If you were given a choice between a 10 percent raise or a kinder boss, which would you choose? According to an NBC News State of Kindness poll, 70 percent of survey participants would forego the cash for a kinder boss.
Kindness expressed through praise and recognition binds teams together, elevates trust, diminishes stress, improves overall health, and increases productivity. Being praised triggers the release of dopamine that not only makes us feel good, but can also contribute to innovative thinking and creative problem-solving at work.
Kindness pays. A Gallup survey of more than 10,000 business units and 30 industries found that individuals who receive regular recognition and praise:
Alternatively, employees not adequately recognized at work are three times more likely to leave in the following year, according to Gallup. The U.S. Department of Labor similarly reports that the number one reason people leave their jobs is because they “do not feel appreciated.” In fact, employee recognition is the second most powerful source of employee satisfaction following “achievement”—more important than “the work itself” and “advancement” in the rankings.
Praise shows people you value them and creates a feeling of connection, reminding us that our colleagues are human and relationships matter. After all, we spend more waking hours per day at the office than we do at home. Doesn’t it make sense to create a corporate culture that is engaging, energizing, positive, and productive?
Here are five practical tips to incorporate praise into your daily work-life:
How many times a week do you praise your colleagues—both your peers and those who may report to you? The simple act of praise makes others feel valued and makes you remembered for all the right reasons. I want to be remembered as a person who is quick to share applause and never misses an opportunity to say “great job!” I want to stand out for my thoughtfulness—as one who boosts the creativity, productivity, and loyalty of my teammates.