The power of compliments
We all love to receive compliments in our day-to-day lives – but do you know how powerful they can be in the workplace?
An academic study found that 67% of staff believe that receiving praise and commendations from their managers is a top motivator at work compared to financial and noncash incentives.
Your business is more than just your managers. When was the last time someone from HR complimented someone in accounts? The nature of the workplace might make this difficult, which is why encouraging compliments across the business at your Christmas party is a great way to ensure this happens.
Now let’s be clear, this teambuilding exercise shouldn’t involve everyone in a room being forced to hand out compliments on the spot – compliments this way are less likely to be sincere.
Instead, you could create an online questionnaire a week or so before your Christmas party that asks staff to write something nice about each of their peers. Once the data has been collected, you can create and print out sheets for everyone that contains a list of everything nice their colleagues have to say.
These sheets can then be handed out at the party so everyone can share in that warm fuzzy feeling only a good compliment can give.
Get people excited!