The Top 8 Motivational Strategies Part 3: Private Recognition

Hi there! I hope all of you are having a great day. In our previous post we discussed the second of the top eight motivational strategies, providing public recognition. Today, we’re going to discuss the third strategy, which is providing private recognition.

As a reminder, the strategies are as follows:

1) Sense of Belonging

2) Public Recognition

3) Private Recognition

4) Monetary Reward

5) Fear of Consequences

6) Competition

7) Significance/Purpose

8) Life Balance

Providing private recognition is going to make you a better leader, in addition to helping you motivate your team and give them the necessary drive to do their best work. As with all eight strategies, this one will work best in a small, family-owned business. Now, let’s get into what it is and how to use it.

Providing Private Recognition in a Family-Owned Business

Private recognition is similar to public recognition, but it applies more to interpersonal relationships. While public recognition might involve throwing an office party or choosing someone for employee of the month, private recognition would involve taking someone aside to congratulate or praise them. You could also send them a card or write them an email or note about how well they’ve done.

If you’re in a family-owned business, it’s important to ensure this occurs in a business setting. It can be tempting to talk about work over dinner or give praise while you’re setting the table, but you want to make sure that you use this motivational strategy at work. You want to ensure that your company culture includes the top eight motivational strategies, and that it’s accessible to those both inside and outside of the family in case you work with non-relatives at some point.

Knowing you’ve done a good job certainly feels great, but having someone else acknowledge it makes the sense of accomplishment even sweeter. If you take time to let your team members know you notice and appreciate their hard work, they’ll be able to give you more of it. The end result will be a team that is as efficient, productive, and successful as they can possibly be.

Please try providing private recognition in your small business, and don’t hesitate to leave me a comment regarding how it goes. What works for one person may not work for another, so be sure to have a discussion with your team members regarding what forms of private recognition motivate them most. The next post is going to discuss the fourth of the top eight motivational strategies, so don’t forget to join me for that. Until then, have a better than amazing day!