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Giving Praise

Published Tue Feb 16 2021

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Praise is one of the most effective tools for increasing performance, but it’s also one of the most underused. Only one in three workers say they receive praise on a weekly basis, and those who don’t are twice as likely to be looking for other employment opportunities. Cultures that celebrate success and give praise where it’s due are far more likely to be successful, but there are some considerations to be made before prioritizing praise. First, make sure it’s in public rather than in private. Highlight team members’ efforts at levels they’re comfortable with. This will foster pride and productivity. Praise should also be given during the moment—it has a shelf life. Recognition as close to the event being recognized will go much further than waiting for a big corporate event or monthly departmental meeting. It should also be encouraged on a peer-to-peer level. Praise doesn’t always have to come from the top down. Team members should be encouraged to look for opportunities to recognize their co-workers’ wins and celebrate alongside them.

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