Monday, October 18, 2010

How to Create an Inspiring Work Setting « Workplace Psychology

Harvard Business Review’s Answer Exchange lists some great ways to foster an inspired work environment:
  • Regularly explain to your employees the importance of their work to the company’s larger goals.
  • Express your appreciation of their efforts towards this goal
  • Break down long-term assignments into clear, achievable, short-term milestones that can be celebrated when achieved.
  • Demonstrate confidence in your employees’ ability to overcome problems. (not by disappearing to the golf course or having long lunches)
  • Regularly take employees aside and ask them if they feel challenged, listened to, and recognised. (check you know their names first)
  • When giving feedback, balance negative criticism with feedback that accentuates the positive.
  • Always recognise others for a job well done. Use rewards to acknowledge superior performance.
  • Celebrate every success and milestone. (remember to Budget for this and don't skimp)
Reference: Harvard Business Review (2010). HBR Answers Exchange.
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