Everyone deserves to feel valued and appreciated for doing great work. The key is understanding variance in preferences and adjusting your style to have greater impact. Knowing your direct reports’ primary language of recognition will help you flex your style and deliver effective recognition to better motivate your team.
Everyone wants to be self-directed, as described by Daniel Pink in the book Drive. It’s linked to their feelings of self-worth and free will. Those who see gaining Further Autonomy as their Language of Recognition, value being given space and authority to express their abilities. It’s the primary way they understand and feel your confidence in them.
The quality and quantity of the time you spend can make or break their engagement. Your main priority during Focused Time is to listen and be fully present with your direct report. The attention you give shows that you value them and their work.