Show employees your gratitude by celebrating World Compliment Day on March 1!
The holiday’s Netherlands originator, recognition professional Hans Poortvliet says 50 nations celebrated World Compliment Day last year. It’s not intended as a commercial holiday; it’s simply an opportunity to recognize and appreciate others. And that’s something everyone needs.
“A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge,” Poortvliet says. “Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier, and as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?
As philosopher and psychologist William James once said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
Your employees are the reason your company runs smoothly—they do their best for you every day. Take this opportunity to show your gratitude and appreciation by giving each of them a sincere compliment. Here’s how…
Reason + Feeling + Result = Great Compliment
The three parts to a compliment that will reach employees’ hearts, not just their heads, and make them feel you really understand and care, according to HaLife.
- The Reason – Pinpoint the reason you’re giving the compliment by describing the project and providing examples of the outstanding efforts that impressed you. Employees need to understand why the compliment is warranted.
- The Feeling – Define how you felt about the work that exceeded expectations—grateful, thrilled, elated, ecstatic, pleased, thankful—so you can connect on a more personal level.
- The Result – Factually identify how employees’ above-and-beyond exertions helped the company. Do you have statistics that show how the employee saved time or money? It’s your chance to help employees understand how their actions directly help the business.
Together, these three elements form a sincere and meaningful compliment that shows your approval and admiration. Your employees will likely be motivated to continue to earn more heartfelt compliments through hard work.
Craft Great Compliments that Support your Workplace Values
Roy Saunderson with Incentive Magazine article “Top 10 Ways to Give Compliments on the Job” offers an expansive look at what one should compliment in the workplace. It’s not just about recognizing results according to Saunderson; make the effort to compliment workers exhibiting valuable workplace attributes such as loyalty, initiative, sensitivity, team-work too.
Demand Media provides tips for successful delivery of compliments in Amie Martin’s Chron.com article, “How to Compliment Good Employees”. Marten reminds managers to say “thank you”, two of the most important and valuable words to communicate to employees, often.
If penning a note is more your style, WriteExpress provides compliment letter templates you can use to craft your great compliments.
For more ideas, or to go public with your compliments, sign up to follow World Compliment Day on Twitter or Facebook.
What’s the best workplace compliment you have received? What’s the best one you have given to someone else?
Have a happy World Compliment Day!
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