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Never underestimate the morale boost of saying “nice job” (and never fail to say it)

June 7, 2010
Nice work, Paco!

Source: blatantgizmo's Flickr stream

When you’re trying to teach someone something—especially when you need them to learn it—don’t ever discount positive reinforcement. Sometimes even when the slightest thing goes right, your team will appreciate hearing “nice job.”

In the journalism business especially, we get hung up a lot on c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, gotta get things done, but taking a break every now and again to recognize people’s good work goes a long way toward putting everyone in a good mood and moving them along in the learning process.

A few caveats:

  • Don’t gush over stuff;
  • Don’t make a big (public) scene out of it;
  • Don’t do it just to do it—be sincere.

Plain, simple, face-to-face: Nice job.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 7, 2010 9:08 am

    Agreed… A nice reminder about the small things that can be forgotten in today’s busy work world.

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