Tom Peters, the Business Guru, says:
“The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.”
Unless you have detailed records on production per hour per employee, you probably don’t know if the folks working on your jobs are producing to the max. If you don’t know, then it would be wise to do as Peters says and give our employees the best feedback we can give.
Negative feedback, i.e . . . ranting and raving about lack of effort, mistakes made, etc., accomplishes little and makes everyone miserable. If someone is doing so poorly that you can’t say something positive, then it is time to give them a transfer to your competition.
Be nice to your employees, it is by far the most productive incentive you have.