Drug team members with praise

Drug team members with praise

Mar 01, 2007
By dvm360.com staff

The same brain chemical—dopamine—that motivated cave-dwelling humans to hunt again after a successful kill will get your staff excited about performing well again and again.

How does it work? You don't need illegal pills or powder to get your team members high, according to a new Gallup study—just weekly, or even daily, pats on the back.

See, praise leads to increased levels of dopamine in the human brain, the same dopamine that gets people to repeat successful activity. Give the right kind of praise—money, public recognition, or quiet kudos, depending on the particular team member—and you'll get employees to enjoy doing a good job for you. Everybody wins.

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