One of the effective ways to create a good working atmosphere in the organization is to praise and encourage each other. Praising can create a good and positive organizational culture. It makes employees happy because they feel that they are in a good working environment, and raises their working spirit. Also, it creates a working atmosphere where everyone appreciates each other which is the acknowledgment of their success. For all the reasons above, praising is very impactful in the workplace.
Now, let’s take a look at people who get praised. What would happen to them?
1. It could encourage continuous positive workplace behavior because they know that what they are doing is right and is accepted in the working society. (e.g. “Well done, this month’s sales have increased a lot.”, “You’ve prepared for the seminar well.”)
2. It could make them understand their next working step better because they know that they are on the right track. (e.g. “Good job for bringing up this topic.”, “You did well in selecting the right color for this.”)
3. It could raise their working spirit. Praising makes them feel valued and appreciated for their contribution at work. It’s also an acknowledgment of their talent. (e.g. “Thank you for your dedication.”, “The customer also praised you for your hard work.”, “The information you’ve sent is very useful.”)
4. It could boost their “Self-esteem”. When they get praised, it affects their sense of self-worthiness and make them feel worthy. (e.g. “Good job, the document is so detailed.”, “You’ve solved the problem well.”)
On the other hand, what would happen when you praise people randomly or carelessly?
1. It could make them feel that the praising is insincere. It could also make them feel frustrated if the praising is not about something that they did or have worked hard for.
2. It could make those who did well but never get praised question why the other person gets praised instead of them. This could lead to Burnout, Brownout, and if this keeps on happening, it could lead to their resignation.
3. It could create a feeling of being taken advantage of and lead to distrustfulness in the workplace if one person gets praised and take credit for what the other person did.
4. It could make people feel that their effort and contribution at work are unappreciated. This could make them become less cooperative and contribute less at work.
5. It could create confusion that affects the working direction. When everything is ambiguous, the direction will also be unclear and could lead to mistakes.
How to practice praising in the organization?
1. Adjust the aspect you have for others and practice positive thinking by finding good things about your coworkers and praise them for those things. (e.g. “Good job on the presentation!”, “Good job for making the meeting runs smoothly.”)
2. Embrace individual differences without bias. You have to be able to accept who you are first in order to be able to accept others. Think of how different your 10 fingers, both left and right are. Even though they look and function differently, they complement each other well.
3. Thank others for the little things that they do. (e.g. “Thank you for bringing me coffee.”, “Thank you for reading my report till late at night.”, “Thank you, the snack that you bought for me is delicious.”)
4. Establish the Worker of the Month Program to promote praising culture.
Keep practicing finding good things in others. If you do it often enough, you will have a more positive outlook in life which will be is good for your mental health in the long run.