“You may be liberal in your praise where praise is due: it costs nothing; it encourages much.” – Horace Mann
One of the best things about the environment where I work is the amount of praise that flows from all the people. Any time that someone does something well, multiple people are always quick to shower that person with great jobs, job well dones, and other positive superlatives.
I have seen those situations and environments where nothing is ever good enough. People do a great job on a project and it goes unnoticed. People go above and beyond to meet a client’s needs and and someone is quick to point out where they messed up.
Receiving praise is encouraging and uplifting. We want to work harder for those who show gratitude for the work we did for them. We are more inclined to go above and beyond for them in the future. We tend to enjoy our work more which in then makes us more productive while we are there.
Giving praise is equally as rewarding. The smile on the face of the person you just gave appreciation to is the ultimate reward that hopefully they will pay forward to someone else. It feels good to make someone’s day.
My challenge to you today is to share praise where it is warranted. Seek the person (or their manager) out and let them know how great of a job they have done. We are so often quick to point out the poor service or jobs we receive or notice, but do not put that same effort into validating when someone has done a good job.
Seek it out for others (not yourself) and you will soon find others seeking it out for you.
It only takes a second, it costs you nothing, and it will without a doubt make their day. The appreciation and gratitude you receive for pointing it out will also make yours.
Bring your best today!