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Performance Appraisals & Phrases For Dummies® by Ken Lloyd

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Chapter 19. The Top Ten Behaviors Meriting Special Recognition

Recognition is one of the most powerful sources of employee motivation, and performance appraisals offer a perfect opportunity to formally identify and recognize your employees' successes and achievements, whether in terms of their job performance or their personal growth and development. Although recognizing all of your employees' accomplishments is important, ten behaviors jump off the chart and merit special recognition.

The common theme shared by these behaviors is that they demonstrate particularly high levels of dedication, commitment, and energy — all of which add significant value to the company. Plus, when one employee engages in these behaviors, some of her co-workers will likely follow suit because they, too, will be interested in receiving recognition from you.

If you want your employees to repeat these outstanding behaviors, the best step is to recognize them as you manage by wandering around and as you conduct performance appraisals.

Tip

Your employees learn from you every day, not only as a result of your direct guidance and mentoring but also as a result of your actions. So, another powerful way to draw out the top ten behaviors from your employees is to engage in them yourself.

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