I HAVE TO say, this week I am walking on sunshine. I am
getting a lot done and feeling really good while getting it
all done. Which is pretty surprising, since earlier this
week, I felt completely overwhelmed and a little defeated.
I had been feeling overwhelmed with the large amount
of work on my plate (both at home and at the office),
every new task added to the list just
made me feel more and more tired.
Less and less excited. More and more
But then something kind of amazing
happened. And it was amazing because
it was so small. I got to work, and shortly thereafter, I received an email message highlighting some recent wins
that came out of work I had just done.
In fact, the message included this
day-maker: “Amazing job on the pre-
Oh yeah, those are seven exclama-
Ever wondered how to make your
team more productive, more excited,
and more motivated? It’s really simple.
It’s so ridiculously simple.
Seven exclamation points completely changed the trajectory of my week.
You had better believe my spirits
were lifted and I kept working even
harder after hearing that my work was
not only appreciated, but that it also
helped us achieve some goals.
Why did this work?
Because praise is one of the most
meaningful ways to connect with the
people on your team and motivate
them to do more amazing work.
Nobody comes to work to do a bad
job. Most of us are doing our best.
Even so, it’s rare that we hear how our
work is being received. We assume if we
hear nothing that it means we are not in
trouble, which is good. But it’s not great.
A Gallup study found that more than
two-thirds of employees do not receive
any praise in a given week.
Which is surprising, given the research that shows getting “praise or recognition for good work” increases revenue and productivity 10% to 20% and that
those feeling unrecognized are three
times more likely to quit in the next year.
Going So Far?
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Praise matters just
as much as money.
BY KATE MATSUDAIRA