It sounds so obvious, giving a compliment when something goes well. However, in practice, it still isn’t done as often as it should be. On National compliment day (March 1st), extra attention is given to this. This day is all about genuine personal attention and expressed appreciation. These two things cannot be bought, but they can deeply touch someone. So, on this day, take a moment to consciously appreciate the power of compliments!

Are compliments really that important?

Research shows that two out of three employees derive pleasure from receiving a compliment. This is partly because your employees and colleagues derive the most happiness from personal attention. A compliment reinforces someone’s sense of happiness and self-esteem. A compliment triggers the production of dopamine in the brain, resulting in a blissful, positive feeling.

Furthermore, compliments foster connections with others. This leads to better social interaction, increased motivation, and improved memory. This, in turn, allows you to perform better at work. So, bring on those compliments!

Both givers and recipients benefit from a compliment

Giving a compliment has many advantages. You demonstrate your involvement and make the other person feel good about themselves. You motivate and encourage someone to repeat the behavior you appreciate. It boosts someone’s self-confidence and puts that person in a positive mood. So, there are plenty of reasons to give someone a compliment today.

Giving a compliment also gives you a good feeling. The positive attention you’ve given to someone else makes you feel good. When you express your appreciation, colleagues and employees develop a positive impression of you, building a stronger relationship with them and enhancing trust.

In the workplace, giving compliments also has a positive effect. It increases collegiality, work quality, and performance. Additionally, it reduces long-term absenteeism because employees feel valued.

A healthy compliment is…

Concrete

A specific compliment is crucial, especially when it comes to work. Instead of just saying, “Well done!” also mention what you find impressive: “I’d like to compliment you. You completed this project before the deadline despite all the setbacks. You’ve done an excellent job!”

Genuine

In general, people can tell if a compliment is sincere or not. It backfires if a compliment doesn’t come across as genuine. Your conversation partner may become reserved, withdraw, and the conversation is likely to become strained. Therefore, give only sincere compliments.

Moderate

If you suddenly start giving too many compliments, people may eventually feel that they can’t trust your words anymore. An excess of compliments can make people feel they have nothing left to learn. Sometimes, constructive feedback is necessary to help people improve their performance.

So, giving good compliments isn’t as easy as it seems, but it does offer many benefits!

Are you not used to giving compliments? That’s okay because you can learn to give compliments! Start by giving a small compliment today. Be prepared to be surprised because those who give compliments eventually receive them in return.