When People Are Doing a Good Job, Tell Them

People need to feel seen.

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

What is important is the lesson I learned along the way — when they’re doing a good job, a person needs to hear that.

Whether it be your employees, colleagues, children, spouse, friends, family members, or staff, withholding praise from others is counterproductive. It’s not helping them get better at their jobs; it’s not strengthening the relationship that the two of you have; it’s not making people work any harder at their jobs, either.

All it does is make people resent the job or task at hand.

Nobody wants praise for something that they didn’t do, for work that is mediocre or not up to par. Nobody wants to be coddled or patted on the head as if they were a child who didn’t understand the situation. But when people meet and exceed expectations, it would be nice to be told that they are doing so, for hearing those words makes a difference.

I write essays and poetry about life lessons, love, relationships, and self-awareness. More info: meganminutillo.com. Find me on Instagram: @meganminutillo.

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