Tip #40: Recognize and praise someone’s skills, knowledge or accomplishment
Be as specific as possible.
Generic praise is nice, but specific accolades are much more meaningful.
Studies show that peer praise is often more meaningful than praise from leaders; however, this is usually only because the leader doesn’t always know exactly what the person did to deserve the praise. The leader may get a script at an award ceremony or similar event and recite the nice words on the paper, but they don’t mean as much to the employee as they would if their words were not delivered solely at this type of event.
That is why unexpected, specific praise about a particular activity (at the time that it happens, rather than at a big formal event) is a huge WOW!
It means that the associate’s work and activities were truly noticed and known by the leader and the associate knows the executive means it from the heart… not just from the script.
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