The practice of recognizing the contributions of members on the team.
What is it?
Encouragement is the ability to recognize and acknowledge a job well done. It can be done with a spoken word, a written note, or public recognition.
Why is it important?
Unfortunately, many people struggle to give encouragement or praise. Some managers think encouragement is too soft and that people will stop working as hard (the opposite is true!). Other leaders posit that people should have intrinsic motivation and derive satisfaction from within. In actuality, one of the most common reasons people change jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated by their bosses or co-workers. In a virtual environment, it’s even harder to know how you’re doing as an employee which makes encouragement even more important.