Most people are familiar with the old adage, “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” Thinking and acting this way helps bring respect for everyone and evokes a caring spirit in many people.

Is this the same mind-set that is in the workplace? Should it be?

Think about this scenario:

Your business has two team members who have the same responsibilities. One is a humble team player, has a “get it done” approach and has a gracious attitude that drives his success. The other is arrogant, selfish and makes excuses for his poor performance.

Do you treat the latter employee the same way as the former?

As the leader of your business, you must appreciate the efforts of your high-performing team members and show recognition of their results. Actively expressing your gratitude communicates an important message – that hard work, dedication and results are valued.

If you don’t show these gestures, there’s a cost. Without a recognizable difference between how the committed team members are treated and how the underperformers are treated, guess what you’ll end up with. Underperformers on both accounts.

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