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Praising Effort Rather Than Results Can Make Your Rehab Center More Effective
Managing employees involves monitoring the work of your team and providing praise when appropriate. It is important that employees feel valued and respected for the work that they do. Rewarding effort instead of results can help create a more effective team and focus priorities.
Why should you reward effort over results?
Here is a list of reasons why you should reward effort over results in your drug and alcohol rehab center:
Helps prioritize what is right
When the only goal is to complete a job, a business can lose sight of what is important- namely, the treatment of clients and working together with other team members. By rewarding effort, teamwork and values take precedence in workplace processes.
Reduces reliance on luck
Results are often a product of luck, and this can be a source of frustration for employees who have worked hard but have not had the same results as someone who got lucky. Comparatively, hard work is the result of effort, talent, and attitude. By rewarding your employees for their effort, you reinforce the importance of dedication and create more fairness in the workplace.
Creates a sense of purpose
Praising hard work can help your employees realize hard work is more than a means to an end. They learn their efforts are part of a larger purpose and that they are an essential part of the team.
Focusing on efforts will help focus the entire team on the long-term goals of your business, rather than the immediate task. Dedicated effort will bring motivation, fairness, happiness, and better results for the overall goals and each milestone along the way. By feeling like the job they do is valuable, employees that receive praise often take more pride in their work and feel good about their roles, increasing office morale and reducing turnover.
Work better than punishment
Offering rewards for positive behaviors is more effective for increasing motivation than punishing the negative ones. By offering praise or rewards, you can encourage employees to take certain actions, or repeat what works.
Reaffirms continuous hard work
By encouraging hard work, you signal to keep working hard, even when a task is complete. If you only offer praise for a completed task, this can signal to employees to stop working hard, or that their job is done, once a task is complete.
Increases trust among staff
Offering praise can increase trust among staff. By recognizing efforts, you can create stronger relationships and increase motivation. The trust you build can also encourage employees to stay working for your company and work harder, as they typically feel more respected and appreciated when they receive praise.
Creates a growth mindset
When you praise employees for their efforts, it signals to them they can take chances and make mistakes, increasing resilience to keep persevering. The more (calculated) risks a person takes, the more likely they are to find success. This mindset can become a habit and develop an effective team. For instance, if you only praise results, it may signal to employees to never take risks or take on a challenge where they fear they might fail. When you praise effort, it encourages faith in skills and abilities and can result in employees pursuing more opportunities for development.
By offering praise for efforts, or for a job that is not yet complete, you are encouraging your employees to continue pursuing tasks in their way in the future, even without praise.
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