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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Motivating Employees by Shawn Doyle

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Acknowledging Effort

For a motivating environment to exist, employees have to be acknowledged for their efforts. We all want to be acknowledged. I have worked with managers who never gave a compliment to me or any other employees. I actually worked for a manager one time who screamed at me and then came back an hour later and said, “I know I screamed, but I don’t apologize to anyone.”

There are many ways of acknowledging efforts of employees:

•   Give a verbal compliment. A simple comment to an employee for the fine work they have done can have a productive effect.

•   Sending a handwritten note. A simple handwritten note has a great deal of value. In this high-tech world we live in, a handwritten note can have significant impact and a high perceived ...

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