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June 1st is #SaySomethingNiceDay celebrate with compliments for coworkers

Who doesn’t like a compliment? Especially from a coworker or boss, hearing kind words about a job well done can go a long way. In the workplace, compliments for coworkers can play an essential role in establishing team rapport. With the ever-growing list of national holidays, #SaySomethingNice Day is one that I can totally get behind. It has always boggled my mind that humans tend to focus on the negative. Negativity bias is a real thing. While adverse experiences certainly have a lasting impact, I’d make the argument that the power of a compliment is equally as influential. Giving a meaningful compliment is a true sign of leadership. It sets an example that others are likely to follow.

Today, many workforces are operating in a remote capacity. If they aren’t currently, they likely were at some point over the last year-and-a-half. When working from home, there are fewer organic moments for casual conversations, including compliments. In fact,  collaboration and mental wellness are notable challenges for newly remote organizations. Creating a supportive environment and fostering team cohesion can ultimately lead to a more productive team. For a business, this means better outcomes. So, if you’d like to contribute to overall healthy mental habits, make compliments for coworkers a daily practice.

June 1st happens to be #SaySomethingNiceDay. So, who are you going to share a genuine compliment with today? They may be working remotely 5 states away, but trust me, the smallest words of kindness can have a huge impact on someone’s day.

To get you started, here’s a quick and easy list of 3 great compliments for coworkers:

1. Recognize an accomplishment.

Know a teammate or coworker that has recently met a significant goal or completed a huge project? Take a moment right now to craft a short message – or better yet, go ‘old school’ and pick up the phone and call! The simple act of remarking on their hard work is a great way to make an impact.

2. Compliment a personality trait.

I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful for the variety of personalities that make up my team. While one person’s approach likely isn’t the same as another’s – diversity brings growth. Whether it’s their smiley disposition that greets you every morning on the other side of the camera and has a positive effect on your day, or their ability to always give candid, constructive feedback that often results in a better final product, complimenting a personality trait is a thoughtful way to spread kindness today, and always.

3. Acknowledge their importance

It sounds so simple, and it is. Sometimes just taking a moment to say, “I couldn’t have done it without you” or “I’m so grateful for the role you play on our team” is all that it takes. Whether they are a permanent member of the team, or an independent contractor helping out, it’s equally important to make them feel valued.

Now off you go! Spread the word on this #SaySomethingNice Day and be the positive change you want to see.

Jamie Parks
Jamie Parks

As the Vice President of Marketing at Atrium, Jamie enjoys helping to create content that is accessible and relevant to job seekers and workforce professionals alike.