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Do you feel awkward giving praise?

Everyone likes a pat on the back for a job well done.

Everyone likes a pat on the back for a job well done. However, sometimes it's difficult to administer that recognition, even if you want to praise someone. SAP recently explored some of the reasons that people hesitate to acknowledge others for their good work. Are these factors holding you back from praising your employees or colleagues?

  • You feel vulnerable or exposed when you reveal your opinion or sentiment.
  • It feels awkward or uncomfortable to say something.
  • You're not sure how the person you're complimenting will receive it.
  • They're already getting a paycheck, and you think extra recognition is excessive.
  • You're uncertain how to go about acknowledging their accomplishments.
  • It takes time, and you're a busy person.

These reasons can powerfully influence your decisions, but they're probably holding you back from contributing to an engaged, positive workforce. As a leader, it's your job to keep your team's morale high and motivate them to devote their attention and energy to achieving ambitious goals. Understanding the value of fostering positivity by acknowledging excellence can motivate you to overcome these obstacles. If you're still not comfortable with public or face-to-face interactions, it can help to utilize employee reward and recognition programs, which integrate praise and acknowledgement into your organization's regular activities.

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