Recognizing people in tough times

by on December 22, 2011 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

You know when times are tough, keeping morale up is critical: Praising excellent safety performance is one way to do that.

Here are eight ideas for making praise effective and keeping workers in a safe, high-performance, low-fear mode:

  • If you hear a positive remark about a worker, pass it on to him or her as soon as you can.
  • Thank people personally for spotting hazards. A simple thank you from a boss goes a long way in boosting an individual’s morale.
  • When you distribute safety materials (or pay stubs), write a note recognizing each person’s contribution during the period.
  • Ask a senior manager to attend a team meeting where you recognize people for their accomplishments. Or arrange for a top executive to call an outstanding team member personally.
  • Call an employee in just to thank him or her for a good job. Don’t make the meeting about anything else – if you have other issues to discuss, save them for another time.
  • For employees who work in a distant work site, leave a voice mail just to say thanks for some job well done.
  • If you receive personal recognition from higher-ups, share it around with the rest of your team and give credit where credit’s due.
  • Create a “traveling” award. Buy or create an award and present it to a deserving employee. After a set period – a week, a month – ask this employee to choose a person to pass the trophy on to, and explain why. Continue the process as long as the trophy keeps its “buzz.”

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