The Power of a Compliment
Never underestimate the value of a few kind words. “Please” and “thank you,” are mandatory at the office, but taking the extra step to compliment a coworker on a job well done is the ultimate morale booster. Nobody minds being told they’re doing a good job; in fact, that little phrase may just be the highlight of an otherwise challenging and frustrating day. As this article explains:
“Paying compliments has never been more strategically important than it is today. Not because people expect them, but precisely because they don't. While everyone is wrapped up in their own performance, people hardly take the time to recognize the work of others.”
However, there is a rule attached to this office pleasantry: It must be sincere. People know when you’re faking your compliments, so don’t go that route. You can avoid meaningless and even condescending compliments by looking whomever you are talking to in the eyes and telling them specifically what they have done that deserves praise. Never dispense compliments when you don’t mean them, stand to gain from them or feel obligated to give them, or you’ll wind up seeming insincere or untrustworthy.
The beauty of compliments is that they can travel in all directions. A boss can point out the excellent work of a subordinate. A coworker can compliment a colleague. An administrative assistant can tell the CEO, without being obsequious, when he or she is doing a great job. So take time to acknowledge those around you. You’ll not only boost your own mood and the dispositions of your colleagues, but you’ll also find that what goes around comes around.
Have you complimented someone else’s work recently? Tell us why in the comments section.
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