random-acts-of-kindness-at-work.jpgAs Mothers Day approaches I was reminded of the power of Praise and Recognition at work (at home too).  The research findings on this topic are staggering. Study after study conclude that employees who are given praise and recognition from their managers:

  • Have higher morale
  • Achieve better results
  • Get higher satisfaction scores from customers
  •  Are healthier
  •  Are more loyal to the organization
  • More motivated
  • More Accountable to end results
  • Achieve better organizational results

Don’t forget to tell mom… thanks, give a hug if you can, and an I love you goes a long way.  

Delivering Praise – As Good As CASH $$$$

When praise is given correctly the National Institute for Psychological Studies concluded that praise activates the same part of the brain as receiving cash! The way praise is delivered has a direct impact on it effectiveness.  Praise must be based on genuine achievements. Empty words hold no value and can do harm.  Below are some ways you can praise others.

Top 5  Praise and Recognition Ideas

1. Listen


Listen and don’t interrupt. Take just a minute to listen to someone, support their dreams. Stay engaged in what he/she is saying. People don’t always want a solution, they just want you to listen. We underestimate how important and comforting it is to be listened to.

 2.Give a Genuine Compliment

Fine opportunities to to give complements. Honest and unique compliments show that you care. Try to compliment someone that they obviously put some effort into- something they did or made.

3. Can I Help You?  

These are four powerful words. Oftentimes just helping with small things goes a long way. At home ask if you can set the table, do the dishes, take the dog for a walk. At work, ask if you can get someone a cup of coffee, get their fax off the machine, deliver their mail to them from the mail room.


4. Surprise Notes 


This is one of my favorites. Use a post it and put a little phrase of encouragement on it , then leave it in a place the person will discover for example: on their computer, in their lunch bag, by their keys. My husband gives me these little surprise notes all the time and they make me smile everytime I get one.  


5.  Just Say Thank You


So, easy.  Does not cost you anything. Just say thanks. I once had a co-worker, Tom, and he’d go around telling folks ” thanks for coming in today.” Sometimes he leave this message on your phone, or on a post it – left on your computer. When he saw that someone was  really stressed, or under the gun on a project, he would find the opportunity to leave this message for you. Couldn’t help but make you smile.