Yeah, a pay check is indeed an ultimate reinforcement that drags employees to your office every day. But does the presence in the office vicinity suffice your requisites? Or you really want productive and effective work from your employees? Of course, the latter one! Right? For that, the solution is positive reinforcement.
Now, what on earth is this positive reinforcement? How can it leverage you to solicit prolific work from your employees? What are its examples? Answers to all these questions are in this article. So, fasten your seat belt and get ready to ply.
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WHAT IS POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT?
Positive reinforcement alludes to the stimulating motivational response that enhances the likelihood of the repetition of a behavior. The definition might stir your head, but the concept is austere and straightforward. How?
If you reward or appreciate a person, the probability of good work exponentiates or increases. But, if good work flows into ignorance, the likeliness of good work diminishes.
Take the best employee award of the year. If you provide that award on a monthly or yearly basis, the employees would feel appreciated. They would think their work pays off, and you are paying gratitude to them. The reinforcement award would thus motivate the employee to work harder in the coming years.
According to B.F. skinner( a psychologist), 1953, Science and Human Behavior,
“The only way to tell whether a given event is reinforcing to a given organism under given conditions is to make a direct test. We observe the frequency of a selected response, then make an event contingent upon it and observe any change in frequency. If there is a change, we classify the event as reinforcing to the organism under the existing conditions.”
EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
Constitutional comprehension of positive reinforcement can vivaciously enliven with these examples. These real-time examples will authenticate the previously stated claims. So, read, conceive, and apply them in your workplace.
APPROVAL, APPRECIATION, AND DEVELOPMENT
You cannot assume an employee to know that they are doing well. Knowingly or unknowingly, but they got to hear it out from you. So, hover around periodically and appreciate the hard-put efforts.
How can you do that?
- Give positive feedback for high-quality work.
- Set the table for employees to voice their viewpoints.
- Provide a favorable environment for development and advancement.
- Provide dynamic and flexible projects.
- Conduct webinars and seminars for inspirational and motivational talks.
MONETARY REWARDS, PAID TIME-OFF, PROGRESSION
As stated in the first sentence, money is the predominant positive reinforcement for any employee. Having said that monetary reward is only reinforced if delivered in correlation to achievement and upshots.
So, how can you leverage it in the best possible outcome?
- Competing remuneration or salary
- Bonuses and timely raise
- Valuable health and insurance advantages.
- Paid sick leaves.
- Paid maternity leaves.
- Achievement reward
- Gift cards
WORK-LIFE EQUILIBRIUM, MENTAL HEALTH, AND PHYSICAL FITNESS, SOCIAL AND FAMILY NECESSITIES
Spending 9-10 hours at the workplace, an employee contributes a considerable half-of-the-day at the office. Hence, a motivating, conducive, and nurturing environment is mandated to give a shot to bridge the gap between work and home.
As an employer, it’s your responsibility to build a nourishing cosmos at the office. Take into account the comforts and well-being of the employees.
How do you do that?
- Work from home opportunities. (at least 1-2 days a week or a month)
- Get together and retreats.
- Free coffees and tea.
- Flexible dress code.
- Onsite gym and bicycle availability.
- Daycare services.
- Pet allowed at the office.
- Desirable work equipment
- Parking, cafeteria, and so forth and so on.
HOW TO LEVERAGE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
Well, as of now, how can you effectively administer positive reinforcement? The strategies and tips for execution unveil forthwith.
Here are the five administrative tips:
PROVIDE INSTANTANEOUS REINFORCEMENTS
Strike while the iron is hot. For one, it is most effective, and secondly, it yields the maximum fruit. An example, if an employee performs extraordinarily at the presentation, appreciate him or her right there. It will forebear the supreme outgrowths.
RENDER INDIVIDUALIZED REINFORCEMENTS
Every person is unique in them self. Thus, each person anticipates individualized reinforcements. For example, not every employee will be reinforced by gift cards. While some may prefer a worthwhile appreciation or a lunch as a frenzied reinforcement.
GIVE MYRIAD REINFORCEMENTS
A person tends to embrace boredom with monotonous motivations. An employee would acknowledge diversification in reinforcements. For example, if an employee receives a gift card for every exceptional performance, after a haul may be the reinforcement comes to a halt. The wish list comes to an end, and the gift card loses its importance.
BESTOW WELL-DEFINED REINFORCEMENTS
For the impact to be potent, be specific and precise as to what actions are hailed. For example, if you commend the upbeat performance of the project, it should be stated otherwise.
INTERTWINE EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL REINFORCEMENTS
The interface of external reinforcement ( such as coffee, gift cards) and internal reinforcement ( like self-admiration, self-efficacy, advancement) produces more than successful results.
Looking at examples and strategize, we hope you have acquired the prototype of positive reinforcement. Now, you can use and leverage your employees to catapult and maximize your profits duly and intrinsically.
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