In team settings, recognizing individual contributions can be challenging. But because recognition is a powerful motivator, you need to find ways to give it. Start by getting to know each team member personally: ask about backgrounds, life outside of work, and career aspirations. Because helping people grow is a form of recognition, assign challenging tasks, and act as a coach. Try sending written acknowledgment, like a thank-you email with senior management copied. In team discussions, recognize behaviors that people should continue.
Hold sessions focused on positive feedback and have everyone share what they appreciate about each team member, whether specific contributions or general strengths. Finally, share credit publicly. Have team members participate in presentations to clients or senior management.
Adapted from the HBR Guide to Leading Teams by Mary Shapiro.