in the workplace plays a prominent role in developing profitability in your
firm and long-lasting motivated employees. Praise plays a large part in
promoting both. According to a 2003 Gallup survey outlined in the book, "How Full is Your
by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, 61% of American workers received no praise
at work. And the biggest reason people leave their jobs is because they feel
unappreciated. It turns out that giving genuine
praise often goes a lot further than even monetary rewards, and that makes good
their research of some four million employees in 10,000 business units and 30
industries worldwide, they found that workers who receive regular recognition
- Increase their collaboration
- Increase their
individual productivity with effective time management
- Receive high loyalty
and satisfaction approval from customers and co-workers
- Are more likely to
stay with their organization.
All of us need
and reassurance in our work lives just as we do in our personal lives. Praise
increases the pride we take in our work and that improves job satisfaction as
well as the quality of our services. Praise reinforces our relationships with
co-workers and management. Praise also keeps us from feeling that we are taken for
granted and it builds company loyalty, which is all too rare these days.
So if praise is so vital to collaboration, productivity, customer satisfaction, and employee
retention, why aren’t more organizations dishing it out more liberally? There
could be many reasons. For instance, some managers, directors and executives
simply are not comfortable with giving praise. This could be due to their
family or educational backgrounds, or because the corporate culture doesn’t
encourage it. Some may believe that a paycheck and standard benefits package is
sufficient and if you want a pat on the back, you should get it in your
personal life. There are many more…
Here at Boomer Consulting,
our management team promotes praise and kudos throughout the company. On a
daily basis, anyone in the firm may recognize a co-worker by sending a "Shout
Details for BCI's "Shout Out/Thank You” Program:
This is a way for us to shout out and say thank you to
each other. If someone helps you out with an assignment, or they
go out of their way to do something for you, this is when you can
recognize them to the entire staff. Also, keep our core values in mind -Trusted
Relationships, Integrity, Innovation, Development & Growth, Respect &
Teamwork and Accountability. When someone really exhibits our core
values, make sure to tell them that in your shout out/thank you!
Shout Outs are sent and logged from our database. All members receive notice of each posting submitted (Public appreciation – what a novel idea.). These are tracked within the database and may be viewed anytime by any BCI member. Staff meetings are a good time to view the "Shout Outs” submitted within the past week. This reinforces appreciation shown by and to all members.
Out to (name)
Thank you for lending your wisdom
and experience to the planning process. You’re comments and questions
help keep us on the right path.
Shout Out to - Boomer Team
I have been reviewing all of the notes, shout out's, presentations and just flat out hard work that everyone has been doing as we prep for an amazing summit next week. We are SO incredibly proud of each and every one of you. Jim and I were talking today about how awesome our event will be next week - because of each of you. So... here is our shout out to EACH OF YOU!!!! Woot Woot.
From Sandra & Jim
Shout Out to - (name)
Thanks for your quick responses to all my last minute requests this week. Your quick turnaround has helped to keep the process moving forward!
Whatever the reason firms skimp on this simple strategy, it is time to reverse the impulse to hold back praise and instead let it flow. Praise should not come only from those on the top, praise should emanate in all directions throughout the organization. And it is likely to be contagious.
Give it a try in your
Catch someone doing
something especially well and tell them why you personally think that is so
great. You may find in this little act that you end up appreciating your own
job a little more.