The greatest need of a person is to feel valued. Sincere expressions of gratitude go a long way toward reassuring your coworkers that their efforts are appreciated, enhancing their morale, and enhancing performance and productivity. Here are some wonderful suggestions if you’ve been wondering how to compliment someone professionally.
It goes without saying that receiving compliments makes people happy. You might feel proud, happy, and more confident when you get compliments or positive feedback. This occurs because receiving praise triggers the neurotransmitter dopamine, which helps regulate the reward and pleasure centers of the brain. Along with making us feel good, dopamine can aid in creative problem-solving and imaginative thinking at work.
However, in order to have a long-term effect on employee engagement, compliments must be given frequently. These positive benefits are only temporary. Statistics show that workers are three times more likely to say they will quit the following year if they feel their contributions are not given enough credit at work.
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Why Is It Important To Praise Colleagues?
Human beings have an ingrained psychological need to feel accepted and respected. Complimenting your coworker shows them they are recognized and appreciated. The act of complimenting someone significantly impacts their happiness, creating a positive atmosphere at the workplace. Receiving compliments is an essential part of anyone’s personal growth.
The receiver and the giver benefit from a compliment. You receive gratitude when you compliment someone, boosting your self-esteem. You focus on the good in people, which will have a ripple effect throughout your workplace.
Complimenting others makes you feel good about yourself and helps build a community in your workplace where you feel accepted and supported. What an excellent and simple way to contribute to others’ well-being while boosting your own, right?
How To Praise Someone Professionally?
It shouldn’t be hard, but both giving and accepting a compliment can be quite a challenge. In the workplace and in your personal life, this is equally true. The key is to be sincere, and precise, and to support your statements with deeds.
- Don’t exaggerate – Another turnoff is overselling your admiration. Employees will eventually lose confidence in your honesty and sincerity.
- Back it up – A compliment won’t have much of an impact if it doesn’t make things better for them.
- Be genuine – A coworker or employee will recognize a fake compliment. Be sincere or your praise may backfire and damage your credibility.
- Mix it up – Again, compliments are good, but combine them with other rewards to express your gratitude. Food, a day of comfortable clothing, additional vacation time, a social media shout-out, gift cards, etc. Consider adding something, anything, to the mixture.
- Be specific – A general “Great job!” to a coworker or employee isn’t going to resonate. Tell them specifically what they did to merit your admiration.
- Make it timely – It will be pointless to compliment something that took place months ago. For praise to feel sincere, it must be given for a recent professional achievement.
- Make it personal – A single compliment to a sizable crowd is useless. To single out a single coworker (or a small team/division) for their unique accomplishments.
Making Praise Part Of Your Organizational Culture
One of the best ways to convey to a worker their value and the value of their work is through praise. The development of trust and the bolstering of professional ties depend heavily on it.
Only one in three workers in Germany and the United States strongly agreed, according to a Gallup study, that they had received compliments or recognition for their work in the previous seven days. Workers who disagreed were twice as likely to declare their intention to leave within the upcoming year.
These results are a testament to the value of praise and they strongly imply that praise is an essential part of a fruitful, feedback-rich culture.