Confession time. I like hearing praise. Crazy, huh? I’m betting you like it too.
I’m not talking about the “everyone gets a trophy because we all have value,” empty praise. That has been proven to actually hurt future performance. I’m talking about earned praise for a job well done.
A friend of mine this week said, “A raise is great, but sometimes a pat on the back letting me know my hard work is valued and that I’m making a difference is just as important.”
Do you agree?
There are two things people want more than sex and money… recognition and praise.
–Mary Kay Ash
That got me to thinking: When’s the last time I gave someone earned praise for a job well done? Too long.
When was the last time you did?
The New One Minute Manager has a great tip on one minute praises. Yes, you can do it in one minute, make someone’s day and really make a difference. You can use this at work, with your family or with friends. Here’s how it works.
- Praise the behavior as soon as possible when you see it.
- Make the praise specific.
- Say how good it makes you feel to see their success.
- Pause to let them enjoy your comments.
- Encourage them to keep up the excellent work.
Is there someone you can use this with today? Why wait?