Benefits of positive reinforcement in the workplace
July 24, 2020
As a manager or team lead, identifying opportunities for improvement, streamlining efficiency, and articulating constructive feedback are everyday tasks. On the opposite side of the coin, it is also your responsibility to recognize hard work, celebrate employee wins, and lead a motivated and engaged team.
Positive reinforcement is one of the easiest and most effective ways you can boost employee morale and performance. Time and time again we are told that employees flourish in a supportive environment. Recognition and care of your team will ensure they feel not only supported, but thrive, within your organization.
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The benefits to employees and organizations
There are a variety of ways you can go about instilling discipline and a strong work ethic into your team, but very rarely will negative reinforcement foster desired outcomes or behaviours.
In addition to keeping your team motivated and encouraged, there are a wide array of benefits from adopting positive reinforcement techniques :
- Celebrating employees for their hard work will boost their self-esteem, meaning they will be more enthusiastic about their work and more likely to collaborate with others
- Employees who feel valued and appreciated exhibit greater retention and organizational loyalty
- Positive reinforcement clearly defines and communicates desired behaviors while strengthening the relationship between performance and recognition
- Employees whose performance is rewarded or recognized are more open to learning new techniques, skills, and taking on additional responsibility
- Recognizing those employees who manage their time effectively will increase productivity and efficiency
The summation of all of these benefits-improved attitudes, communications, and employee performance - results in a company culture that is untouchable. Organizations that fail to recognize employee accomplishments will leave team members feeling unappreciated - and unappreciated employees rarely stick around long, let alone challenge or truly apply themselves at work. Toxic work cultures are known to plague employees with unwarranted stress and fatigue, ultimately leading to burnout and exhaustion. The verdict is in; healthy and supportive work cultures are the only way to go, and positive reinforcement can help you achieve just that!
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Practicing positive reinforcement through recognition
As explored in our blog post about recognition and retention, one of the leading reasons people leave an organization is because they do not feel appreciated or valued. Acknowledging an employee’s or a colleague’s work, and fostering a recognition-rich environment, is a simple way you can practice positive reinforcement. Routinely celebrating work milestones and team goals encourage positive interactions - cultivating a culture where employees feel supported and valued.
The avenues you can take when it comes to practicing positive reinforcement with your team are endless. As long as it is direct and sincere, your organization will reap the benefits of a motivated and supported team. Finding the perfect balance between how and when to recognize team members will encourage them to challenge themselves while remaining confident in their abilities. Praise your employees for heading in the right direction and your organization will follow suit.
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