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Take the ‘praise you’ test

October 17, 2012

In a work environment, particularly at busy times, it can be easy to focus only on the problems and what people are doing wrong. But if you don’t stop to celebrate your successes and those of your colleagues, you’re on the road to an unhappy workplace.

Check out these four questions, courtesy of The Mind Gym, to see how well you rate on the ‘praise you’ scale:

1. When was the last time you congratulated someone for something they had done well?

a. In the last hour
b. Today
c. Yesterday
d. In the last week
e. More than a week ago

2. In a normal day, how often do you praise someone (not necessarily the same person) for something they have done?

a. Once at best
b. 2-3 times
c. 5-10 times
d. 10-20 times
e. More than 20 times a day

3. When you last praised someone, did you:

a. Say ‘well done’ and leave it at that
b. Tell them what they did that was good
c. Outline the impact of what they did

4. Thinking about someone close to you (colleague, partner etc), for every ten times you praise them, how often do you criticise them?

a. Never
b. Once
c. 5 times
d. 10 times
e. 20 times
f. 50 times
g. 100 or more times

There are no scores for this test – it’s designed as a tool for reflection. But all the questions hinge around your communication with others. In congratulating someone, letting them know the impact they made is probably the strongest thing you can do in terms of boosting their wellbeing and confidence – at the very least, a well done or a thank you can go a long way.

Source: The Mind Gym – Wake Your Mind Up

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