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Giving Effective Praise

I seem to run into managers far too often who are quick to critique, but slow to praise.  Meaningful, authentic positive re-enforcement is one of the most important things to have as a part of your company culture.

From a Sandglaz article from last fall:

What better pick-me-up is there than praise for your hard work? Praise can turn a bad day around. It can remind you that although you’re stressed and buried in piles of work, you’re doing a good job. That’s why team members, regardless of their positions, shouldn’t hesitate to praise each other.

Praise and positive feedback go hand in hand. They’re timely, specific comments about something a team member did well. Unlike feedback, praise doesn’t have to be constructive. It can simply be used as a motivational tool to boost performance. Praise is also based on personal judgement, whereas feedback should be factual and issue-focused.

These aspects of praise are well known. But here are some interesting, scientifically-backed tips on how to properly praise your teammates.

  • Avoid the sandwich approach
  • Praise teammates while they’re working toward a goal, not after they’ve achieved it
  • Tailor praise to the teammate’s personality and experience level

Read the whole article:
http://blog.sandglaz.com/properly-praise-team-members/

About the author Sam Hotchkiss

Sam currently leads development on the widely used Jetpack plugin at Automattic, he's started and run multiple successful companies, and enjoys taking photos when he gets the chance. When they're not traveling, Sam and his wife, Becky, live in beautiful New Mexico, where he passes the time by talking about himself in third person.

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