It’s Amazing What Praising Can Do (part 2)

As noted last month we shared some practical insights for praising and recognizing employees in the workplace. That list continues after the following introduction.

It’s an established fact that effective leaders recognize and appreciate their staff. They do both. Recognition tends to flow from performance-based accomplishment and is frequently tied to the achievement of goals. In addition, it is often reward-based and can even involve plaques, certificates and awards.

Appreciation, on the other hand, stems from the value you have for each employee, focusing on who the person is rather than what he or she does. And, by the way, we need to appreciate employees even when they make mistakes.

Here are some more practical ways to recognize and praise employees in the workplace. (See the November blog for suggestions 1 through 5.)

  1. Take time to listen.
    Most of us spend too much time talking. Acknowledge your employees’ comments and contributions and pay attention to their non-verbal behavior as well.
  2. Recognize employee absences.
    Welcome employees back from vacations, days off for illness, business trips, etc. “We missed you yesterday” is a powerful acknowledgement.
  3. Make the most of post-it notes.
    A hand written post-it note stuck to a computer, a door frame or an unlikely place that thanks an employee for a job well done is fun and effective.
  4. Recognize extra effort.
    It is critical to recognize employee deeds that clearly go beyond “the call of duty.” Employees want to know that you think “they make a difference.”
  5. Customize a comic strip or cartoon.
    You can often turn a comic or cartoon into a playful and unexpected vehicle of appreciation and acknowledgement. Simply personalize the cartoon; add an employee’s name or company reference that communicates the message that the employee is important to you.

A note to our readers: If you have a praise tool that works for you, we invite you to share it with us so we can pass it along.



Proverbs 3:27

Whenever you possibly can, do
good to those who need it.


Can't Not Do

Life’s Great Question
Discover How You Contribute to the World
Tom Rath, Silicon Guild Books, 2020

If you are invested in such matters as purpose, increasing your life’s contribution through your work for others or have come to know that “tomorrow can be gone in an instant,” then this book will resonate with you. Most of you will recognize Tom Rath as the co-author of the 2004 bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? This book reads differently. Realizing that he is living on “borrowed time” and is “seeing his mortality on the horizon,” Rath communicates his message with an urgency.

Early in the book, Rath makes the case that “it’s time to push beyond personality and look outward to purpose…the goal should be more about service and less about self.” With that objective in mind, much of the book builds upon the idea that we can make a greater contribution to others if we use our greatest talents. In doing so, he believes that our work will increase our “health and wellbeing.”

An important insight Rath explores is that people do not have to change jobs or switch careers to feel fulfilled in their work. Citing research and researchers, he concludes that “it is possible to turn the job you have into the job you want.” If this thought resonates with you, you should read the book.

Life’s Greatest Question concludes with a discussion of the twelve primary areas of contribution that we can use to do more for others. They fall into three general categories:

  • Create: initiating, challenging, teaching, visioning
  • Relate: connecting, energizing, perceiving, influencing
  • Operate: organizing, achieving, adapting, scaling

One of Rath’s concluding thoughts summarizes his long view very succinctly: “Contribution is the sum of what grows when you are gone.”

If you are curious about curiosity this book is for you.

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