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March 15th, 2018 · No Comments

Not too long ago, we posted a blog about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs  and how it can help keep your employees happier. Happier employees lead to better productivity, higher retention rates, and better overall satisfaction with their job and organization. A compliment is appreciation in action which meets the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. To refer back to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, this would be meeting the esteem level of basic human needs.

Compliments are a form of structured gratitude, which is proven to have extremely beneficial effects in the workplace. It’s something so simple that every organization can be doing to create a better work environment. There are simple statements that could be used like “you’re the best”, “great job”, and “this is great work”.  Try to take it one step further to show your employees why they’re the best or why it’s great work.  Positive compliments like this can serve as feedback to the employee to know what they are doing right – which can be used again on their next project.

Of course, when the culture at the workplace changes, there will be an awkward transition.  Some employees may view compliments as “weird”, but if you stay consistent, this will dramatically improve the work environment and culture.


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