In fact, 65% of people surveyed said they received no recognition for good work in a previous year, according to Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, authors of How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life (2004).
According to newer Gallup research, what employees want most — along with competitive pay — is quality management. When they feel unappreciated and disapprove of their managers, they leave or stop trying.
Almost 25% of U.S. employees would fire their bosses if given the chance, and about 50% of actively disengaged workers would follow suit.
Because of current economic realities, people may not be leaving their jobs. Instead, they join the growing ranks of the disengaged and “missing in action.” It rests upon managers to learn better ways of interacting with the people on whom they depend.
Based on a great deal of previous research, positive managers practice these three leadership behaviors:
- Use a strengths-based approach
- Provide frequent recognition and encouragement
- Maintain a positive perspective when difficulties arise
Past studies have shown these practices have a direct effect on employee engagement, and each is an observable and testable behavior.
None of these characteristics are innate, but all can be learned. Very few executives intuitively know:
- How to work with people’s strengths
- How to automatically give frequent credit where due
- How to respond with your best game face when the going gets rough
This article examines the bottom line results of a positive, strengths-based approach to improving performance.
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