Ways Employees Can Praise Their Co-Workers

Create a positive work environment by complimenting other people's work.

Create a positive work environment by complimenting other people's work.

You may have the most complimentary boss ever, but that doesn't mean you should let her dish out all the kudos. Give your co-workers some props yourself. You'll spread the love and give everyone's productivity a boost. If your supervisors just don't have the time -- or inclination -- to dole out compliments in the office, it may be up to you to create a work atmosphere that is healthy and appreciative.

Bring Food

Burst in the door with a bag of breakfast burritos or a treat you've made at home to thank co-workers for their help on a project. Of course, breakfast isn't the only way to give your co-workers some edible praise. A plate of brownies or a chocolate bar nestled in a mailbox is equally welcome. If a co-worker has gone out of her way to help you, treat her to lunch.

Write a Note

While praising a colleague in person is always appropriate, go a step further and put your words in writing. Are you blown away by a presentation your co-worker did that landed the company five new clients? Send your star colleague an email telling her so. Keep a supply of note cards on hand and use them to write quick thank you notes or words of encouragement and praise. Don't overlook social media. A message on the "wall" of a colleague that says, "Mind-blowing! I admire your skills!" after she has made a major sale may bring a smile to her face. When using social media, keep in mind that clients may also have access to her account, so don't divulge work-related details.

Ask for Advice

One of the best ways to praise a person is to ask for her advice. This lets her know that you not only value her work, but believe that she has something to offer you. For example, if a colleague made a difficult sale, say, "You've got to reveal the magic words you used to turn Oscar the Grouch into a customer." This gives your co-worker the chance to bask in her magical abilities, and you'll learn something, too.

Public Praise

Todd Smith, a top-performing Realtor and author of the book "Little Things Matter," advises people to give praise publicly. You're not only telling your co-worker how valuable he is to you, you're also working to broadcast his worth to other people. You might say, "Juan, I was afraid the report would be late after I had so many problems formatting the photos. I can't believe you got it in on time." Turning to others in the room and say, "He absolutely rocks!"

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Elise Wile has been a writer since 2003. Holding a master's degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training.

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