In an article for Inc.com, Justin Bariso wrote about a single action that could make us a better husband, wife, boss or employee. This single action is praising or commending others. According to Bariso, the research organization Gallup surveyed more than four million employees and found that “individuals who receive regular recognition and praise:
- increase their individual productivity
- increase engagement among their colleagues
- are more likely to stay with their organization
- receive higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers
- have better safety records and fewer accidents on the job.”
So if praise can lead to all of these amazing results, why don’t managers use it more often? Unfortunately, many managers don’t believe they need to praise people for doing their jobs. After all, the employees are getting paid, why do they need to be praised for doing what is expected? Other managers are so focused on fixing what is wrong, they don’t have time to acknowledge what is right. And still other managers are so focused on the tasks at hand that they don’t make time to praise. These managers simply check off the to-do list and move to the next project; they don’t stop to praise deserving employees in between the tasks.
Hopefully, you are not one of these managers, but rather, a leader who praises your team and recognizes them for a job well done. Leaders who praise develop loyal and willing followers who are committed to the vision and mission of the organization. So this week, make it a point to share praise effusively. Set a goal of praising someone by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow and then keep it going all week. When you see the amazing results, I hope you’ll make praising others part of your daily routine and, ultimately, part of your organization’s culture.
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