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Sing your Praises in Public

I like to extol the virtues  of a genuine ‘thank you’ or an enthusiastic ‘congratulations’ or a thoughtfully placed ‘great job.’ I maintain that simply taking the time to utter these very words might have a more profound impact on your people than any silly, complicated, and short-lived employee reward and recognition scheme you put together. If I had a tail, I’d wag it every time I heard these things from my boss. It’s how I’m programmed: I like to please the Alpha. Strange? Not really. In fact, more humans are programmed this way than aren’t (I don’t really have the science to back that up, but I didn’t really try to find it either…it’s out there, I’m sure.)

Anyway, sending a ‘thank you’ E-Mail is one thing; sending a hand-written ‘thank you’ note is another; and offering the praise in person usually takes the cake. But printing it on a prominent page of the Chicago Tribune Sunday Edition (1M subscribers) kind of trumps it all.

I came across this really thoughtful piece in the paper this weekend and thought it was a good reminder that we should all do a better job of singing our employee praises in public.

Image Credits: Chicago Tribune & dtcchc

  • Christy Eichers

    So true! Great reminder, Charlie!

  • Ray

    When I have the opportunity to share my wisdom with new supervisors, one thing that I tell them is: “Praise in public, punish in private”. Simple enough to stick and profound enough to have meaning.

  • hrfishbowl

    good counsel, ray…good counsel.

  • hrfishbowl

    thanks, christy. hope you’re well!

  • Ashli Norton

    Everyone loves a little PDA, including employees ;)

  • hrfishbowl

    ain’t it the truth!