fairly compensated for the work that they do?

Allows employees to build their competence

  • Are employees’ skills and talents being used to their fullest potential?
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Recognition Goes a Long Way

Author: Diane Hamilton, Date: 8/3/2011

I love chai tea. Even during this incredible heat wave I drink hot chai. As I told someone recently, “It makes me happy.” Ah, yes, the simple things often mean the most.

The other day I had a cup of chai at a local coffee house I frequent. The barista is a regular for me; and, she always makes a perfect cup of tea. Always. So I told her. I made a point of thanking her for making the consistently best cup of chai that I’ve had—anywhere. The smile on her face and her genuine “thank you…you made my day” told the rest of the story.

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