A Pat on the Back Pays Huge Dividends
Recognition is the most powerful human motivator in the workplace.Â It costs nothing, and pays back huge dividends.
Many people think that money and perks are the best motivator, but money often gets applied to bills, and perks quickly forgotten.Â The power in verbal recognition is that is strikes an emotional cord within people, and they never forget how they felt.
Â â€śA pat on the back is just a few vertebrae up from a kick in the pants but is miles ahead in results.â€ť â€”Ella Wheeler Wilcox
People wonâ€™t always remember what you told them or taught them, but theyâ€™ll always remember how you made them feelâ€”whether itâ€™s good or bad. Thereâ€™s humongous power in giving others affirmation. Praise, recognition, and acknowledgment help others feel self-value.
â€śIf you want to knock the chip off someoneâ€™s shoulder, give them a pat on the backâ€ť â€“ Church sign
Whose Role Is It Anyway?
In the workplace, people think praise should come from the top; in other words, praise is the role of management. I disagree. Itâ€™s everyoneâ€™s responsibility to contribute toward creating the corporate culture in which they want to work. For a positive culture, youâ€™ve got to first be positive. Part of being positive is sharing gratitude for all thatâ€™s in your life or workplace. We often overlook what is and instead think and talk about what isnâ€™t.
The next time you walk into your place of employment, count 100 things you are thankful for, and then verbalize some of your gratitude toward the people who created these things. â€śI am thankful for this security system that I must pass through because it keeps me safe. I am thankful for clean hallways and lights to guide me in.â€ť Those are two. Can you think of ninety-eight more? Everyone on your team can praise one another as wellâ€”for example, â€śThe hallways smell fresh and clean today, Joe.â€ť
Catch People Doing Things Right!
Be the one who notices your fellow employees, friends, or family members doing things right, and speak to them about it. Youâ€™ll contribute to a very positive corporate or family cultureâ€”one in which youâ€™ll want to work and thrive.
â€śYour team members are the co-creators of your dreams and aspirations.â€ť â€”Napoleon Hill
Earn huge dividends this month by paying forward some sincere and well deserved recognition to those in your work family.
Read more recognition tips here from the Recognition Professionals International website.
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Pennyâ€™s March Blog Post: Letting People Know Who They Are has a Significant Ripple Effect