The most beautiful sound to a person is his name.
Therefore, look for opportunities to make a beautiful sound every time you praise people. Name an award after an outstanding employee. Doing so will highlight the best traits of the employee and you will raise his value before his eyes and that of his co-employees.
When discussing ideas, give credit to whom it is due. Mention the names of those who contribute innovative ideas.
Greet employees by name when you pass them in the hall. People are used to calling you “Sir” or Ma’am”.
Mentioning their names will make them feel that they are important and you are reachable. Use your employees’ names. It will not cost you anything but the return is great.