It’s National Say Something Nice Day, and we’re all about spreading positivity!
Words matter, and when you say something nice, you spread a little more happiness along the way.
When it comes to your office, spreading encouragement is all the more important. After all, who wants to work in an environment filled with criticism?
The language you use is what sets the tone for your office culture. So, when you are mindful of your language and incorporate positive feedback into your communication, you create a culture of recognition, listening, and making people feel valued! The outcome? Motivated and inspired employees who are more willing to be proactive!
It’s time to be positive: here’s why!
We often associate “feedback” with criticism. When your colleague tells you they have some feedback, it’s just natural to expect them to tell you what went wrong. But feedback doesn’t always have to be criticism, it can be positive as well!
Positive feedback is a great way to fuel growth and development – both personal and professional. By recognizing the value people add, you increase their confidence, show them that they’re supported, and improve employee retention (who doesn’t want to stay where they’re appreciated?).
And what’s more, when you create a culture where praise is given freely, and not as something to be earned, you have employees who feel seen and recognized. This increases self-motivation, as people become more proactive—not out of the need to earn something, but because they genuinely enjoy being a part of the team.
Positive feedback helps encourage growth, reinforce good habits, and keeps people engaged. This, in turn, reduces churn as people feel like they’re a part of a team, and not working in isolation.
Let’s spread some cheer: Here’s how!
While we’re all focused on giving feedback, it’s important to recognize the value people – introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between – bring to the table – and recognize this in a way that truly resonates with them. Here’s how you can get started:
Say it autoMatically
Not everyone wants to be on the stage. Sometimes, it’s important to show people they’re being appreciated without shinning a bright spotlight on their face. In fact, recognition doesn’t always have to be a big thing! Small gestures can mean a lot more, which is why we created SoGoMatic, a solution that helps you find the right words and share your appreciation for everyone around (anonymously or not, it is entirely up to you!)
In turn, you’ll notice a team that goes out of their way to recognize, appreciate, and call out good things about their colleagues, creating a more cohesive and collaborative culture!
Reap the Rewards
Awards and recognition programs are another great opportunity for you to say something nice. You can host regular meetings, and ensure contributions are valued across the board.
To get started, send out forms so that colleagues can nominate one another for awards and give their reasons – we’ve got a template ready and waiting for you!
It’s not enough to simply call out a name and say “good job.” Telling people why their contributions matter shows them that their work is truly being noticed, thereby increasing their confidence, and showing them that it’s not just hollow words.
Positivity all around
We’re all looking to contribute and help make things better. That’s why suggestions and criticism have become the norm.
By consciously including positive feedback into your daily language, you’ll ensure that your people feel supported and heard. Moreover, genuine praise is also a great way to bolster confidence, helping people do their work better.
And when criticism does come, it becomes easier to see it not as an attack on their contribution, but as an opportunity for improvement and development.
So get out there and start spreading the positivity… not just on National Say Something Nice Day, but every day!