Showing appreciation for a colleague at work (or even your boss!) is extremely powerful. A new report by TINYpulse--an app that sends weekly one-question surveys to employees--shows that frequent recognition increases the “fun” of work, and reduces turnover.
Drawing on survey results from over 500 clients, TINYpulse found that employees who reported getting lots of appreciation at work were the most likely to score highly on the question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how enthusiastic would you be about reapplying for your job? The report also revealed a strong correlation between recognition and workers describing work as “fun.” Additionally, workers were more likely to rate their bosses favorably if they got recognition when it was deserved.
Beyond all this, we want to point out another powerful benefit to praising others at work. As we write in our book, BE QUIET BE HEARD, tell people you like what they’re doing, and they’ll repeat it! Offering praise not only gets people to engage in the same behaviors again, but also to look for ways of improving them.
Give thanks for a little and you will get a lot!
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7/8/2016 11:42:58 pm
The school where I work starts each day with a staff meeting. We begin each meeting with "shout outs" to staff for things we saw them do the day before. We work with a challenging group of students and staff often go beyond what would be common in a typical school setting. It is encouraging to see each other recognized for all that we do for our students. Most of which will never be known outside our small group.
7/12/2016 11:01:44 am
This is great, Loren! How long do the "shout outs" last each meeting? Is the staff meeting longer than the "shout out" portion? Thanks so much for sharing this idea with our community.
7/12/2016 03:12:49 pm
The meeting as a whole is 15-20 min. We start with shout outs where anyone can mention something they saw or heard, then we do "good of the order" housekeeping things, and finish with a brief "inspiration" provided by a different staff member each day. The length of each part differs from day to day.
7/13/2016 09:32:03 am
This is such a strong structure. And we are impressed that you have been able to sustain these 15-20 minute meetings over time. One of the coolest parts of the shout outs is that people are on the hunt for specific staff actions that are positive, given that they know there will be an opportunity the next morning for recognition. Thanks for clarifying, Loren.
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