One day, his wife complained that in their 25 years of marriage, he had never told her that he loved her.
“I told you when we got married. I’ll let you know if it changes,” he replied.
Acknowledging staff members or affirming employees for a job well done doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m the kind of person that believes recognition isn’t necessary when someone does as expected.
YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO WORK HARD
For example, I’ve heard employees say, I worked hard for this company. This comment doesn’t deserve affirmation.
Why? Because the expectations is not to barely do mediocre average work. The expectation is that people work hard. Pronouncing you work hard is like a father publicly declaring he takes care of his kids.
WHEN IS TOO MUCH, TOO MUCH?
I also feel that if you praise a person for their good job often, the praise eventually loses value. Like the word thanks. It’s polite, but is one thankful every time we say thanks? So when I acknowledge someone’s behavior, character, work ethic, etc. it is because it truly exceeded expectation.
WHAT IS THAT ABOUT?
Here is the thing. As a member of the team (as opposed to the boss) I like to receive positive feedback. I like to get recognition, have someone acknowledge my work and accomplishments.
WE ALL NEED TO HEAR IT
I’m sure the wife in the story knew the husband loved her, but she needed to hear it from him. And just like the wife, people too need to hear from the person in charge words of appreciation even though they heard it once before.
The affirmation, praise, recognition, pat on the back (how ever you want to describe it) isn’t only for those in charge to give to their reports. This also applies to colleagues and peers.
Furthermore, I’d challenge those of you that have bosses, supervisors or managers to share words of encouragement as well. They need it just as much as you need it too.
HAS BRANDON GONE SOFT?
You may be wondering what this has to do with practice management, business, revenue, CPT codes or ICD10? A lot!
Medical practices don’t sell products, transport goods, develop software or produce widgets in a factory. Our businesses are all about people. Consequently, the only way to improve productivity or enhance performance is by getting better at managing people. And frequent reminders that show appreciation is one of the best way to become a great practice manager.
As it turns out, people that are recognized, appreciated and affirmed are far more productive, far more efficient, and far more happy than those that are not.
Do you regularly provide positive feedback to your employees? Do you provide positive feedback to your boss, manager or supervisor? If so, how do you prefer to affirm or show appreciation to the staff? A note by email, a handwritten note, publicly? I’d love to hear ways your practice engages employee.