Want an easy and completely free way to drive employee
engagement and increase profit? Turns out that praise-the simple expression of
appreciation and gratitude-boosts morale and employee engagement which in turn
drive profitability and productivity.
To be most effective, praise needs to be
tailored properly. We are big believers in recognizing hard work, diligent effort
and simple kindnesses. So we want to be sure to deliver our kudos in the best
way possible. We like the tips in The Power of Praise in Business -- and How to Do it
Do It Now: Closely link the delivery
of praise to the timing of the accomplishment for maximum impact. Try not to
let too much time pass before acknowledging effort and hard work.
Be Specific: Don't let a blanket "great
job!" suffice. Spell out concrete details that demonstrate that you truly understand
the effort that went into a project or a job. When you praise specific actions,
you are more likely to see them repeated, creating a virtuous circle of excellent
Be Authentic: Praise needs to be
heartfelt to be meaningful. Don't merely spout out platitudes or laud someone
simply because you feel you should. When praise is rooted in true appreciation,
it is easier to deliver and received more appreciatively.
Before we end, we leave you
with a wonderful article on praise's close kin, the thank you. A sincere thank you
delivered either by words or by gesture, elicits the same sense of appreciation
and recognition for one's effort. Yet often we overlook those who are most deserving
of our thanks. Read Who Should You Be Thanking? and never leave someone off the list again.
Do you make it a point to praise your coworkers? What is the
best way to deliver praise? Share
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