The Self-Awareness Guy

The Value of Praise in the Workplace

Many leaders forget how important it is to praise employees and co-workers.  People feel great when you point out that they are doing something well.  Praise goes beyond the feeling good part to improving morale, motivation and productivity.  Think about it for a moment; would you rather work for someone who praises you or one that never notices you?

Leaders and supervisors benefit greatly from praising their employees.  People are willing to do more for you if they think you care.  Here are some tips to incorporate praise into your workplace:

  1. Praise each person once a day if possible.
  2. Praise positive performance not physical attributes.
  3. Catch people doing something well and praise then.
  4. Don’t expect praise back, give and let go.
  5. Don’t worry about looking weak or insincere.
  6. Keep praising until you’re an expert at it.
  7. Once you’re an expert, teach others how to do it.
  8. Make praise an ongoing activity.
  9. Praise people you don’t like or know very well too.
  10. Praise yourself.

I frequently get questions along the lines of, “Well, what if the praise comes across as fake?”  I’ll let you decide how to deliver the praise.  It’ll sound genuine if you really mean it.  Organizations that encourage their employees to praise each other experience great benefits.  Start praising today and see what it can do for you.



2 thoughts on “The Value of Praise in the Workplace

  1. Qiana

    Guy Farmer-So pleased to have found you! Looking for blogs on training and things associated has not been easy for me! I agree that praise is one of the MOST important things we can do. We can build a fire with our employees, not light a fire under them! I have a Masters in Education and currently in a program for Training/Dev. Do you have any suggestions about good books to use on this topic? I have several in mind: 1001 Ways 2 Energize Employees, 365 Ways to Motivate and reward. Any of thes worth me looking in to further?Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. Guy Farmer

      Dear Qiana,

      Thanks for your insightful comments and congratulations on your studies. Much of my training approach is based on Rogerian Psychology which emphasizes unconditional positive regard, being non-directive and assuming the person can arrive at his or her own answers. A business-oriented book that includes some of that message is Jon Gordon’s “The Energy Bus.”In the end, it’s about the trainer having a level of self-awareness that allows them to get out of the way and let people shine.

      Take care,