Eric Jacobson

Why Giving Praise Doesn’t Work

In Effective Communications, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Leadership Training, Management, Motivating Employees on December 10, 2011 at 6:40 am

There is an important difference between giving your employees positive  feedback and giving them praise.

Positive  feedback focuses on the specifics of job performance. Praise, often one-or  two-sentence statements, such as “Keep up the good work,” without positive  feedback leaves employees with empty feelings.

Worse yet, without  positive feedback, employees feel no sense that they are appreciated as  individual talents with specific desires to learn and grow on the job and in  their careers, reports Nicholas Nigro, author of, The Everything  Coaching and Mentoring Book.

So, skip the praise and give  positive feedback that is more uplifting to your employees because it goes to  the heart of their job performance and what they actually do.

An  example of positive feedback is:

“Bob, your communications  skills have dramatically improved over the past couple of months. The report  that you just prepared for me was thorough and concise. I appreciate all the  work you’ve put into it, as do your team members.”

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